WHAT IS THE ROLE OF MELANIN IN OUR SKIN?

The sun is essential not only for the synthesis of vitamin D, which enables us to fix the calcium and phosphorus we need for our bones, but also for the prevention of depression, the regulation of our internal clocks, and to improve our ability to learn, among other things. While it is important to us, it is also extremely dangerous in high doses, and several visible and invisible forms of radiation can damage the skin.

It was thought that only UV rays affected skin cells, but recent studies have shown that  almost all types of light affect the skin. Depending on their wavelength, they cause various cutaneous malfunctions that accelerate the skin aging process, thereby changing the skin’s external appearance, redness, spots, lines, and wrinkles.

 

Melanin is a natural pigment found in many living things including humans. It is known to give skin its brown coloration. Its role is essential because it helps protect the skin against ultraviolet rays.

Its concentration in the human body defines the coloring of the skin, hair, and the eyes.

Melanin is an essential factor in skin tanning and plays a protective role for the skin. It is the latter that captures ultraviolet rays which are a factor in the degradation of human skin.

These ultraviolet rays contribute to the destruction of the skin by creating skin cancer, lesions, and skin spots. So, you need to understand that melanin plays a protective role in the skin against aging. It also improves the functioning of the nervous system to facilitate the speed of messages sent by the brain to reach others from the body, especially in people with melanoderma.

In humans, the type and concentration of melanin notably define the color of the skin, hair, and eyes.

The greater its concentration in the superficial layers of the skin, the darker the skin appears.

 

Melanin is involved in the mechanisms of tanning and plays an essential photoprotective role.

It can capture ultraviolet (UV) rays known to be harmful to the skin. There are 2 types of ultraviolet radiation can reach the skin and damage it: UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin and can cause significant damage. They are particularly involved in the development of wrinkles, skin spots, precancerous skin lesions and skin cancer. In high doses, UVB rays burn the skin. They also promote cancerous development.

Melanin, this little pigment in our skin, marginal in terms of everything that differentiates us from each other, plays an essential role in the protection of the DNA of our cells against ultraviolet rays.

 

While the natural melanin found in our skin really works to protect against UVA/UVB damage, there is also a non-GMO derived Melanin that can be added to your skincare routine that will help protect skin from the most damaging type of light which is HEB high energy visible light

Contained in our  EXPRESS Resveratrol cream https://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/morgannas-express/

It is called fractionated Melanin

It is called fractionated Melanin

  • Protects skin from harmful effects of HEV light
  • Prevents oxidative stress
  • Prevents the generation of an impaired barrier
  • Prevents skin aging that is generated though accelerated cell senescence
  • Prevents hyperpigmentation

DARK SPOTS AND HYPERPIGMENTATION: THE CAUSES

Where do pigment spots come from?

Dark spots are a sign of a skin pigmentation disorder. To understand the mechanism of their appearance, we must therefore be interested in the process of skin pigmentation.

 

 

Melanocytes, melanin, hyperpigmentation

Skin pigmentation is linked to the action of melanocytes, the epidermal cells that produce melanin, which is responsible for the coloring of the skin. There are two types of melanin: eumelanin (black or dark brown) and phaeomelanin (red), which are present in varying proportions in each person.

The spots are due to a dysfunction of the melanocytes which produce an excessive or insufficient quantity of melanin, causing clusters of pigments or on the contrary a depigmentation, as for example in the case of vitiligo, a skin condition which marks the disappearance of the melanocytes. Brown or white spots then appear on the skin. The parts of the body most affected by this problem are the face, décolleté and hands.

There are four main causes of dark spots on skin.

  1. Sun damage

The main factor involved is exposure to the sun. UV rays, in particular UVA rays, induce skin photoaging and disrupt the distribution of melanin which concentrates on localized areas. This phenomenon causes what are called solar lentigines or actinic lentigines, more commonly known as sunspots. The risk of pigment spots linked to the sun is more important when there is insufficient or no sun protection.

 

 

  1. Skin aging and free radicals

Another factor that promotes pigment spots is skin aging, caused by free radicals. We then speak of age spots or senile lentigines. Free radicals are produced by our bodies during the metabolism of oxygen. They destabilize cells and cause an oxidation reaction called “radical attack” or “oxidative stress”.

Free radicals are favored by many things: the sun, pollution, tobacco, anxiety and stress, an unbalanced diet. They cause an overload of the epidermal cells which results in premature aging, a degradation of collagen, imperfections as well as dark spots which dull the complexion. To counteract these negative effects, you can take antioxidant supplements throughout the year. For example Resveratrol or Astaxanthin, as well as Vitamin C

  1. Hormones

In many women, spots on the skin can also be linked to hormonal changes. Taking birth control pills, pregnancy and menopause are all factors that can cause dark spots to appear. Pregnant women are thus often confronted with melasma, a hyper melanosis better known under the term “pregnancy mask”. Spots then form on the cheekbones, forehead and top of the lips. This type of skin spot is particularly difficult to remove and can last for many years.

 

  1. Inflammation due to poor diet

Glycation is a kind of “spontaneous caramelization” of organic proteins. It is neither programmed nor intended by the body and occurs simply because of the presence of sugars and blood and cellular proteins.

Few people know about the phenomenon of glycation, which is nevertheless one of the fundamental mechanisms of aging and can have at least as important consequences on health. This phenomenon is natural and a healthy organism generally knows how to manage it, but it can become “out of control”, for example, if you consume too many sugars, too much grilled or charcoaled food or when we suffer from stress.

 

 

 

Residual scars

An insect bite, a burn or acne are all conditions that weaken the skin, leave scars, and make the epidermis more vulnerable to dark spots. Indeed, they induce an inflammatory process which will produce enzymes. These, together with UV rays, increase the risk of a brown spot.

Other causes

In some cases, brown spots on the skin can be the consequence of the use of aggressive skincare products or frequent exfoliation which sensitizes and weakens the epidermis or of genetic factors which predispose to the development of skin spots.

What is the evolution of a pigment spot?

Dermatologists distinguish three stages in the development of a brown spot. The first is the emerging spot: the excess melanin rises to the surface of the epidermis and alters the uniformity of the skin texture without the stain being visible to the naked eye.

The second stage is the spot installed: the excess pigments spread to the upper layers of the skin and the spots become visible.

The third and final step represents the recurring spots. Even if melanin clumps are eliminated on the surface, the melanocytes remain disordered and the brown spot can reappear at any time, especially with exposure to the sun.

 

 

What can you do to prevent the appearance of dark spots on the skin?

The first thing to keep in mind is Patience.  Dark spots are difficult to lighten, but it is possible.

The best way to limit the appearance of dark spots is to follow simple prevention principles every day. Skin care, sun protection and healthy lifestyle are the three elements to be favored.

Protect your skin from the sun.

To prevent the appearance of dark spots on your skin, sun protection is a must! If you want to avoid spots, use all year round, even in cloudy weather and in the city, a day cream with a high sun protection factor (at least SPF 30). We recommend using a ZINC OXIDE sunscreen, it is not irritating as other sunscreens.

At the same time, it is always best not to go out in the sun during the time of Zenith between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Complete your sun protection by wearing a wide-brimmed hat or even an anti-UV hat to cover your face and protect it from pigment spots.

 

 

Maintain a healthy lifestyle.

A healthy lifestyle also plays a role in the quality of the skin and the prevention of skin spots. We recommend that you first eat a varied and balanced diet, limit the consumption of fatty and sugary foods and exercise regularly.

 

Stress has a significant impact on the skin because it promotes the development of free radicals that cause aging and dark spots. Several methods exist to learn to manage your stress daily. To find the one that will be the most suitable for you, consult our advice sheet: “How to manage your stress?” “.

 Brightening skincare.

Any anti-spot treatment aims to reduce the production of melanin and blur the contours, size, and color of pigment spots. To be effective, an anti-dark spot skincare routine must act on four distinct fronts:

  • exfoliation, with fruit acids (BHA) or salicylic acid.
  • inhibition of tyrosinase (enzyme controlling the production of melanin), with Resveratrol and Melanin Our Express anti dark spots is best      https://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/morgannas-express/
  • anti-inflammatory action, with panthenol or vitamin B3 (niacinamide)               https://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/express-concentrated-brightening-serum/
  • antioxidant action, with vitamins C and Peptides   https://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/illuminate-pea-peptides-serum/

Resveratrol derived from Grape seeds: This is a polyphenol that activates what are called sirtuins. These proteins are known to be so-called longevity proteins that allow cells to extend their lifespans. This molecule is very restorative. It is specifically found in the seed film. It is a polyphenol belonging to the class of stilbenes. It can be found in over 70 species of plants, such as blackberries, pomegranate, peanuts, lingonberries, rhubarb, cocoa, blueberries and walnuts. The molecule acts both as a prevention and as a treatment with a view to rejuvenating the skin. The question is therefore to know to what extent the various properties of this molecule contribute to the prevention, even to the cure of skin aging.

Resveratrol to help fight dark spots and age spots

WHAT IS RESVERATROL?

