HOW POLLUTION ATTACKS THE SKIN, and how anti-pollution skincare can help

There are many sources of pollution.

  1. There is indoor pollution such as charcoal from firewood, paint, stains.
  2. Outdoor pollution such as air pollutants (particles, gas, ozone, sulfur dioxide), industrial pollutants, tobacco. In general, all of this creates oxidative stress. “Cells have a hard time getting rid of free radicals. This slows down their repair mechanisms. Concretely, this gives tired, dehydrated and dull skin. Some skin problems are exacerbated like skin spots, acne, skin diseases, sensitivity

 

 

  1. Environmental stress & daily aggressions

Today, climate change and the precarious environment that we face impose new challenges on our skin. It becomes all the more important every day, as external aggressions increase: extreme climatic conditions, unforeseen change of environment, increase in temperatures, pollution of urban and even rural areas, natural or technological light radiation, cigarette smoke

 

  1. Physical (ultraviolet irradiation). These pollutants act alone or in combination with each other on human health, their composition differs widely considered the seasons and regions.

 

 

What are anti-pollution cosmetics?

In recent years, the demand for anti-pollution cosmetics has increased sharply. These are generally cosmetics that contain active ingredients such as plant extracts, vitamins or antioxidant complexes. These are active ingredients capable of creating a barrier between the skin and external pollutants, thus preventing them from interacting and penetrating the skin more deeply.

 

 

Our skin acts as a protective barrier thanks to “shield cells”, but the ozone alters this natural barrier by oxidizing the lipids in the skin and fine particles infiltrate our cells.

Faced with its repeated attacks, they activate their defense system and exhaust themselves in this fight, leading to deficiencies in vitamin E and C, the main antioxidants in the skin.

It is an oxidative cascade: the collagen is degraded, so the wrinkles grow;

pores are enlarged and the production of sebum stimulated, which increases the number of pimples.

Skin barrier becomes imbalanced and reacts with patches of eczema.

Skin shines on the surface but suffers from dehydration

 

Here is How to counteract pollution attack on your skin

  1. An anti-dull complexion cleansing

Proper daily cleaning is the first step to avoiding the harmful effects of pollution. A very gentle ritual to remove unwanted particles: “The most important thing is not to alter the hydrolipidic film which protects our skin with overly aggressive products.  Replace the vitamin E deficiency with Morganna’s Prickly Pear cleansing oil

  1. In dept cleansing with mask

Once a week, and to deeply purify your epidermis, it is highly recommended to make a remineralizing and purifying clay mask.

Green, white, pink or yellow clay, choose carefully the clay that best suits your skin type.

1 / To make your mask, mix a little clay with water until you form a smooth and homogeneous paste, or use a ready-to-use mask.

2 / Then apply in a generous layer on the entire face and leave on for ten minutes.

3 / Your mask must not dry to be effective. Remember to re-moisten it if necessary with a little floral water, then rinse with clear water.

  1. Put on a cream or gel with a protective shield. The skin is a protective barrier but it sometimes needs a boost in the face of the aggressions of urban pollutants. Cosmetic innovations incorporate complex active ingredients that do not deplete the antioxidant reserves of cells. They also form a film (non-occlusive to let the skin breathe) preventing fine particles from reaching the skin.

Morganna’s Korean Orchid SC: The virtues of Edelweiss The “glacier flower” owes its multiple benefits to the extreme conditions of its natural environment. To fight against the cold, the wind and other external aggressions, this flower contains free radical scavengers, which fight against the aging of skin cells.

Morganna’s Radiant skin (STEP2) with White horeround to protect from urban pollution : http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVcgIsKlYxg&t=112shttps://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/radiant-skin/

  1. Inside purer atmosphere: The air we breathe is 10 times more polluted: “It’s domestic pollution. Formaldehydes (a gas released from synthetic materials, furnishings or cleaning products) released by furniture, combustion and heating products, scented candles, pollute our homes. Without forgetting tobacco, household products, paints or DIY products, animal hair, humidity … the list goes on. This may seem obvious, but to dilute the pollution, open the windows at least 10 minutes a day in each room!

 

  1. Protecting your skin against pollution also involves targeting your diet: prefer products rich in vitamin C (parsley, kiwi, pepper, red fruits, broccoli, etc.) and vitamin E (wheat germ oil, fish fat, sunflower seeds, …). Certain food supplements can also help you. Thus protected, the skin is armed to fight against external aggressions and the effects of pollution.

TOP 10 Mistakes to avoid when you have oily and acne prone skin

Around 30% of adults age 35 to over 50, report having the occasional breakout or just plain old suffer from acne due to oily skin.  Oily skin concerns almost every skin type and every person.

Sebaceous glands produce sebum on the skin.  When there is an over production of sebum, it clogs the pores on your skin.

Through the oxygen that is in the air they turn into black heads and, acne.

Male hormones favor the production of sebum

Here is a list we have compiled to help you minimize these breakout and the formulation of black heads.

 

  1. The use of aggressive cleansing systems: Brushes, AHA’s BHA’s , purifying masks etc. use soft mousse
  2. Never forget to remove your makeup. We have all been guilty of this, but try cleansing oil. No cleansing wipes, use a soft cloth designated only for your face.