 Resveratrol is a phytoalexin, which is an antibiotic substance that is produced by the plant when it is attacked by a microorganism. Its release in the plant helps limit the spread of damage caused by aggression.

Resveratrol is a chemical molecule from the polyphenol family. Polyphenols are molecules present in plants, known for their antioxidant properties.

This molecule exists in two different forms: a cis- form and a trans- form. We are talking about isomers. It is the trans- form which has the most effective antioxidant action and the one that we use in our Morganna’s Express Spot remover

What are the properties of resveratrol?

There are over 3 million studies currently that have been done showing its beneficial properties and how Resveratrol is now considered to be a “Youth Molecule”

  1. The properties of resveratrol may not only confer cardiovascular benefits in grapes and red wine, but also be the source of the therapeutic potential of several fruits, super-foods and medicinal plants.
  2. Antioxidant power. Resveratrol is often touted as a powerful natural antioxidant. And for good reason, since numerous studies have shown it to be able to oppose the accumulation of free radicals, these hyperactive elements responsible for a lot of damage within the body.
  3. Anti-aging effects. Its antioxidant properties give it an anti-aging action. By countering the damage caused by free radicals, resveratrol helps to fight against the premature aging of body tissues. In addition, some studies show that it may be able to activate certain longevity genes. It is for these different reasons that this active principle is used in cosmetic anti-wrinkle creams.
  4. Anti-inflammatory activity. Several studies have shown that it limits the secretion of pro-inflammatory substances. In this way, it can reduce or even prevent certain inflammatory reactions
  5. Anti-cancer action. Studies show that its anti-inflammatory activity also helps it fight against the development of cancer cells. This anti-cancer action of resveratrol has aroused the interest of many specialists.
IT’S A GREAT SHIELD. “it is also effective against pigment disorders by inhibiting an enzyme that causes dark spots,” adds Dr. Baxter

Resveratrol protects us from oxidation, this process of cell alteration caused in part by external aggressions and which the body cannot channel. Four out of five wrinkles are due to this phenomenon.

 

 

A study published in The Lancet shows that the antioxidant power of these molecules would be 10,000 times more effective than that of vitamin E. To benefit from it, do not put your nose outside without having applied a dab of cream rich in this substance on your face, cleavage.

 

 

In skincare:

Resveratrol fights Glycation: A phenomenon of “caramelization” of fibers under the effect of sugar which leads to the intensification of wrinkles and to an accelerated loss of elasticity and firmness. It is again a surprising capacity of protection that this marvelous molecule offers.

It also stimulates the production of two kinds of collagen. Type I collagen, present in the deep dermis, which maintains the skin.  As well as type III collagen, present between the cells, which ensures the density and the “bounce” of our features.

 

 

To understand the actions of Resveratrol we must also understand oxidation in particular skin oxidation.

 

 

What is skin oxidation?

Take an apple, cut it, and leave it in the open air … after a few hours, its flesh turns brown and dries up. Its oxidized.

Unlike the apple, our skin naturally produces antioxidants to protect itself. But these molecules reduce activity when the body is exposed daily to oxidizing factors such as stress, fatigue, pollution, smoking and of course the sun. To defend itself, the skin emits free radicals, in excess. These are the ones that over the long term eat away at the cells of the epidermis and cause age spots, hyperpigmentation, dark spots, wrinkles, and folds.

 

Why use antioxidant treatments?

To combat this phenomenon of skin oxidation in a targeted manner.  This is where the ‘Youth Molecules “ like Resveratrol come in.

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3 CHARACTERISTICS OF Brown and BLACK SKIN that you should know about

Brown and Black skin is more resistant than white skin to sun damage and skin aging: wrinkles are shallower and appear later. The first signs of aging rarely appear before the age of 50.

But alongside this advantage, brown and  black skin is also much more sensitive: it scars easily and heals in more time. Indeed, the slightest skin imperfection is often followed by a repair phase which results in the appearance of brown spots. This is due to the melanin which is present even in the superficial layers of the epidermis of black skin. As soon as the skin is irritated (pimple, itching …) this results in an increase in the color of the skin and therefore in the appearance of dark  spots or hyperpigmentation. The best way to reduce this is by exfoliation

Additionally, during the winter months, brown and black skin suffers from a decrease in humidity in the air. This results in dry skin and a dull complexion. The skin then becomes rough, flaky and itchy often. To fight against this feeling of discomfort, it is necessary to hydrate the skin deeply

 

The last characteristic, black skin is much more prone to ingrown hairs. these types of skin are more affected because the hairs curl and do not cross the skin. The hair therefore grows under the skin and this causes pimples. To avoid these inconveniences, it is necessary to perform scrubs. Be careful, not to choose anything too abrasive, the skin being sensitive, prefer a gentle exfoliation. It id best to opt for an electric shave instead, mechanical razors cutting the hair at an angle only accentuate the problems of ingrown hairs on black skin.

 

 

  1. Cleanse and moisturize, the first secret of beautiful natural black skin

Skin imperfections are often due to inflammation caused by benign external aggressions such as impurities and pollution residues. The skin of the face is naturally the most exposed part.

To avoid the appearance of pimples, blackheads and other comedones, it is important to take the time to thoroughly cleanse your skin in the morning and at night.

Cleansing foam, cleansing oil or micellar water are natural black skin care products

  1. Pay attention to your pH

Be sure to remove your makeup with products that will not disturb your pH. Your skin is covered with a thin layer called the hydrolipid film.

This layer is composed of a mixture of sebaceous secretions and sweat (sweat glands), it is also called the acid mantle because it has a protective role, essential for the skin.

We know that healthy skin has a slightly acidic pH: this is on average between 5.5 and 5.8.

  1. gentle exfoliation, a beauty ritual for dark skin

As on all skin, exfoliation helps eliminate dead skin and impurities that choke pores and reduce the radiance of the complexion.

Black skin also tends to produce particularly tough dead skin that can be difficult to remove.

Actions to avoid: abuse foundation, suffocates the skin, especially when you have very active seborrhea. It is better to use a compact powder and a little loose powder on the oily areas.

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Here’s a tip: in the morning, mix a little tinted BB cream with its moisturizer and apply it all with your fingertips.

 

 

What NOT to do to your gorgeous brown and black skin

YOU DRY SHAVE AND USE VERY HOT WAX

This will darken areas such as elbows, knees, armpits and bikini lines

The elbows and knees, are areas overexposed to the sun, it is necessary to apply sunscreens and do regular scrubs. Dark areas on the armpits and bikini line are a consequence of hair removal. It is important to prepare your skin well before shaving (never dry!).

When waxing, you should do a scrub beforehand and you will not use a wax that is too hot. Regardless of the method used, we do not skip applying softening or healing cream. This routine will also avoid ingrown hairs

Your skin is oily so you strip it.

avoid: using aggressive cleaning agents such as soap, because oily skin should be washed gently

The right routine: you have to clean your face in two stages. The first to remove make-up and / or remove all impurities, the second to cleanse. 

 

Always: apply restorative treatments at night to clean skin to increase the hydration effects. based on hyaluronic acid, which have the particularity of densifying the skin and allowing you to wake up with plump facial features.

Your skin is dark so you don’t use sunscreen

No longer naturally exposed to the sun, the skin loses its habit and lowers its guard in a way. Without sun protection, there is a risk of melasma marks appearing

: to prevent the appearance of these unsightly dark spots due to hyperpigmentation, protect your skin with appropriate care. If the SPF 15 index is sufficient for very dark skin,

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Lemon peel extract, is a Vitamin Gold mine of well being inside and out

Lemon is chock full of vitamin C and citric acid, it is mainly known for its antiseptic, lightening and antioxidant properties.

With its purifying power, it deeply cleanses the skin, in particular thanks to the action of vitamin C, which is sebum-regulating. Rich in tannins and flavonoids, lemon is also a powerful antioxidant. Astringent and antiseptic, it is a natural antibacterial, which helps reduce blemishes, and make pimples, blackheads, and other small blemishes disappear.

Lemon can be used in many ways to take care of yourself:

  1. manicure: Thanks to its whitening power, lemon has the particularity of gently lightening slightly yellowed nails. Simply soak for ten minutes in hot lemon water, before rubbing vigorously with the skin of the lemon.
  2. lighten a few hair strands gently: Prepare a rinse water based on the juice of an organic lemon and half a liter of water. Rinse your hair with the preparation, before drying with a hairdryer or in the sun, the heat will naturally activate the lightening effect of the citrus fruit. Remember to rinse your hair with clean water afterwards, and moisturize it with an oil or a serum to prevent it from drying out!
  3. Radiant smile: Once a week, do add a few drops of lime juice to your toothbrush. Gradually, the teeth naturally become whiter, and the spots disappear, without the use of a chemical product.
  4. To get a new skin in a 100% natural way: Create a good homemade scrub based on lemon juice, brown sugar and olive oil. This mixture is applied to the skin by massaging it, before rinsing and moisturizing with Morganna’s 24K GLOW.
  5. Plump lips: Treat yourself to an ultra-gentle exfoliant made with honey, lemon and white sugar. Gently rinse before applying a rich moisturizing balm and giving yourself eight hours of restful sleep. When you wake up, plump, soft and velvety lips!