 

  1. Not hydrate your skin enough. Your skin is glowing, looks to oily; it might be because it is dehydrated.  Sebum is there to protect your skin, it is produced every day.  Use a very moisturizing emulsion with Mango butter, reapply if needed

 

 

  1. Don’t Be afraid to use vegetable oils. They can be great for oily skin, try light ones.  Nourish your skin with Nigell oil, or Jojoba oil. 3 drops heat in your hands and apply during one minute.
  2. PUT AWA THE Mattifying products, powders, mattifying creams its an aggression on your skin, and it makes the sebum just come back because you are annoying your skin.
  3. When you are using prescribed medications such as retinoids, anti acne etc: put it only on the spot where it is needed. As soon as you are better, forget about those products!!! They break the skin barrier and provoque dehydration
  4. Stop switching products constantly.  Try a a new products for at least two cycle of 3 weeks , if it works stay with this product
  5. Purifying masks: Clay etc… we will talk about this in a separate blog post (SERIOUS ACNE) apply 2 drops of oil, apply the green clay a thick coat, NEVER EVER LET IT DRY. IF you have serious acne with REDNESS and sensitivity try the yellow or white clay instead
  6. Cleanliness: Wash your hair, it can bring oil to your skin, do not touch your face, (bacteria) do not add wash your hands) Wash your brushes, Use your own towel dedicated to your face only

Change your diet (NO CHICK FILLET) No dairy…. Fruits and vegetables (carrots are best eaten cooked they give you 5 times more Provitamin A, haricots blanc, Omega3 linseed oil a small teaspoon full, selenium, zinc.

What is the Supercritical CO2 process of plant actives?

Why Do we pick actives based on supercritical CO2?

Here are the primary reasons.

 

– It is a natural product, abundant in nature and available.

– It is non-toxic, inert, odorless, colorless and tasteless.

– Its use does not alter the products, and does not generate polluting residues.

– Inexpensive, it makes the technique attractive and viable.

The supercritical CO2 extraction technique is simply the solvent extraction technique, but using carbon dioxide in the supercritical state as solvent. Any supercritical fluid can be used as a solvent, but its low critical temperature (31 ° C) makes CO2 an easy to obtain solvent.

At the start of the supercritical CO2 extraction, the crushed plants are placed in cylindrical “baskets” fitted with filters at both ends. The baskets are then placed in the extractor, where a pump ensures the circulation of CO2 in the supercritical state. The essential oil is then dissolved in CO2 in the form of a fluid. This is then returned to the gaseous state and separates from the extracted compound, before being sent to the liquefier to be reused.

 

CO2, unlike some widely used solvents such as hexane, is not flammable and therefore safer.

Known for almost 25 years and frequently used in the food industry, pharmacy, chemistry and biochemistry, it is not yet widespread in the perfume industry, despite its many advantages :

 

 

  1. A) No chemical used

 

1) Odor very close to natural odor

 

The extraction is “clean”: no chemical which would distort the aroma of the plant is used. In addition, the critical point of CO2 being at 31 °, we can work at low temperature and avoid denaturing the product.

 

2) No CMR (Carcinogenic, mutagenic, reprotoxic)

 

Most solvents or synthesis aids (products used in the composition of perfumes and aromas) used in perfumery are CMRs: that is to say Carcinogenic, Mutagenic and Reprotoxic. Companies that use supercritical CO2 reduce the risk of employee exposure during operations, as well as the risk of air, water and soil pollution in the event of an incident during storage or handling.

 

  1. B) Very little loss compared to an ordinary solvent

 

6 tips to avoid a double chin and firm your neck

You should treat your neck with the same love and care as your face. You may not realize it, but our necks have sebaceous glands that weaken our skin. Makeup residue alone can cause skin damage and tarnish the appearance of our neck.

The neck is where makeup residue, sweat, dirt and bacteria collect. The skin of your neck then becomes darker than that of your face!

On top of that, do you know that the skin on your neck is even thinner than the skin on your face, which leads to signs of aging like sagging skin and fine lines?

http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGpKEd1xfEU

 

  1. Remember daily simple exercises: Bend your head all the way backwards….. Place the tongue on the palate, and then make it reach the back of the mouth. Holding, lengthen the neck to the maximum and maintain the position for about thirty seconds. Speak a series of 10 “X’s”, forcing on the muscles until they grimace.

 

  1. Don’t apply to much perfume on your neck. Perfumes contain a lot of alcohol, and other synthetics ingredients, that make the skin on your neck less strong.  Try sticking to applying and reapplying to the back of your ears and on the wrists.

 

  1. Restrain from wearing heavy jewelry. They are beautiful, but they can put pressure on the skin around the neck; London Plastic Surgeon Simon Moise says there is a 20% that accessories cause problems on feet and neck.

 

 

  1. Posture: If you are constantly bent down this can be quite bad for the neck. Try to keep you phone at eye level and don’t bend down.

 

  1. Apply Morganna’s Neck-Collete cream specifically made for the region: Remember to exfoliate as well, and when applying your cream do upward motions.        https://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/neckcollete/

 

 

  1. Eat foods, high in Vitamin C and Omega oils: Olive oil, fish, nuts

 

Watch our video on the subject:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PebcFdhQ22s

How to prevent getting dry, cracked hands

The Corona virus has certainly helped to raise our awareness of the importance on hand washing, several times a day. We have all felt the very drying effect from the use of soap and hand sanitizers.  There are also many other several causes and aggravating factors behind the appearance of this skin problem.

Here are a few:

  1. Frequent hand washing
  2. Frequent or prolonged exposure to irritants such as soaps, chemicals or household cleaning
  3. Frequent use of gels or antibacterial soaps, which are irritating and drying on the skin
  4. Skin diseases (for example, eczema or psoriasis)
  5. Hot showers or baths
  6. Ambient air is too dry
  7. Lack of hydration
  8. Prolonged exposure to cold, wind or sun.

How to care for your dry and cracked hands with soap

The soap removes lipids and protective ingredients from the surface of the skin, which has the effect of drying it out.

But hand cleaners aren’t the only cause of dryness. Indeed, too hard water can also play a role.