How Do you wan to enjoy the benefits of lemon peel in your diet?

Most of the time, the lemon peel is only used as a zest. it is then used to make desserts, or other types of dishes, because it brings a very particular bitter flavor.

However, taking into account all of its benefits that we have just listed, it seems essential to start including it regularly in your diet, by following these few tips:

  • Wash the lemon well and put it in the freezer so that it is completely frozen, before using it.

Once this is done, you can grate it entirely. So you will enjoy the benefits of its skin, or mix it entirely.

You can use the zest to garnish your soups, salads, juices, pasta, sauces, rice, sushi or fish dishes, for example.

  • When you feel like drinking a lemonade, mix it with lemon peel. You will enjoy 100% of the benefits of this fabulous citrus fruit.

 

The Morganna’s Lemon Drops has  antioxidant activity of lemon extract  due to its flavonoids and vitamin C content. Flavonoids such as  quercitin that best fulfills the requisites for an effective radical scavenging
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant with free radical scavenging activity very useful in treatments against photo-ageing. Vitamin C has photo-protective properties similar to those of vitamin E.
It’s also got cell regeneration stimulating activity, This activity is due to the α-hydroxy acids (AHA) content of lemon.
A low concentration of  AHAs act at the stratum corneum level. They make the stratum corneum thinner and improve the flexibility of the skin surface. This action was discovered while studying the effectiveness of a topic AHA treatment for ichthyosis. AHAs were also demonstrated to act on any hyperkeratosis process.
 
Collagen synthesis stimulating activity This activity is due to the vitamin C content of lemon
Formulated to pH 5.5, it will not have the irritating effects commonly associated with strong AHA solutions. It contains only the correct amount to be effective- A lot out of one single fruit

What are the best ingredients for Sensitive skin?

First we should define what makes your skin sensitive?

There are three major biological mechanisms that are responsible: alteration of the cutaneous barrier, hyperactivity of the cutaneous nervous system and oxidative stress (attack by free radicals).

Alteration of the barrier function promotes skin dehydration and penetration of potentially irritating agents. In addition,  skin secretes excess neurotransmitters, as well as pro-inflammatory cytokines (substances involved in inflammation, produced by skin cells). These neurotransmitters invade the tissues and cause the vessels to dilate, creating discomfort and excessive reactivity.

There is also an overproduction of free radicals. And external aggressions do not help matters. Especially pollution, because, as soon as the skin barrier is altered, polluting particles can penetrate more easily. Cold, heat, wind, tobacco and other stresses can also attack it.

Before we go into the ingredients list here are a few guidelines you should always follow in case your skin has become sensitized

  • Limit make-up to a minimum by choosing products from specific ranges formulated for sensitive skin
  • Do not change your cream too often, to avoid any intolerance to new ingredients.
  • Avoid touching skin as little as possible: the less it is stimulated, even by simple contact, the better it is.
  • Do not rub it, but touch it with your fingertips, and do not use a sponge or press with the cotton while removing make-up.
  • Avoid excessively hot baths, high pressure showers and other sauna
  • Do not eat too many spicy dishes, limit alcoholic drinks.
  • Avoid sudden temperature changes if possible.

In addition here is a list of ingredients that we recommend for sensitive skin that you should always be on the lookout for

1.Plant extracts such as Roman chamomile, witch hazel, calendula and cornflower, known for their soothing and decongestant action, are present in organic cosmetics

2.Lime build-up on the skin after a shower can also make the skin less comfortable and create a feeling of tightness. On the face, you can use a gentle tonic such as tonic lotion or floral water to remove the remaining lime residue. Then apply your usual care, your skin will only be softer

 

3.CBD devoid of THC and therefore psychotropic substance is beneficial to sensitive and dry skin. Very nourishing and rich in omega 3 and 6, hemp oil (or hemp seed oil) also calms irritation and redness.

  1. Bee products (royal jelly or propolis, for example), honey benefits from remarkable beauty and well-being properties. Rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, honey fights against skin aging, infections, irritations, burns, acne or even scars.
  2. Shea Butter :Among all the vegetable butters that exist on the market, it is certainly Shea butter that does the most good for reactive skin. Admittedly, it is very hydrating, incorporated in body, face and hair care products (the driest skin will adopt it for life!) But it is also anti-inflammatory and regenerating and therefore relieves feelings of discomfort and irritation. like eczema, or acne scars. To consume without moderation!
  1. marshmallow root extract: If it is used internally to calm dental pain, coughs, inflammation of the throat or digestive problems, externally too, marshmallow root works wonders. Mixed with floral water or vegetable oil, this powder delivers all its moisturizing, soothing and regenerating properties: to use as a face mask or to apply to the scalp to calm irritation.
  1. pomegranate seed oil :Ultra rich in anti-oxidants, pomegranate is a favorite ingredient to fight against skin aging and restore radiance to the skin. Omega 5 and the pomegranate seed oil contains have a remarkable anti-inflammatory action, to regenerate skin damaged by eczema or psoriasis and calm irritation, redness and burns. Reactive skin could not ask for better!

 

skincare layering

The Golden Rules of Layering Skincare

The Japanese word “Saho” has been translated in the West as “superposition” or “layering”. It is a ritual that consists of carrying out a skincare routine in a cascade.

It is a multi-step protocol, performed morning and evening in a fixed order.

  1. Oil-based cleanser
  2. Gentle water-based cleanser
  3. Lotion or tonic (hydrosol or vegetable essence)
  4. Serum
  5. Eye cream
  6. Day or night cream
  7. Sunscreen during the day or a rich cream in the evening
  8. Moisturizing lip balm

These treatments are also accompanied by a gentle exfoliation or face mask 2-3 times a week.

Layering skincare is an essential practice in Asian cultures.

Prevention rather than cure: This is the No. 1 pillar of layering and the relationship to beauty in Korea. You start to take care of your skin before the damage occurs because damage is more difficult to reverse. In short, if you think you don’t need an eye contour at 30, think again! Now is the time to take care of your skin so you don’t have to worry about it later.

Layering in 8 detailed steps– once you get used to these 8 steps it will not take you more than 10 minutes each evening!

One of the golden rules is to gradually introduce your new product into your routine.

  • There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all routine Each skin is unique in its kind and has its own tolerance threshold!
  • Patience is essential suited you today may not suit you in 6 months. This is perfectly normal!
  • The skin changes at your own pace: climatic conditions, lifestyle, medical treatment and hormones largely influence its current condition. It’s up to you to adapt your routine to all these changes.

Step 1: Cleansing oil: Make-up is removed from your skin using a very fatty substance (massage oil or cream / balm). Why use oil to cleanse, you might say …? Well, know that there is nothing better for removing dirt, no matter how crazy it sounds!

Purifies and removes make-up, even waterproof. It leaves the skin supple and soft without impurities.

Apply 2 or 3 doses in the palm of your hands, dry. Distribute over the fingers.

Apply to dry face and gently massage with fingertips to dissolve makeup. Rinse 2 or 3 times with lukewarm water.

 

Step 2: Water based cleanser with a Konjac sponge. A personal favorite is the use of Konjac sponge by massaging in circles then rinse.

Apply 2 or 3 doses on the moistened Konjac sponge.

Use the sponge on a damp face to create a lather by massaging in circles. Avoid the area around the eye.

Rinse with clean water. Gently wipe the face with a small clean towel.

Step 3: Spray on some Rose water to quickly balance your skin pH

Step 4: Eye contour treatment. The area around the eye is the most fragile,  skin is very thin and this is often where the first signs of aging such as fine lines and dark circles appear. In addition, it is the most sensitive area of ​​the face. Both a serum and an eye contour, Morganna’s Mesmer Eyes and Morganna’s Black Gold with caffeine, smoothes fine lines, reshapes the contours of the face, corrects dark circles and puffiness to brighten the eyes. Your skin will be firmer, smoother and plumped.

Apply 3 small dabs of Black Gold eye gel to the area. Leave the Serum in the refrigerator for a decongestant effect.

Step 5: Serum. It is a treatment that treats a specific problem, and that activates the benefits of the day cream.

Apply 4 small dots of serum on the cheeks, chin and forehead. To make the product penetrate, pat the eye area with your fingertips and massage in circular motions.

This step moisturizes and protects the skin on a daily basis and provides it with specific care depending on your age or the quality of your skin.

Step 6: Lotion or Oil. Skin care oils are undoubtedly one of the least understood and most misunderstood stages of layering.

Often perceived as occlusive, too rich or not sufficiently dosed in active ingredients, creams mainly play a final protective role after the many stages of layering.

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In Korea, it is not uncommon to skip this step and use a lighter emulsion, especially for combination to oily skin. Another alternative is to use a moisturizing gel or a vegetable gel instead of the cream.

 

Step 7: Apply a mineral based Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide. This is very important to consider, as chemical sunscreen are very irritating and cause inflammation.

 

Step 8: Lip Balm. Consider an overnight lip treatment for maximum benefits. The key is not to let your lips dry out throughout the day or night.

top 10 skincare ingredients

What are the top best skincare ingredients?

 The top 10 natural active ingredients anti-aging: We believe these are the best as it is easy to use them together or alone. They are also non irritating and can be used even during pregnancy

  1. Asthaxanthin A powerful antioxidant against photoaging of the skin carotenoids such as astaxanthin, are highly valued molecules in dermatology. And for good reason, since it makes it possible to fight against free radicals, the accumulation of which is at the origin of a great deal of damage to the skin.

 

  1. Vitamin C: It is one of the most known, and for good reason. Ultra antioxidant, it neutralizes free radicals and slows down skin aging.  Vitamin C stimulates the production of collagen for  skin that is regenerated and firmed. It is also formidable against dark spots and scars because it regulates melanin production.
  1. Hyaluronic acid: The other star in anti-aging skincare! This Molecule has the capacity to retain up to 1000 times its weight in water to guarantee optimal hydration. She acts like a real wrinkle filler and instantly plumps up the skin.

Please note, not all hyaluronic acids are created equal: for true anti-aging effectiveness, it is better to chose multiple molecular weights, so that it penetrates deeply and boosts collagen production.

  1. Bukuchiol: Bakuchiol is a chemical compound found naturally in the seeds of babchi, a plant native to the Indian subcontinent. This, which can measure up to 1 m high, is used in traditional medicine to treat certain skin pathologies (psoriasis, scabies, ringworm, etc.) thanks to its anti-bacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
  2. Green tea: Recognized since Antiquity for its incredible antioxidant, detoxifying and anti-inflammatory properties, it stimulates collagen production and renewal cellular, protects against free radicals and tones the skin.  Our favorite? Matcha green tea, effective antioxidant increased tenfold.
  3.  Paracress oil Spilanthes Acmella is renowned for its high content of alkylamides which have been shown to be excellent markers of activity.

Its main actions are: Strengthens the architecture of the dermis and fights the signs of aging

Stimulates the biomechanical functions of fibroblasts Increases skin density

Gives softness and firmness to the skin

Visibly and quickly reduces the appearance of wrinkles

 

 

7.Peptides What are the benefits of peptides? They have powerful cellular activity preserving the quality and youthfulness of the epidermis. Their field of action is almost as vast as their number

  1. Vitamin E: A powerful antioxidant that acts as a shield against free radicals. It slows down the

skin aging and prevents cell damage.

9.Resveratrol Its strong antioxidant power. The oxidation process induced by external attacks alters our cells without their being able to channel them. No less than four out of five wrinkles are the consequence of this oxidative stress which induces a drop in collagen production.

 

  1. Paracress extract: Called “the facelift plant”, this flower is appreciated for its lifting and firming properties. Rich in antioxidants, it prevents sagging skin and strengthens tissue elasticity, while contributing to boost hydration and radiance of the complexion.

What are the vest oil ingredients for mature skin ?

Vegetable oils are valuable anti-aging allies, they help fill the lack of lipids in mature skin, soften

the epidermis and prevent wrinkles.

Our favorite anti-aging oils:

 

  • Prickly pear oil: Exceptionally rich in vitamins E and K, and omega 3 and 6, this precious oil

also stimulates the synthesis of collagen and the regeneration of cells. It is ideal for reducing stains

pigmentary.

  • Argan oil: Rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin E, it is renowned for its restructuring virtues,

nourishing and regenerating. It protects against radicals free, restores the skin barrier and softens the skin.

CBD OIL:

  • Rosehip oil: Rich in natural retinol, vitamin C and fatty acids, it is appreciated for its properties

regenerating and anti-stain. It promotes renewal cellular and stimulates the production of collagen, limiting effects of skin aging.

  • Borage oil: This oil preserves the youth of the skin by restoring elasticity, tone and comfort, while boosting cell regeneration.
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vetiver oil uses

8 Uses for Vetiver Oil

skincare tips for women of color

Skincare tips for Women of Color

It is no secret that managing the problems of black skin is sometimes quite difficult!

It can be oily but dehydrated, sensitive but less likely to get wrinkles, it is rich in melanin but riddled with hyperpigmentation. It’s got us believing that it can withstand a lot, but we need to keep in mind that it is extra sensitive at times. Physiologically and histologically, there is no difference between black, white and Asian skin. But in black skin, seborrhea and melanin are very active, which results in this shiny effect that displeases us and let us not forget how much it suffers from hyperpigmentation.

Please read through our list of do’s and dont’s to keep it gorgeous!

Mistake 1. It’s oily so you over clean it and exfoliate.

You tend to scrub your skin and use aggressive cleaning products, sometimes even dry sponges. Because of these bad habits, many black women think that the more you wash the skin, the less oily it will be. But the opposite is true. This kind of cleaning attacks the skin scours it and therefore causes a natural reaction of the epidermis that will start to produce sebum to repair the damage. As a result, the vicious circle sets in: the more you clean, the more oily your skin becomes.

Mistake 2.    Your skin is dark so you think you don’t need SPF.

For some women, using sunscreen is not yet obvious. Without sunscreen, even the darkest complexions can develop signs of melasma. Women of color should use an SPF of at least 15, up to 50. Always try to avoid exposing yourself to the sun without protection, even if you’re trying to rid yourself of acne as this leads to hyperpigmentation.

Truth 3. Black skin must be treated as sensitive skin.

Do use only products that are gentle to your skin. If you see an aesthetician, do not let them use harsh chemical peels or products that tend to heat up your skin. You will only be facing hyperpigmentation galore in the future.

Truth 4. Black skin is more fragile skin than other skin types.

At times this is very true! Black skin is paradoxical: on the one hand it ages less quickly than other skin but on the other it is more fragile. It scars very easily (dark spots) and over heals (Keloids) as unpleasing as keloids tend to be. Black skin is not adapted to the western climate and needs a lot of moisture to compensate. Do not forget the gentle, non-aggressive cleansing products.

Truth 5. Never, Never, Ever use Hydroquinone-based products.

It was originally used to bleach blue jeans! It was never intended for consumer skin care. Do opt for high antioxidant based products, which target to stop swelling under the skin, and reduce the hyperpigmentation.

dehydrated skin

Dehydrated Skin Is More Common Than You Think

What skin types get dehydrated? Contrary to popular belief, all skin types are prone to dehydration.

When there is a lack of water, even combination or oily skin can show signs of severe dryness. Dry skin is usually more at risk of dehydrating because it produces an insufficient amount of sebum, the natural oil secreted on the skin’s surface and responsible for retaining water in the subcutaneous layers.

What are the main symptoms of dehydrated skin?

The majority of signs of dehydration are easily recognizable. The face is dry and has a rough texture that is commonly referred to as “crocodile skin.” Dehydration also affects the skin’s firmness and can cause even young skin to show wrinkles.

Oily and Combination skin types will look shinier and produce excess sebum or even have closed comedones (blackheads) because there is not enough water to flush out the excess sebum.

Here are the most common symptoms of dehydration of the skin:

  • Tightness or discomfort that lasts all-day
  • Itchiness or redness
  • Skin that wrinkles when pinched with fingertips
  • Dull complexion without radiance
  • Visible signs of desquamation (skin dandruff on the surface)
  • Rough patches of textured skin
  • Presence of oily areas on the sides of the nose, forehead, or chin

Here’s why your skin might be thirsty!

The skin can have a natural tendency to lose water, but dehydration can be accelerated or amplified by certain external factors:

  • Medication
  • Heating and air conditioning
  • UV rays from the sun and heat
  • Wind and cold
  • Aging of the skin
  • The atmospheric pollution
  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Too frequent or abrasive cleaning of the skin
  • Insufficient water and mineral consumption
  • Too much alcohol
  • An inadequate skincare routine that strips the skin without restoring moisture and hydration

At the first signs of dehydration, avoid …

  • Drying your skin in the open air after a shower: drying by evaporation increases water loss. Use a towel to gently pat dry instead and use a moisturizer while the skin is still damp.
  • Heavy consumption of alcohol: these beverages are known for their dehydrating effect. Swap them for a good glass of water or a cup of herbal tea: your skin particularly needs them.
  • Fats: remember that the best cream for dehydrated skin does not contain lipids. Your skin doesn’t need oil, it needs to be rehydrated with water. Using a fatty substance may accentuate the problem of oily areas and even create comedones (blackheads) or acne.

How to combat dehydrated skin:

It only takes a few simple daily actions that will quickly relieve your thirsty skin.

  1. Drink more water mixed with minerals! To treat dehydrated skin, the first solution: drink water + a twist of lime and fruit slices! It is recommended that you drink a minimum of 1.5 L daily, which is equivalent to approximately 8 glasses of water per day. No need to chug down your water, take small sips throughout the day as you feel thirsty. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LpR83Roybk 2) Balance your lifestyle.

2. Adopt a healthy and balanced lifestyle that makes skincare manageable. A healthy body and mind contribute significantly to healthy skin through the regulation of biological systems.