The very act of washing your hands deteriorates and attacks the hydrolipidic film which is on the surface of our skin

For a hand cleansing gel, here is the ideal composition to respect your skin:

– Mild surfactant like Cocamidopropyl Betaine (skin-friendly and non-irritant)

– Water (solvent)

– Glycerin (humectant / moisturizer)

Flower hydrosol (scent)

Vegetable oil (nourishing)

Preservative (keep the product)

  • Make sure you get enough hydration by drinking lots of water.
  • When washing dishes, cleaning or in contact with irritants, protect your hands by wearing rubber or plastic gloves.
  • In the sun, apply sun protection to the skin.
  • If the ambient air is very dry, use a humidifier.

 

When the above measures are not enough and your hands still get damaged, here are 2 steps to help them repair themselves:

  • Practice weekly hand bath oil

 

When your hands are much damaged, it is possible to immerse them in an oil bath once a week.

Pour Castor oil (also strengthens the nails) or Olive oil in a deep dish and bathe your hands and fingers for ten minutes.

Then rinse off with lukewarm water, and dry with soft towel up the excess.

Finish with a gentle massage of the most damaged areas and extremities.

Recipe number 2

It is also possible to concoct a recipe which consists of cutting half of a cucumber to marinate in a bath of wheat germ oil for several days, then filter everything and knead your hands with the resulting mixture

LET US KNOW IF THESE WORK?

Coming Out of Lockdown as Your Best Self—The Budget-Friendly Way

It seems like only yesterday that we were ordered to shelter in place because of COVID-19.

Now, people everywhere are gearing up for the end of lockdowns and rejoining a world that is yet to fully shake off the threat of a disruptive killer virus. Of course, after months in quarantine, you’ll want to be at your absolute best as you venture out into the wild—not to mention being strong and healthy enough to fend off further risks of infection. In fact, even if you’re not exactly planning to take the new normal by storm and only intend to ease into it for the time being, it will still serve you to put your best foot forward. So without further ado, here’s how you can get yourself ready for what’s out there without breaking the bank.

 

Feel good.

 

With COVID-19 far from vanquished, it’s more important than ever to be at your healthiest and your fittest. The reason for this is simple enough. When you’re fit and healthy, your immune system is at the top of its game, giving your body a fighting chance at warding off viruses, including the coronavirus. Moreover, the risk of contracting other diseases is also greatly reduced, which is very important as COVID-19 has more serious implications for those with underlying health conditions.

 

With this in mind, your diet is one of the most important considerations as good health really does begin in the kitchen; ergo, what you put into your body. Now, being in quarantine or having to social distance can make it somewhat more challenging to acquire fresh and healthy food at fair prices and, by extension, eat clean. However, you may be surprised at how it’s more than possible to prepare well-balanced meals without having to spend more in groceries, using the stuff you already have in your pantry, like soup and sandwiches, a healthier mac-n-cheese bowl, and even an empty-the-pantry stew.

 

Of course, regular exercise is equally important, if you want to feel and look your best. If there’s one thing that the lockdown has proved, it’s that working out at home is relatively easy to do, thanks to the many and often free virtual exercise classes available. Now might also be a good time to start getting more sunshine and fresh air by working out outside—as long as you take social distancing and safety precautions, that is. If you need some extra motivation for your workouts, why not treat yourself to some new athletic wear? Stores like Nordstrom Rack or Target are great places to score quality active wear without paying a fortune.

 

Look good.

 

Now, aside from keeping you healthy, it’s a known fact that diet and exercise can also do wonders to make you look like a million bucks. It’s also the most foolproof way to fend off the dreaded quarantine-15 weight gain, which is definitely not a bad way to come out of lockdown.

 

Doubtless, not to be overlooked is good old-fashioned skincare. In fact, every self-care routine should have some focus on the skin—though, it’s also perfectly understandable if this has fallen by the wayside while you’re in isolation. But as you get ready for the world at large, it’s a great idea to start paying more attention to your beauty regimen. Thankfully, you can find quality skincare products at affordable prices through sites like Morganna’s Alchemy.

 

Be good.

 

After months in lockdown, it can, indeed, be hard to wrap your head around having to leave the safety of home to brave the outside, not-quite-virus-free world. For this reason, it’s absolutely crucial to do whatever it takes to stick to your healthy habits and routines, as well as to maintain social distancing practices. For instance, even if you’re already raring to go back to the gym, keep working out at home or outdoors for the time being as it’s not only safer, but also free. Or you can hold off on dining out for now and save money in the process. The possibilities are endless!

 

Indeed, the lockdown was going to end eventually, and whether the world is ready for it or not remains to be seen. But the most important thing is, you are prepared, and that is by staying healthy, looking great, and not blowing through your budget. Good luck!

Author: Brad Krause

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Why the Paracress flower bud is my favorite?

Otherwise known as the toothache plant (Acmella Oleracea) The Paracress flower’ properties are what make us truly believe in the pure, potent power of plants and, their extracts.

It’s a story of a little plant that goes back hundreds and hundreds of years! The Incas were the first to thoroughly understand this flower and, used it in the form of a paste to treat any mouth ailments, thus the name toothache plant.  It has a powerful numbing effect and works great for inflammation of the gums, lips and mucous membranes of the mouth.

Oh’ and it’s pretty….. It is a small yellow bud with a red top; who would think it to have such powerful properties. Its uses around the world are vast. However, It is the main active ingredient of the plant, spilanthol , concentrated in the flower, leaves and roots, which is responsible for the particular taste, medicinal and cosmetic properties of the plant, and where our interest lies the most. The flowers and leaves of Paracress (A. oleracea )are known for their strong odor and pronounced taste, often referred to as an astringent.

 

Our  Spilanthol, is from Madagascar and helps us to obtain products that are fabulous anti-aging, densifying, firming, film-forming, which hydrate, sculpt the oval of the face and provide a lifting and smoothing effect!

How is Spilanthol so powerful?

There are 40  species  of the gene  Spilanthes and Acmella that are very important in all traditional medicines on the planet.  Here is the group of molecules that work together in a sort of entourage effect

The main classes of therapeutic constituents include alkamides (mainly spilanthol), coumarins, flavonoids, terpenoids and polysaccarides

Thanks to those molecules here is a list of applications for Paracress (electric daisy) flower

  1. APPLICATION IN PHYTOTHERAPY

The plant would have powerful anesthetic, diuretic, digestive, antiscorbutic properties. It used to be used to make toothpaste. Crunched, the leaves stop the toothaches.

Malagasy doctors recommend consuming watercress to combat malaria and heat fatigue.

  1. Culinary preparations

The raw and cooked leaves of (Paracress) mafane brède are used in much the same way as spinach and other leafy vegetables in salads and ready meals. Cooking tends to reduce the pronounced taste of the leaves.

The Dried or powdered leaves and flowers are also used as a spice or as a flavoring in chewing tobacco and beverages.

The flower bud has an initial grassy taste, followed by a pungent or anesthetic sensation that often increases salivation and provides a refreshing effect in the throat.

Spilanthol, the main active ingredient in the plant, is generally recognized as safe when consumed as a flavoring or food. It is usually eaten in parts of Asia and South America. It is relatively new in North America and Europe, except in sub-populations where it is part of the diet

You can even put it in your butter:

PARA CRESSON LEAF BUTTER:

Put 4 handfuls of leaves at the bottom of a container and add 100 g softened butter on top. The next day, you can collect the butter and separate it from the leaves. Keep some to form a case worthy of interest.

 

There is now a rum based on the Paracress flower check out the formula 

Rhum ambré de République Dominicaine 35°
+ Sucre de canne bio d’Amérique du sud
+ Miel bio d’Issigeac (Dordogne)
+ Fleurs de brèdes Mafane Bio (44)

 

https://sakaspirits.com/

 

 

  1. In traditional medicine : The leaves and flowers are used  in analgesic and anti-inflammatory preparations  for the treatment of dental pain. They  are also used  in stimulant preparations and antifungals for dermatological use. The roots are used strictly for therapeutic purposes to treat fever, rheumatism, flu, cough, malaria, obesity and snake bites.

Spilanthol the active ingredient is anti-inflammatory and anesthetic and is recommended in affections of the mouth (mouth ulcers, gingivitis) in the form of an infusion of the leaves to be used in gargling (30 g of leaves for 1 liter of boiling water). To treat abscesses, pain and tooth decay, it is advisable to chew fresh leaves

  1. In skincare cosmetics!

We saved the best for last

“Spilanthol the active ingredient in Paracress flower is used in various types of cosmetics preparation as a way to decrease the expression lines and to sculpt the jaw line”

We know that as our skin ages, there is a progressive disorganization of the dermal structure occurs that is responsible for the loss of firmness and elasticity.

Spilanthol is made from handpicked, flowers by selective harvesting of only the upper buds.  This automatically helps to protect the environment.

Our Face and body contours lose their definition and, we

acts deeply in the skin. By stimulating fibroblasts’ activity, it provides support to the collagen fiber network and restores firmness and smoothness of the facial skin and body

The EXTRACTION PROCESS

Done through Molecular distillation of alkyl amides,contained in the flower bud. There is also a long  screening of several purification technologies performed through short path distillation. This helps us to obtain an optimal concentration in active fraction.

The purity and high concentration of the active is what visibly smoothes skin and reduces crow’s feet wrinkles from the very first day of usage.

We also did Clinicals

 

  1. Improves Skin firmness and elasticity
  2. Reduces crepey appearance on the neck and décolleté
  3. http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LpR83Roybk

References:

According to the book “Plantas antimaláricas de Tumaco: costa pacífica Colombiana” (Page 316), Spilanthes americana is used against malaria in Tumacos in Colombia.

According to the book “Tzotzil Botany of Zinacantan” (Page 248), Spilanthes americana is used for wounds and fevers among the Mayan Tzotzil of Chiapas in Mexico.

 

How to keep your skin looking its best during confinement

The good part is at least most of us, are able to go out every day for a jog or a very long walk.  However, this also means more exposure to the sun than we used to, as the gyms are not open yet.  THIS TRANSLATES TO A NEED FOR SKIN PROTECTION

We all love to take advantage of the sun and know its benefits: it boosts morale and promotes the production of vitamin D. However, we sometimes forget that it can also be dangerous.

I know, you don’t like to think about them but UV rays should be a big concern for us all.  They can cause irreversible damage, and in the most serious cases, fatal

 

Exposure to the sun poses risks:

  • It causes sunburn, premature aging, allergies and, in the most serious cases, cancers (melanomas and carcinomas).
  • For the eyes, serious lesions may appear in the short term such as ophthalmia (a “sunburn” of the eye), or in the longer term, such as cataracts or degeneration

. Everyone is affected but we are not equal facing the sun. You are particularly fragile if:

You have fair skin, red or blond hair, light eyes and you tan with difficulty;

  • You have many moles (over 50);
  • You have congenital moles (present from birth) or atypical (wide, irregular);
  • You have a family history of melanoma;
  • You are undergoing medical treatment or taking medicines which may make you

“Photosensitive”, that is to say more sensitive to the sun.