  • Sleep a minimum of 7 hours per night
  • Eat well
  • Learn how to manage stress
  • No smoking
  • Participate in physical activity that you enjoy

3. Adopt an adequate skincare routine. Incorporating a daily skincare routine adapted to your skin condition will help fill its water intake, restore its suppleness and regain its softness. The important thing is to allow the skin to preserve its protective barrier and thus better retain water in the skin tissues.

  • Use a gentle cleanser with a balanced pH: it will not dry out the skin and will not modify its acidity.
  • Incorporate a moisturizing serum into your skincare routine. A good facial serum will allow your skin to retain its water well. Serums based on hyaluronic acid or vitamin B5, for example, are very good anti-thirst allies!
  • Morning and evening, apply an oil-free moisturizer to the skin of your face and neck. Remember to treat your hands well, which are also exposed to harsh weather conditions! A fluid or moisturizer will create a thin layer on the surface of the skin, which will help retain water in the epidermis. The best moisturizers contain emollient agents that will help your skin restore suppleness and elasticity to the tissues.
  • Apply sunscreen every day to protect the skin from the sun’s harmful rays, which are also responsible for premature aging and many skin cancers. We recommend only using physical SPF’s such as Zinc and Titanium Dioxide. Sun filters are allies for well-hydrated skin!
  • Once or twice a week, use an ultra-hydrating mask to plump tissue and relieve symptoms of discomfort associated with dehydrated skin.
prickly pear

Why We Love The Prickly Pear: An Anti-Aging Hero Ingredient

It has 3 times more antioxidant power than Argan oil!

The prickly pear is an oval fruit containing multiple seeds. http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyO6pFKbAWE Its weight can vary from 50 to 400 g and its color is red, yellow, white or green, depending on its geographical area. The number of seeds is much greater than in most fruits because it can contain 300 seeds per 160 g. (5) This fruit arises from the prickly pear from its botanical name Opuntia ficus-indica. It is native to Mexico but is strongly present in North and South Africa, as well as in the Mediterranean region (Italy, Sardinia, Spain, Corsica …) You will understand, this tree loves heat. Cosmetic benefits of prickly pear oil for the face is primarily appreciated for its dermo-cosmetic properties. Indeed, its composition gives it multiple attributes that sublimate the epidermis and blur the signs of aging. It is the seeds contained in the prickly pear that present an incredible richness.

  1. Anti-aging:

For comparison, prickly pear oil contains 100 mg of vitamin E per 100 g (compared to 60 mg for Argan oil) and 1000 mg of sterols (compared to 130 mg for Argan). Vitamin E and sterols are natural antioxidants that neutralize the action of free radicals resulting in the aging of the skin. In addition to protecting cells from precipitated oxidation, sterols hydrate and promote hydro-lipid retention in the skin. All of its virtues slow the appearance of wrinkles and the signs of aging on the skin.

  1. Softening: Prickly pear seed oil contains palmitic acid which helps to hydrate and protect the skin to make it softer. By providing it with all the elements it needs, the skin is softened for a long time.
  2. Protects and strengthens: a sip of linoleic acid also called Omega 6 (62%), this prodigious oil strengthens and solidifies the skin barrier and helps fight various skin infections such as eczema or psoriasis. This active principle is essential for our organism which cannot synthesize it itself. It is therefore through external input that we must provide the skin with this essential nutrient. Prickly pear oil is perfect for this.
  3. Revitalizes: ideal for dull and lifeless complexions, its unsaturated fatty acids restructure and nourish to give tone and radiance.

Prickly Pear is the richest oil in anti-wrinkle properties due to its linoleic acid and oleic acid content. These two essential fatty acids regenerate cells, provide hydration and firmness to the skin and delay the appearance of wrinkles. It protects the skin against free radicals, fights against aging, and maintains optimal hydration of the skin. Rich in sterols and omega-3 and 6, prickly pear seed oil moisturizes dry skin and hair and regulates the sebum of oily skin. Prickly pear seed oil has an effective action to erase scars and stretch marks. It reduces lesions due to eczema and traces of acne pimples. In addition, it unifies the complexion, erases age spots and dark circles by activating the local microcirculation.

It is ideal for nourishing and hydrating young and mature skin. In addition, it refines the skin texture and tightens dilated pores

caring for mature skin

Keeping Mature Skin Looking Young and Healthy

As we age, the skin naturally becomes more fragile and sensitive and the signs of cellular aging deepen our features.

We start to notice this particularly around the age of 45, which coincides with hormonal changes, particularly a drop in estrogen which is responsible for our skin’s luminosity.  Moreover, collagen fibers decrease over time, and skin cells struggle to produce them. This is when the skin appears drier, rough, wrinkles, and furrows are deeper. Moreover, it becomes more difficult to mitigate despite your efforts; and pigment spots are more numerous. What can you do to slow down the effects of time?

Your first defense against signs of aging is sticking to an effective skincare routine.

 

1. CLEANSE WITHOUT HARSH INGREDIENTS

Start using a gentle, pH-balanced cleanser. With age, the epidermis becomes thinner and more fragile. It is important to clean the skin gently to get rid of its impurities without disturbing your barrier mantle.

2. SERUMS THAT HELP REVEAL RADIANCE AND MOISTURE

Serums are excellent vehicles for squeezing in extra active ingredients into your routine. For dry and mature skin, serums rich in antioxidants like Vitamin C and Astaxanthin can make a big difference in your skin health.

3. YOUR SKIN IS PROBABLY THIRSTY

Moisturizing twice a day is a must for mature skin. Your skin needs nutrients, water, and lipids to maintain its natural barrier, prevent dehydration, and prevent further signs of aging.

4. REPAIR WHILE YOU’RE SLEEPING

Don’t underestimate the time you spend snoozing- nighttime is an excellent opportunity to repair, nourish, and improve the health of your skin. Use a rich moisturizing cream before bed and incorporate anti-aging ingredients like bakuchiol.

5. EAT YOUR COSMETICS

Micronutrients are imperative to maintaining skin health at all ages. Antioxidants from fruits and vegetables, collagen, fatty acids, and other vitamins are key in supporting your skin and fighting signs of environmental damage and stress. Consider supplementing your diet with the necessary nutrients you may be lacking.

 

your skin and veganism

Collagen & Veganism: Should You Be Worried?

Collagen supports the skin, providing it with the firmness and elasticity it needs to move and function healthily.

Our bodies naturally make collagen until around the age of 30. From this age on, it produces fewer and fewer hormones and less collagen. By the age of 40, the production of this protein can be reduced by up to 1% per year, and by the age of 70, the loss is around 30% each year.

The gradual loss of collagen in our body causes a weakening of the epithelial structures (tissues composed of several layers of cells) of the skin, making it thinner and more wrinkled.

If you don’t put collagen in your body, you will quickly use up whatever stores you have and become collagen deficient, as is the case with vegans and vegetarians. Vegetarians often try to include pro-collagen (plant-based) sources for collagen, but without the correct synergistic nutrients, it is not going to be used in the body.

Results include wrinkles, saggy and thinned skin, brittle hair and nails, insomnia, increased anxiety, joint pain and inflammation (arthritis), increased injuries from ligament tendons, tight and inflamed, and slow recovery from exercise, among others.

Luckily, there are ways to naturally boost collagen even when on a plant-based diet.

  • Whether you are a vegetarian or not, collagen production is boosted by Vitamin C, in addition to amino acids. Vitamin C is an important cofactor of enzymes involved in the stabilization of the collagen triple helix, so it is essential for the formation of stable collagen fiber. Vitamin C can be boosted by eating foods like Brussels sprouts, oranges, grapefruits, peppers, broccoli, and potatoes.
  • Vitamin E and its derivatives. Incorporating Vitamin E into your diet will help us protect collagen fibers and elastin. Some foods that contain it are oil, almonds, spinach, and quinoa.
  • MSM or Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane. MSM is a dietary form of sulfur which is an essential component in the formation of collagen, elastin, cartilage, and keratin. Rightly called “the mineral of beauty,” it gives flexibility, tone, and strength to muscles, bones, joints, internal membranes, and especially the skin, hair, and nails. MSM, if of good quality and from a natural source, helps strengthen elasticity, healing, and scarring. It makes cell walls more permeable, allowing the free flow of nutrients and water. MSM can be found in nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes, as well as garlic, leeks, and onions.
  • Consuming more K2. K2 is primarily found in meat but can also be found in cheese, fermented soybeans (natto), butter, sauerkraut, and egg yolks.
  • Making sure you’re getting enough D3. D3 is another nutrient that can be lacking in a plant-based diet. D3 can be found in mushrooms, egg yolks, soy milk, and orange juice.
  • B12 can be difficult to supplement with food on a vegan diet. Luckily, nutritional yeast, tempeh, chlorella, nori, cremini mushrooms, and fortified plant-based milk can help vegans and vegetarians meet their needs.
  • Dermo-cosmeceutical creams. While it is true that the most advanced cosmeceutical formulas do not replace the presence of the skin’s natural collagen, they will help increase skin strength, tone, and elasticity. These treatments include Vitamin C and Astaxanthin, which prevent wrinkles in the face and neck, as well as sagging skin. These restorative and antioxidant solutions also have a dual effect: an immediate improvement in the softness of the skin and, in the long term, they firm the structure of the skin.