So be very careful in the sun. Have your skin checked regularly by your doctor

 

Now that you know we are all concerned when it comes to sunburn, Protect your skin from the sun by doing the following ALWAYS:

 

FIND THE SHADE and AVOID direct SUNLIGHT between noon and 4 p.m

It is during these hours that the ultraviolet (UV) rays emitted by the sun are most intense.

For all your outdoor activities, look for shaded places. Don’t forget that at the beach, the parasol is useful but it does not fully protect you because of the reflection of the sun’s rays on the sand.

 

Wear a T-shirt, glasses and hat

Even light clothing (dry) filters UV rays and is the best protection against the sun.

  • Sunglasses are essential. Choose an enveloping shape and make sure that they carry the CE standard for real protection. • A hat protects the eyes and the face. Prefer a wide-brimmed hat that also covers the neck.

APPLY sunscreen regularly

Sunscreen should be applied in a sufficient and thick layer on all parts of the body not covered by clothing. Choose the high SPF’ (minimum index 30, even 50 for extreme conditions), active against both UVB and UVA rays.

  • Repeat the application every 2 hours and, of course, after each swim.
  • Warning ! Just because you apply sunscreen doesn’t mean you can be exposed longer. The only total screen is clothing.
 PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN even more
  • Babies should never be exposed to the sun. • Children and adolescents must particularly protect themselves. EVEN as they reach puberty, the skin and eyes are fragile and more sensitive to UV rays. Sunburn and repeated exposure during puberty are a major cause of the development of skin cancer (melanoma) in adulthood.

HERE IS A LIST OF COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS IN TRUE OR FALSE FORMAT

 

  1. TRUE OR FALSE? UV sessions in the tanning salon prepare the skin for the sun.

FALSE!

Artificial tanning has no protective effect and does not prepare the skin for tanning. On the contrary, artificial UV rays received in the tanning booth only add to those received from the sun and increase the risk of cancer. The use of tanning booths is therefore strongly discouraged.

  1. Sunscreen is enough to protect the skin from the sun.

FALSE!

Even the most effective sunscreens do not filter out all of the UV: “the full screen” does not exist. For example, applied in the recommended doses, the same sunscreen index 50+ will still allow 2% of UV rays to pass. Its use therefore does not allow exposure longer.

  1. Even tanned, you must continue to protect yourself.

True

Tanning is a natural “barrier” made by the skin to protect itself from the sun. It represents a protection index between 3 and 5, but is superficial and only filters part of the UV. Tanned skin is less susceptible to sunburn, but is not protected against the risk of cancer.

  1. The risk is not related to heat but to the intensity of UV rays.

TRUE

Beware of false impressions of security when it is cooler, under a cloudy sky or with wind because UV rays pass! The danger comes only from sunburn.

FALSE!

It also comes from “doses” of UV received throughout life. With each new unprotected exposure, the UV rays received accumulate and increase the risks for the skin and eyes:

TAKE A LISTEN TO HOW TO PICK YOUR VITAMIN C IN THE VIDEO BELOW:

http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5Dy9mAmfKI

The plant stem cell revolution – a 10-year rejuvenating facial

Stem cells are versatile cells found in the human body that can play any role in the body.

They are more common in newborns, as well as in adulthood, but in smaller quantities. Stem cells are found in almost all tissues, including the skin.

These types of cells, for example in the skin, are the only ones that can proliferate throughout life and create new skin cells.

Thus, stem cells help keep our skin young thanks to a constant process of renewal.

But with age, the number and viability of stem cells and their ability to create new skin cells decrease. If the number of stem cells in the body decreases with age, the most logical conclusion would be to add them. Experiments with human stem cells are carried out for medical purposes for the benefit of human health, but such experiments are still very controversial

 

 

today.http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_9KNTmxf4U

 

BUT SCIENCE HAS FOUND A NEW SOLUTION … PLANTS

Humans have used plants for medicinal and cosmetic purposes for centuries.  As science has progressed, it has been possible to look far beyond conventional properties such as taste or effect. Or rather, more deeply – perhaps studied what plant cells offer us. IT ALL STARTED WITH AN APPLE! A variety of apple called Uttwiler Spatlauber initially caught the eye of researchers as a fruit that could stay on the shelf for months without wilting. The researchers therefore began to study it in the laboratory and it was discovered that a solution of this apple stem cell promoted the growth of human cells by 80% more than human cells growing in solution without apple stem cells.  When both solutions were bombarded with UV rays at the same time, 50% of the cells growing in the normal solution were killed, but almost no cells were killed in the solution with apple stem cells. Cell life has also been extended. So what does this mean? This means that the stem cells of this variety of apple have an amazing property to stimulate the growth of human cells and prolong their life. In rural languages, this means that our skin rejuvenates and stays young for a long time. This rejuvenating effect was also observed in a laboratory where 20 women used a cream enriched with these stem cells twice a day – they found a reduction in 15% of wrinkles around the eyes in just two weeks.

 

 

STEM CELLS FOR HUMAN BENEFIT

In plants, as in the human body, there are stem cells that play an appropriate role in different parts of the plant (stem, leaf, flower, etc.). Our technology has advanced so much that we can find this stem cell in a plant with remarkable properties that we need and apply its beneficial effects on an appropriate medium.These tiny cells are powerful and can be used for purposes quite similar to the plants used by our grandmothers. Stem cells can provide, among other things, anti-inflammatory, rejuvenating or antioxidant effects, among others. But their effect is a thousand times more powerful, because they can stimulate the regeneration of stem cells in our own skin, thus creating a rejuvenating effect.However, although each plant has stem cells, few plants have been found whose stem cell properties would work wonders on our skin. This makes stem cell cosmetics extremely popular and valuable. The most common plants whose stem cells have been used in cosmetics are, for example, Swiss apples, alpine hare legs, roses and date palms.