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djon djon mushroom

Anti-Aging Super Ingredient: The Djon Djon Mushroom

Adaptogens are all the rage in health & wellness, but what’s so spectacular about a mushroom?

Our favorite adaptogen is the Djon Djon, a rare black mushroom found in northern Haiti.  It is considered a delicacy because of the unique taste, color, and aroma it gives food.

The mushroom itself is not eaten but is instead turned into an extract with warm water and a blender. Extract from this rare mushroom gives any dish a rich black color and chocolate aroma. The mushroom is used in dishes that are served on special occasions such as birthdays, weddings, or Christmas in Haiti.

Gourmet chefs all over the world covet the Djon Djon. It is hand-picked from the crannies and crevices of dead wood and it only grows in Haiti during the rainy season, which lasts from August to October. Throughout the rest of the year and for the rest of the world, this wonderful mushroom is available in a dried or powdered form.

Those who can get their hands on Djon Djon extract often drink it as a natural energy booster. Djon Djon has a potent blend of Mushroom ash, Vitamin B2, B6, Vitamin A, Protein, Calcium, and minerals.

 

Djon Djon has proven to be useful in skincare, providing benefits both in and outside of the body.

Here are some of our favorite attributes:

  • It’s Insanely Hydrating: Djon Djon contains a polysaccharide that is great for hydrating the skin
    by drawing in moisture from the environment.
  • Collagen Stimulating: Improves elasticity of the skin by stimulating collagen synthesis by dermal fibroblasts.
  • Antioxidant: Rich in antioxidants which help the skin to fight off free radicals and repair damage that causes premature aging.
  • Antimicrobial: Prevents acne breakouts by neutralizing irritating microbes.
  • Anti-inflammatory: Inflammation and excessive free radical activity contribute to a
    number of skin problems. Many mushrooms have been found to have anti-inflammatory
    properties and as a result, their use promotes healing and fights inflammation.
  • Rich in Vitamin D: Vitamin D is beneficial when applied to acne. Mushroom extracts can be a great
    ingredient if you are struggling with skin conditions like eczema, rosacea, and acne.
  • Anti-aging: Mushrooms enhance the natural defenses of the skin. Mushrooms can help
    restore the skin elasticity, increase its moisture content, stimulate collagen synthesis, and
    have a skin lightening effect. Due to all of this, with regular use, it would help your skin
    look healthy and younger.

Sometimes we just need to turn back to the roots (in this case, literally) to benefit from hundreds of
years of knowledge and find products from nature to provide us potent anti-aging results. This
rare mushroom, found only in specific regions of Haiti, has quickly gained the trust of many
customers, who have incorporated our Djon Djon products in their daily skincare routine.

Eating For Dehydrated Skin

The best and quickest way to find out if your skin is dehydrated is– take this test:

Place your finger flat on your cheek, and go up, a little bit, towards your eye: If small white parallel lines appear, they are streaks of dehydration. They appear not because of age, but because of a lack of water in your skin. In this case, it is imperative that you take steps to hydrate your skin. You can do this in two ways for a full cycle of 28 days.  

Here are 4 ways to hydrate your skin from the inside out:

  1.  With hydrating foods: Our body loses between 2L and 2.5L of water per day. This physiological loss is mainly compensated for by food. In particular thanks to fruits and vegetables which ensure good food hydration. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables but also dairy products is much more hydrating than that rich in proteins and starches. To help you balance your menus, here are the top 10 most hydrating foods:
  • Cucumber: 96% water
  • Salad: 95% water
  • Zucchini: 94% water, and squash: 90% water • Tomato: 93-95% water
  • Watermelon, Melon, Watermelon: 90-91% water
  • Berries: Strawberry, 90% water
  • Citrus fruits: grapefruit, lemon, orange, 89% water
  • Apple: 84-85% water
  • Dairy products: yogurt, cream cheese … around 80% water

Foods to avoid when experiencing dehydration:

  • Pineapple
  • Artichokes
  • Mangos
  • Grapes
  • Asparagus

2.  The best advice is to drink water (vary between spring water, mineral water, and tap water) or a hydrating, electrolyte-rich drink throughout the day, which works out to 8 to 10 glasses per day. Hydrate regularly you can distribute them like this:

  • Breakfast: a bowl or cup of a hydrating drink.
  • In the morning and in the afternoon: 2 glasses of water to stay well hydrated!
  • Before lunch and dinner: 1 glass of water to aid digestion. Indeed, drinking water before meals helps to cleanse the colon, which allows it to better absorb nutrients.
  • At bedtime: 1 glass of water to keep a good level of hydration overnight.

3 . With the best hydrating drinks: Drinking water can quickly become boring, even if you are already alternating with herbal teas, teas … Note that there are also other very hydrating drinks, which will also have many benefits for your body! Try Beetroot juice: rich in water, of course, but also in vitamins A, B, C, amino acids, minerals, and antioxidants. Other hydrating drinks to try:

  • Coconut water: particularly hydrating and rich in potassium.
  • Aloe Vera juice: with its purifying and antioxidant properties, it is very beneficial.
  • Fruit-infused drinks: just add some fruit to the water! Like, for example, strawberries, watermelons, cucumbers, lemon, basil, mint, blueberries… the combinations are multiple and allow you to vary the pleasures!

4. By avoiding foods and drinks that dehydrate: For optimal hydration, you must at the same time limit as much as possible the drinks and foods that will exacerbate the problem of dehydration. Avoid dehydrating drinks like sodas and other sugary drinks when possible.

 

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skincare for your 30s

A Skincare Routine For Your 30’s

What Skincare Should You Be Using In Your 30’s

skincare for your 30s

Your 30’s are the decade of motivation and determination. You know what you want and what you don’t want, what looks good and what doesn’t, but your struggle is to delay the first signs of aging.

The first signs of aging appear in your 30’s: wrinkles, fine lines, dullness, and age spots start to show due to the decrease in collagen.

Here are a few do’s and don’t for your 30’s.

  1. Continue using preventative skincare products such as sunscreen and antioxidants, but incorporate corrective ingredients like Bakuchiol, Peptides, Spilanthol, and Resveratrol.
  2. Treat yourself to a facial every 3 months. To take care of your skin and maintain it, you should get into the habit of treating yourself to a professional facial quarterly. Whether it is to deeply cleanse the skin, have an anti-aging treatment, or more specifically targeted skin problems, a facial will help you turn back the clock.
  3. Find the perfect haircut. Hair plays a very important role as it can age or rejuvenate you, you might as well change your hairstyle to look 5 or 10 years younger. At 30, you know what you like, including the right hairstyle for you. Quickly, run to your hairdresser to make a trendy cut, to give volume to your hair, to choose the colors that will highlight your complexion.
  4. Prioritize your happiness. Why is this important? Being happy in the present moment, knowing how to appreciate every moment, is good for morale and for the complexion. What does happiness have to do with your skin? As soon as we experience happiness or pleasure, the brain secretes endorphins. These “well-being” molecules have a direct impact on the dermis, helping it to create new cells.
  5. Focus your eyes! With 22 muscles and 1000 blinks per day, the eyes are the most expressive area of ​​the face. Making it the area that wrinkles and tires the fastest. The result is expression lines, but also bags and dark circles … which make us take +10 years (even when we are 25). So how do you thwart your expression lines? When you apply a treatment, do this mini-exercise that smooths the furrows: with your index fingers, stroke the eye area from the top of the cheekbone towards the inner hollow of the eye. The idea is to smooth, not in the direction of the furrows, but perpendicularly, to “force” them to relax.
  6. Remove your makeup religiously. Why is this important? Because during the day, the pores become clogged (dust + polluting particles + sweat + sebum) while at night, the skin regenerates itself. In order for it to be able to detoxify, we must therefore completely strip it of the impurities that are suffocating it. Try an oil cleanser instead of makeup remover or makeup wipes. Oil cleansers are suitable for all skin types (even sensitive and oily) because it dissolves impurities and the most stubborn make-up on the eyes (without stinging!). Another advantage: its fluid texture is massaged with the fingers, and that the epidermis loves. Pour a little cleansing oil between your hands, massage the entire face dry, emulsify with water, then rinse. Magic: it comes off in the form of milk and leaves the skin clear like never before.
  7. Stop assaulting your skin Why is this important? The skin may be a resistant envelope, it is sensitive to all our daily actions. If we manhandle it, we stress it, we triturate it (friction, pinching, etc.), we risk “breaking” its precious collagen fibers, guarantees its elasticity, and its rebound appearance.
  8. When removing makeup and/or after a mask, gently stimulate the epidermis by tapping delicately on the face with the pads of the fingers. Over time, this gesture energizes and firms the skin.

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guide to serums

A Complete Guide to Face Serums

serum dropper

Are face serums a necessary step in your skincare routine?

Serums are a cosmetic product with mainly moisturizing properties. In addition, depending on their formulation, there are anti-aging, antioxidant or skin illuminator serums. This product is characterized by its extra light texture and you can find it in different forms: gel, liquid or emulsion. This characteristic lightness not only facilitates absorption of the serum but also promotes penetration of the product to the deep layers of the skin. The result is fresh, hydrated and glowing skin. In addition, serums contains a higher concentration of active ingredients thanks to its formulation, which greatly increases the effectiveness of the treatment.