 

WHAT IS THE  MORGANNA’S ALCHEMY 10 YEARS  YOUNGER in 30 DAYS?

 

Morganna’s Alchemy is a luxurious skin care line created by chemist Maya Hyppolite, some of which also use plant stem cells as active ingredients. Extremely powerful active ingredients have been carefully selected for each product, which in synergy guarantees the best results in the shortest time possible.

These are hypoallergenic, paraben-free and durable products.

The creator of Morganna’s Alchemy is based on the principle that aging is not just the wrinkles that appear on our faces.

Aging is associated with many problems such as sagging skin, pigmentation spots, dry skin, roughness, etc.

Therefore, a 30-day facial treatment  with 10 days includes four different products, each with a different function. And the stem cells included in the kit allow you to achieve a much more effective effect in the products compared to conventional plant extracts. The use of stem cells is also environmentally friendly, as the plants are grown on a small area without excessive consumption of water and fertilizers. Stem cells are produced in the laboratory by Morganna’s Alchemy herself.

Do you know about Anti-pollution skincare?

There exist many ingredients that can help to reduce the amount of pollution that our skin is exposed to every day. They work by forming a shield on your face or on your body to stop pollutants from penetrating too far into the epidermis.  Many skin conditions such as comedones and black heads are often aggravated by the pollutants we are exposed to everyday.

Today, 54% of the global population is urbanized and this figure is growing steadily;

Pollution has become a major public health concern.

The levels of pollution are now monitored and the number of studies on the impact of inhaled pollution on lungs and general health is increasing fast.

The number of publications about the consequences of atmospheric pollution on the human health is increasing dramatically.

(recent developments with COVID-19 and how it has affected our lives is just one more piece of evidence of the environmental pollution)

Air pollution is particularly bad phenomenon: Beijing, Mumbai, Paris, London, Bangkok, Mexico city are regularly pointed out for the bad quality of the air.

It is called an “airpocalypse” in some extreme cases.

 

. What are air pollutants?

 

Air pollutants are numerous and come in different forms: particulate (microparticles derived from

combustion and dust), gas (ozone, for example), chemicals (fertilisers, metals, dioxin, aldehydes, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)) or physical (ultraviolet irradiation).

These pollutants act alone or in combination with each other on human health, their composition differs widely considered the seasons and regions.

 

 

When it comes to the skin, there is little data published on how pollution can damage it.

One Epidemiological study on European and Chinese populations show that pollution by atmospheric or

household microparticles is correlated with skin defects and premature ageing of the skin: the presence of

lines and wrinkles as well as age spots

 

Enter the Horehound plant and its ability to form a shield on skin to keep out the harmful effects of everyday pollutants on our skin.

It is rich in phenylpropanoids that enduce the skin’ endogenous defense mechanisms

The soothing and anti-inflammatory properties were already described by Pliny the Elder, the Greek physician Dioscorides and more recently by Linnaeus.

Widely used in phytotherapy, in the form of Infusion, maceration or decoction of white horehound leaves is either drunk to calm coughs, stomach aches or applied on severe and infected wounds.

In Europe, it has long been considered a high therapeutic value plant. It is part of the many forgotten

plants in the first part of the 20th century because of the development of the pharmaceutical industry.

fight against the effects of the pollutant Mercury.

We are so happy that Horehound is the primary active ingredient contained in Morganna’s Radiant gel.

Step 2 of your 10 years younger routine.

 

It comes in the form of a light gel that can be added on top of almost any other cream or serum, to form a day time barrier on your face.

Our studies have shown that it improves the grain of your skin and can even help to prevent the redness that can build up around your nose, due to allergens. 

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Reinforcement for your skin barrier is one of the most important aspects of skin homeostasis.

A less effective barrier facilitates entry into the body of many elements whether chemical or biological.

The epidermis being the first frontier, disorders are then numerous: sensitive skin, dryness, and redness…

 

 

DETOX YOUR SKIN WITH

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5 REASONS WHY COLLAGEN IS ESSENTIAL FOR US!

  1. It’s anti-aging!

Collagen is an essential component of our skin, keeping the skin taut and supple. Consequently, the first signs of aging begin to appear on the skin in the form of dryness and wrinkles. As a dietary supplement, it helps maintain youth and reduce wrinkles.

The study, L’étude  which involved 69 women, found that after eight weeks of regular use of a collagen supplement, women had better skin elasticity, reduced wrinkles and smoother, smoother skin. It is important to note here that the effective daily amount of collagen should start at five grams (5000 mg).

 

  1. helps reduce cellulite and restores the vitality of hair and nails!

Due to the gradual decrease in collagen, the skin loses its elasticity and becomes thinner as it ages. The “side effect” of this process makes cellulite more visible – everything that was hidden is now visible.

Consuming a collagen supplement helps make the skin more elastic. As a result, the skin looks smoother and the ugly bumps are hidden again.

In addition to the rejuvenating effect of the skin, the consumption of collagen helps shine discolored hair and make the nails more elastic and stronger.

 

  1. Help prevent age-related joint problems!

Do you think that at 40 you are no longer as flexible as your twenties? When you go up the stairs, do your knees show creaking or pain? Because collagen is an important component in muscles, joints, cartilage and even bones, a collagen supplement can reduce these sensations. In recent years, the use of collagen has also been studied in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

 

 

Example: 147 athletes who experienced joint pain were tested during which they regularly consumed collagen for 24 weeks. The result – a significant reduction in joint pain. ont été testés

  1. Supports metabolism and muscles!

Collagen contains many essential amino acids that the body needs to function effectively on a daily basis. For example, glycine supports muscles and metabolism by being involved in the process by which glucose is converted into energy. Therefore, it is good to consume a collagen supplement after sports and also for people who work hard on a daily basis

  1. Supports the heart and many other important processes in the body!

Supplements containing hydrolyzed collagen also contain almost 20 different essential amino acids, each of which plays an important role in our bodies. For example, proline is an amino acid whose function in the body is to help prevent the calcification of arteries and the deposition of fatty substances on the arterial wall.

 

Collagen supplementation is certainly not a panacea for all diseases, but it has been shown in various studies that it has a positive effect on our body and our skin. So why not try a few lessons yourself?

Warning! The loss of collagen in the body is caused not only by aging, but also by stress, smoking, lack of sleep, excessive exposure to the sun and even many diseases. Therefore, try to gradually reduce the harmful factors that can cause you to prematurely age. And the collagen supplement helps you on your way to a beautiful, young and healthy lifestyle!

What is dry oil? How to pick the best oils for face and body?

It’s oil that does not leave an oily feeling on the skin while providing good skin hydration. Dry oil is fluid and quickly absorbed. It nourishes the skin and enhances it. Its application is pleasant and it leaves a satin finish that pleases women.

It is ideal in summer to enhance your tan! It has the same advantages as classic body oil, without the disadvantages (no greasy effect, does not leave marks on clothes …) It is a simple and quick beauty treatment to adopt daily.

In addition, it is suitable for all skin types! These are vegetable oils that are full of benefits.

The vegetable oils contained in dry oils are particularly rich in unsaturated fatty acids (omaga 3 and omega-6). They also each have specific properties for targeted actions because they have more affinity for the skin. Dry oil will therefore be easily absorbed by the epidermis, while leaving a slightly satiny effect.

How are dry oils obtained?

To obtain dry oil, a vegetable texture agent and an emollient agent derived from coconut are added to the vegetable oils, which will make it possible to reduce the fatty aspect of the oils and give a slippery effect.

There is a wide variety of dry oils, due to the very large number of vegetable oils

 

The advantage of these oils is that you can use them for EVERYTHING! They are mainly intended for hydration of the body, but they can also be applied to the face, hair or even in the bath.

Surprising, isn’t it?

One product to do it all, the concept is tempting!

 

How does dry oil make your skin beautiful?

It strengthens the lipid barrier of the epidermis. It nourishes it in depth and restores its suppleness.

***best applied on damp skin***

How is dry oil used?

1.On the face, it is better to use it in the evening because of its slightly satin effect. You can apply your pure dry oil or by mixing a few drops with your night cream.

2.On the body, vegetable oil can be used on all dry areas using light massages. It can also be used on exposed parts for a touch of shine.

 

3.Dry oil can also Help tan or décolleté.

 

 

4.In the bath water, pour a few drops and take full advantage of its moisturizing properties

  1. It is also excellent for your hair:

Ideal for dry or brittle hair, it can be applied: A few minutes before shampooing to nourish the hair without weighing it down.
PRO TIP: Do a hair mask before bed, apply the oil all over the hair, massage the scalp thoroughly to nourish and stimulate it, and then brush to distribute the oil evenly.

Remember to put a towel on your pillow to avoid staining your sheets.

Shampoo next morning

 

How do you choose the right dry oil?

Organic cosmetic certified dry oils are made from natural ingredients that comply with environmental standards. Conversely, the conventional cosmetic industry has developed various processes intended to improve the texture and preservation of the vegetable oils contained in dry oils. These techniques are not very respectful of the environment and alter the benefits of vegetable oil.

Avoid hydrogenated or esterified oils.  Whether they are hydrogenated, esterified or refined, they are obtained through chemical processes with harmful environmental impact. Hydrogenation is a chemical reaction.

It involves adding a molecule of dihydrogen by catalysis to modify the structure of fatty acids contained in vegetable oil. This industrial technique has the consequence of producing an instability of the molecule composing vegetable oil – transformed into saturated fatty acids -, deteriorating it and therefore altering its virtues.

Esterification is a chemical process that involves mixing vegetable oil with another natural or synthetic ingredient such as triglycerides (derived from palm oil), caprates or cocoglycerides (fatty substances derived from coconuts).

Esterification is a hot reaction that will alter the active ingredients in vegetable oil.

Without forgetting that this process often requires the addition of synthetic solvents, that is to say from petrochemicals. Esterified oil therefore contains fewer nutrients and more solvents than natural vegetable oil.

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Should I massage it in?

Yes, just a few drops+ heat well in the hands to increase penetration + massage gently for a couple of minutes.

What is the definition of Phytotherapy?

Phytotherapy, as the name suggests is a treatment (therapy) by plants (phyto).

It is one of the oldest medicines in the world. The druids of old Europe (600 years BC), made common use of it and were aware of the virtues of mistletoe against sterility.

Our grandmothers knew how to use chamomile to revive blond hair, rose to lighten the complexion, borage to cleanse skin.

In fact, plants are rich in minerals and trace elements which are carried by the sap. Their therapeutic properties are due to the active ingredients located in their different organs: Leaves, fruits, flowers, roots, rhizomes …

In recent years, we have noticed a thirst for balance, and returning to nature, it seems that herbal teas, capsules, essential oils and flower essences have never been so successful.

 We are going back to basics.

In cosmetology, essential oils are often used, a steam distillation of aromatic plants to extract the essence. These active ingredients are used in the composition of products for the face and body, in creams, masks, massage oils, wraps, etc.

Plants are complex, but with time we have gotten to know many of them and their beneficial properties.