Why should you use a face serum?

Serums are a product that stands out thanks to its great moisturizing power. This is why it is advisable to use it especially when the first signs of aging are visible on the skin: small wrinkles, dull or devitalized skin, It is an excellent anti-aging treatment.

How do you apply serums?

The most important thing to know is that the facial serum is applied after cleansing the face and before the moisturizer. In order for the serum to work properly, it needs to be in direct contact with your skin. This is why it must be clean and free of any impurities that could possibly interfere with the action of the product. https://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/serum-trio-collection/

How many times a day should I use a serum?

The benefits of the serum will not be visible without regular application of the product, it is necessary to be constant during its application. Experts advise applying it twice a day: once in the morning and once in the evening before going to bed. As mentioned above, always remember to apply it to clean damp skin and before the moisturizer. In case you prefer to use it once a day, we recommend that you do it before going to bed. Night is in fact the time for maximum cellular repair. Your skin will benefit much more from the serum at this time. However, the ideal remains to use it in the morning and in the evening, especially for skin over 30 years old. On the other hand, if you decide to use your serum in the morning, don’t use it as a substitute for your moisturizer. https://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/serum-trio-collection/

What is the difference between a serum and a cream?

It depends on the effect you are looking for. In terms of hydration, the facial serum is clearly better than a conventional moisturizer. This is due to the high concentration of active ingredients present in its composition. Added to this important aspect is the fact that the light consistency and easy absorption of the serum allows it to penetrate to the deeper layers of the skin. A moisturizer works in the more superficial layers of the skin. On the other hand, it does take into account the fact that a facial serum will never contain sun protection, which is often the case with moisturizers. This is why a facial serum should never replace a moisturizer but rather be seen as a complement to it.

Should you layer serums?

It can be tempting to apply multiple serums at the same time to correct different types of skin defects. However, it is not recommended to combine these highly concentrated products because of an increased risk of intolerance unless specified by the brand. If you want to treat several skin problems, you can use a multipurpose perfecting serum or alternate several products with, for example, an anti-wrinkle serum in the morning and an anti-blemish serum on your own.

Are all serums equal?

Like all cosmetics on the market, not all serums are of the same quality. It is very important, especially when it comes to cosmetics, to make sure that the product you are purchasing is of good quality. Remember that you will apply the serum directly to your face and to visible parts of your body (neck, décolleté, etc.) and it is therefore important to do everything to avoid an unwanted side effect. Harmful effects are more likely in poor quality products. We therefore advise you to check the label of a serum carefully before purchasing it to ensure its quality. https://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/djon-djon-mushroom-detox-serum/

When should you incorporate a serum into your routine?

Serum should always be applied on bare skin, after proper make-up removal. In this way, the penetration of the active ingredients is optimized to the deepest layers of the epidermis. For its effectiveness to be at its highest level, we slide a few drops of product into the heart of the hand, before heating the material palm to palm using circular gestures. Then place your hands on your face in two stages: first on the forehead and chin, then on the cheeks. We then tap on the key areas (corner of the eyes, nasolabial fold, frown lines), before finishing with a few smoothing movements, from the center of the face outwards. https://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/express-concentrated-brightening-serum/  

 

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What are Expression Lines?

What are Expression Lines?

Expression Lines are from using the muscles in our face due to everyday emotions and motions. When we smile, drink out of a straw, open our eyes, frown, think, being angry, or being surprised causes muscle contraction that causes folds or wrinkles in the epidermis. When skin gets golded in the same spot thousands and thousands of times the skin fibers eventually weaken. These skin fibers lose their ability to smooth out again once the movement stops.

When do we start to get them?

The skin aging process begins in our early twenties. From this age, the elasticity of the skin begins to decrease. The more time passes, the less the skin manages to regain its smooth appearance after a muscle contraction. Although this phenomenon is widespread we are not all equal when it comes to aging skin as our heredity, facial expressions, and lifestyle choices (smoking, sun exposure, etc.) do accelerate skin aging.

Where do they appear?

Lady frowning and touching her pointer finger to her expression lines on her forhead.

Expression Lines appear on the most expressive parts of the face.

  • Forehead lines: run horizontally across the top of the T-zone.
  • Worry/Eleven lines: create an “eleven” between the brows.
  • Bunnies: run across the bridge of your nose between the eyes.
  • Crow’s feet: radiate from the outer corners of the eyes.
  • Laugh lines: create a parenthesis shape around the upper lip.
  • Lip lines: form vertical hatches around the perimeter of the mouth.
  • Marionette lines: frame the chin vertically, and as the cheeks droop, jowl wrinkles form.

How to treat Expression Lines:

There are many solutions for treating expression lines, but some methods are more effective than others. Many people at a later stage opt for injections but Morganna’s Alchemy has a wonderful extract derived from the Paracress flower oil, with which they make Spilanthol a natural anesthetic. Below are the recommended products to help fight aging and expression lines.

You can read more about our For Your 30’s Collection here:

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Does Needle-Free Anti-Aging Exist?

Spilanthol, a compound derived from the Paracress Plant, is powerful wrinkle reduction for needle-phobes.

In a clinical study, 75% of users saw the smoothing effect of Spilanthol on fine lines and wrinkles immediately.

How is this possible?

Spilanthol is hardly new, in fact, it’s ancient! Also known as the “toothache plant,” Spilanthol has been used for hundreds of years in South American, African, and Asian traditional medicine due to its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antioxidant properties. Thanks to modern chemistry, Spilanthol is formulated for topical use on the skin– and it may be your new favorite anti-aging ingredient!

How does it work?

Years of talking, laughing, smiling, and frowning lead to thousands of daily microcontractions within the skin, which results in fine lines. Spilanthol reduces these wrinkles by myorelaxing the skin (slowing down these muscle contractions) at a subcutaneous level. Not only does Spilanthol relax the tiny facial muscles, but it has also been shown to reorganize and tighten skin by stimulating collagen production! By reconnecting the epidermis and the dermis and restoring structural integrity, Spilanthol can firm and tighten your skin naturally. 

Spilanthol works within your skin to restore its strength and elasticity.

 

How effective is this natural ingredient?

83% of users saw a reduction in crow’s feet wrinkles around the eyes. Clinical results also showed restoration of the cupid’s bow and lip contour, relaxing of wrinkles around the lips and mouth, and a decrease of wrinkle volume by 45%. Fine lines that begin at an early age are the most easily treatable and early prevention can lead to longevity in skin firmness. Morganna’s Alchemy only uses sustainably harvested organic Paracress that comes from the Regional Natural Park in the Ardèche Mountains in the South of France. You can discover the powerful anti-aging effects of Spilanthol in both our Paracress Oil and Morganna’s Elixir.

 

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Top 4 Reasons to Go Natural

The great debate: natural or synthetic?

As a cosmetic chemist, my personal opinion is that we should always opt for natural cosmetics as much as possible, and here are my reasons why:

  1. Your body uses and metabolizes natural substances better. Nature offers whole and complex substances; science dissects them and separates their elements. Whole substances contain all that is needed to be effective; chemicals that have been isolated can upset the body.
  2. Natural ingredients are effective; they are nourishing, efficacious, and often less damaging http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOCuqRHoTPY

Your skin absorbs what you put on it.

Our skin is more than a simple surface “dressing.” It is constantly in direct contact with the environment, it is a real living organ, a dynamic interface between the outside and the inside of our body. It protects our body from external aggressions by forming a shield against direct trauma (shocks, friction) and against the action of chemical agents. It also contributes to the immunity of our body by protecting it against the penetration of microorganisms. Choosing organic cosmetics means protecting our skin and our health.

A large part of what we apply to our skin is absorbed into our body, a scientific principle illustrated by nicotine, hormonal or painkiller patches. In the same way, a part of the synthetic and chemical components of so-called “conventional” cosmetics permeate our tissues and accumulate there, for lack of adequate treatment by our body which does not recognize these foreign substances!

While these synthetic substances are still present in our products in quantities limited by regulations, the cocktail and accumulation effects are unfortunately neglected, but far from being negligible! They can then, over time, cause skin reactions (eczema, contact dermatitis, and other ailments) and further disrupt the functioning of our body.

Using only natural herbal products will reduce your ingestion of toxic chemicals.

  1. Climate change is affected by all consumer products. Not only do industrial cosmetics affect us, but they also affect the planet.

Plastic bottles fill landfills; some chemicals find their way into the water, affecting even the reproduction of the fish population.

Nano-particles also disturb the marine environment, lakes, rivers, and streams

  1. Natural cosmetics are formulated from natural ingredients whose active ingredients are just as effective as those resulting from chemical manipulations. Certain natural products have been known for thousands of years for their benefits (the use of honey or aloe vera, for example)

At Morganna’s Alchemy, we provide a wide range of effective, natural, and sustainable skincare options to suit everyone’s needs. 

 

What Is Astaxanthin and Why Is It 2021’s Must Have Ingredient?

Astaxanthin: 2021’s “It” ingredient in beauty and wellness.

Astaxanthin is a member of the xanthophyll carotenoid family. It is the main carotenoid found in red algae and aquatic animals and is a powerful antioxidant that works within the body to scavenge free radical damage. 

The most common natural source for Astaxanthin is the algae “Hematococcus Pluvialis,” which krill, crustaceans, salmon, and flamingos feed on (hence their vibrant pink and red hues). It starts as green microalgae that accumulate a high content of astaxanthin under stressful conditions such as high salinity, nitrogen deficiency, high temperatures, and light. Astaxanthin produced by H. Pluvialis is a significant source of sustainable and nutrient-dense food for both humans and animals around the world. 

Not sold yet? The folks at Byrdie agree:

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Proven benefits of Astaxanthin:

  1. Protects the skin from harmful UV rays: Free radical damage comes in many different forms; light damage, tobacco, air pollution, and stress. All of these irritants can cause premature aging in our skin. Give your body a boost of anti-aging protection with antioxidants like Astaxanthin. Carotenoids in particular are efficient in protecting your skin from sun damage.
  2. Natural anti-inflammatory mechanism: Several studies have demonstrated the role of astaxanthin supplementation in relieving inflammatory reactions. Although normal inflammatory reactions occur when the body reacts to injury, abnormal or prolonged stimulation of the body’s inflammatory response can be damaging. This happens daily because we are constantly exposed to pollutants and other environmental stresses. Astaxanthin decreases the production of pro-inflammatory cellular signals by preventing the activation of NF-kB. This molecule is central to the inflammation control mechanism. This helps to limit chronic inflammatory reactions throughout the body and improves the efficiency of the immune system.
  3. Astaxanthin has a relative free radical absorption capacity (ORAC) far superior to other carotenoids: Astaxanthin has greater effectiveness as an antioxidant than lycopene, beta-carotene, lutein, tocotrienols. In laboratory tests, astaxanthin has demonstrated superior singlet oxygen (very damaging free radical) deactivating power than any other popular antioxidant. This study has indeed shown that natural astaxanthin is 500 times more effective than Vitamin E, 800 times more effective than CoQ-10, and 6,000 times more effective than Vitamin C!

 

What does all this mean for your skin? Astaxanthin will help to prevent sunburn, heal sun and environmental damage, prevent breakouts, and firm wrinkles. 

 

THE RESULTS ARE IN FOR OUR FORMULA:

 

REFERENCES:

(Image from: Yang et al., Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Different Astaxanthin Isomers and the Roles of Lipid Transporters in the cellular transport of Astaxanthin isomers in Caco-2 cell monolayers)

Black H.S. 1998. Interception radicale par les caroténoïdes et effets sur la cancérogenèse par UV. Nutrition and Cancer. 31(3):212-217

The 5 Golden Rules of Eye Cream

The eye area is one of the most fragile areas of the face.

Very thin and poor in sebaceous glands (secreting sebum which limits the drying out of the skin), it does not have a protective hydrolipidic film.

These are the reasons why you must be particularly demanding when choosing your eye contour.  

  1. Use the right dose of eye contour which is the equivalent of a grain of rice … for both eyes! If you are using a roll-on format, only one pass per eye is sufficient. Too much product would risk congestion and therefore swell the eye area because this part of the face is very vascular. We who seek to have a fresh look! Applying too rich or too much of an eye contour treatment can also bring out millia, those little balls of hard white fat that we sometimes have next to or on the eyelids, and which are difficult to go
  2. Apply the eye contour treatment in the right place

If you apply the treatment just below the eye (on bags and dark circles) and on the mobile eyelid … It is wrong. To properly apply eye contour care, start from the inner corner of the eye and draw a wide circle all around the eye, following the bone. The eye socket bone is your point of reference for proper treatment. Place your finger on the inner corner of your eye; you will feel a small lump. It’s the starting point. Then follow the bone under the eye and work your way up to the temple. This draws a wide semicircle below the eye. Then, start from the inner corner of the eye, this time up the eyebrow, and continue to follow the bone under the eyebrow, up to the temple. This draws a wide semicircle above the eye. “This is where the eye cream should be applied, not closer to the eyes.

  1. For eye contour care, the way to apply it matters as much as the choice of treatment, the dose of product and the place where it is applied. After washing your hands, take the right amount of cream or gel heat it slightly between your fingers. Then apply the treatment all around the eye as we saw just before, using gentle pressure. Squeeze, release, squeeze, release… While going around the contour of your two eyes.

This gesture allows the product to work well and distribute itself well, and stimulates blood circulation to reduce dark circles and puffiness. It is also a time for yourself, to relax, ease tensions (under the eyebrows, on the temples) and reconnect with your body and the present moment. The idea is not to simply deposit the product on the skin or to smooth it with, much less to go back and forth from right to left under the eye until the product penetrates into the skin. ‘epidermis. Remember, this is a fragile area that needs to be taken care of (precisely).

  1. Choose a suitable eye contour treatment

Eye contour treatments are varied and for good reason, the needs of the skin at this level are just as important: hydration, nutrition, concealer, anti-puffiness, anti-wrinkle, radiance … To optimize the care of your around the eyes, so choose a product that meets your needs. The eye area does not have as many sebaceous glands as the rest of the face, which means it does not produce sebum and has less natural hydration which makes it more susceptible to visible signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles. The “cream” textures are particularly suited to this area when it is dry or tight because being composed of a mixture of oil and water, they provide optimal and instant hydration for the skin.

  1. Hydrate from the inside

When it comes to taking care of your skin and keeping it looking youthful: hydration is essential. Since it all starts from within, it is therefore essential to drink well every day, at the rate of 6 to 9 glasses. Our favorite little hydrating cocktail: fresh fruit juice made from celery, lemon, spinach and cucumber to cleanse your body and fill up with vitamins, minerals and enzymes Preferred assets: https://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/mesmer-eyes/

  • Moisturizing active ingredients: vegetable oils, vegetable glycerin, aloe vera , caffeine
  • Vitamins: B vitamins can stimulate collagen production and promote oxygenation in the skin, and vitamin E, which is also an antioxidant, improves microcirculation.
  • Pearls: to reflect the light and illuminate the eyes

 

Maintaining A Firm Neck After 30

The skin on the neck is much thinner than that of the face and these regions also contain fewer sebaceous glands. Without a natural emollient to nourish and protect it, it dries up easily and becomes vulnerable to degradation.

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Here are 7 ways to help keep it gorgeous

  1. Use a clay mask

Clay masks help firm the neck, as they eliminate excess sebum thanks to their absorbent properties.  In this case, do use white kaolin clay it contains Silicium which is very good for firming skin and leaving it purified and detoxified.

  1. Stimulate blood circulation

This practice inspired by yoga involves lightly and regularly pinching the skin while stimulating it, to activate blood circulation and therefore prevent premature neck aging or firming it up. This is more aimed at prevention than treatment of neck aging

  1. Try the “Kiss the Sky” method

This is an easy exercise to do every day. This exercise is perfect for firming the neck and avoiding a double chin. Sitting upright on your bed, tilt your head back and bring your lower jaw forward to put tension on the skin of the neck. Then take a deep breath and stretch your neck, puckering your lips as if you were to kiss the sky. Hold this position for ten seconds. Repeat three times releasing the tension and remember to breathe.  

  1. More exercises for firming the neck:

Step 1: Straighten and lift the neckline

  • Apply the cream from the center of the neckline to the shoulders.
  • Place the palms of your hands on the upper chest
  • Make a fan with your fingers starting with the index finger

Step 2: Smooth the neck

  • Apply the cream up the neck
  • Place the palms of your hands on either side of the neck
  • Stretch the skin for an immediate tightening effect
  1. Remember your posture: keeping a dancer’s head is a daily routine.

EXTRA TIP: Did you know? Our outfits can have an impact on wrinkles and even contribute to the premature aging of our epidermis. For example, wearing a sweater that’s too tight, which will rub against the skin all day long, is absolutely not recommended. 

  1. ADD Beta-Carotene to your diet and to your skincare

According to a recent study by the American Institutes of Health, it is enough to combine beta-carotene, found in many foods, and vitamin A, to be able to prevent and repair skin aging. This is why we often find it in the main ingredients of many anti-aging moisturizers and sunscreens. Beta-carotene has been shown to prevent the sun’s ultraviolet rays from damaging and aging the skin, while vitamin A stimulates the production of collagen and elastin fibers in the epidermis.

  • Beta-carotene and vitamin A are found in foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes, kale, spinach, melon and apricots.
  • The recommended daily allowance for vitamin A and beta-carotene is 30 milligrams
  1. Do get into the habit of properly applying to your cream

For the neck, heat the cream in our hands and apply it in small circles, from the center outwards, joining fingers behind the jaws. For the neckline, start by massaging horizontally, from the inside to the outside, keeping the hands flat. We then go vertically, from the bottom of the chest to the neck: the upward movement stimulates the cells responsible for the flexibility and support of the décolleté. Repeat the gesture until the cream has penetrated.

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