Check out more about phytotherapy research here:https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/page/journal/10991573/homepage/productinformation.html

For example:

Use Aloe Vera activates hydration, softening, calms burning effect on our skin after sunbathing

Chamomile is Soothing, softening, lightening, relaxing compress, rinsing water, products

Anti-inflammatory, stimulating and antiseptic

Juniper (Juniper) Calms tired feet

Ivy to counter cellulite and fatty deposits Weight-loss treatment

Peruvian creeper: to counter cellulite and fatty deposits Weight loss treatment

Witch hazel: Circulatory problem in the case of varicose veins or heaviness in the legs

Horse Chestnut: Circulatory problem in the case of varicose veins or heaviness in the legs

St. John’s Wort: astringent, softening, protective, regenerating

Green tea: hydrating, demineralizing, antioxidant

Red vine: Circulatory problems help to reduce superfluous bulbs

Is my skin dry or dehydrated? How will I know?

 In a nutshell Dry skin is hungry while dehydrated skin is thirsty

 

 

The terms “dry skin” and “dehydrated skin” can sometimes be confusing, and yet it is not the same problem!

Dehydrated skin is a transient condition, when dry skin is a type of skin.

If dry skin and dehydrated skin are two different states, certain “risk factors” are common: extreme temperatures, skin aging, genetic inheritance, taking drugs or contact with aggressive products.

 

The terms “dry skin” and “dehydrated skin” can sometimes be confusing, and yet it is not the same problem!

Dehydrated skin is caused by the alteration of the skin’ barrier.

The hydrolipidic film is damaged, and the skin is more reactive to external aggressions.

Result: lack of flexibility, tightness in certain conditions (temperature and humidity of the place), and appearance of small fine lines or expression lines.

In dehydrated skin, these symptoms are not constant, they are temporary and appear periodically. For example, it is not uncommon to have dehydrated skin when winter arrives, because the skin loses its natural hydration with the cold.

How can I really tell the difference?

There are some typical clinical signs in dry skin:

  1. Tugging all the time,
  2. is rough / rough to the touch: we are talking about the “crocodile skin” effect,
  3. tends to be dull
  4. shows visible signs of dryness such as flaking (it is “peeling skin”) or sores (dry and scaly patches on the epidermis)
  5. lack of flexibility

 

  • You have dehydrated skin if:

. 1. Experience regular tightness, especially after being cleaned, in winter and in periods of high pollution

  1. Feel itching in specific spots: cheeks / cheekbones,
  2. NO flaking (white veil)
  3. Lacks flexibility
  4. Reveals the presence of dehydration fine lines at the corners of the eyes.
  5. Skin appears dull, lackluster and less supple

 

Dry or dehydrated skin makes the difference between hydration and nourishment

 

Are you going to nourish or hydrate?

Our skin is naturally made up of an aqueous part, which is a mixture of water and sweat. This aqueous part is supplemented by a lipophilic part, that is to say lipids, essentially sebum. On normal skin, these two phases are perfectly balanced, which allows skin to be supple and comfortable, with an adequate dose of water and lipids.

Water is the crucial element of our skin tissue, it travels from the dermis to the surface of the skin, hydrating all the intermediate layers in its path. This phenomenon is called Trans epidermal Water Loss. When skin is dehydrated, the hydro lipid film, which protects the skin and regulates its loss of water, suffers from deterioration. It no longer stops the loss of water, creating a lack of hydration.

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In dry skin, there is a natural lack of lipids in the skin. You can have dry skin without having dehydrated skin. In this case, the skin does not need hydrating care, but a nourishing care, which will nourish the skin with lipids to restore comfort. To have less dry skin, it is essential to nourish your skin, by providing it with lipids.

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This lipid intake will create a barrier, which will protect your skin from external aggressions. Thus, the skin cells remain well bonded to each other, maintaining the balance of the skin

How to treat dehydrated skin at home?

The First and always best answer! Water

To soothe dehydrated skin, the first simple and effective gesture: drink lots! You have to bring water to the skin tissue, and the hydration comes first through your diet. Try to drink enough (1 liter – 1.5 liters) throughout the day. This will relieve the feeling of tightness, but will also allow your body to eliminate a maximum of toxins.

What your skincare regiment should look like.

In the morning, boost the hydration of your skin with a serum and a day cream rich in fresh active ingredients

 

Try to use a gentle cleanser with no surfactants

Cleanse and remove make-up from your face only once a day, in the evening.

This will remove all makeup and pollution residue, which can speed up the dehydration process. Try using only a cleansing oil, in order to avoid irritating the epidermis

Opt for a night cream which will facilitate the regeneration of your skin tissue during the night.

The DEFINITIVE virtues of Vitamin C: INSIDE AND OUT

Vitamin C is found naturally in fruits such as cherries, strawberries and oranges.  It is not synthesized by the body (not found naturally) and we need to consume it.

The Vitamin C that we consume

This form is also called bioidentical. It is a synthetic vitamin C which is identical to the natural form: L-ascorbic acid. This synthetic acid is made from the fermentation of cereals (most often corn). It is therefore of natural origin. But we cannot say that it is a natural ascorbic acid since it comes from various transformations which we use in chemistry.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT ROLES OF VITAMIN C?

  • Reduced mental and physical fatigue
  • Good psychological functioning
  • Regeneration of the reduced form of vitamin E
  • The proper functioning of energy metabolism
  • The proper functioning of the immune system
  • The protection of cells against oxidative stress
  • The proper functioning of the nervous system
  • Normal collagen formation for the skin and for proper functioning of blood vessels, bones, cartilage, teeth and gums
  • The proper functioning of the immune system during and after intensive physical activity

In addition to the above mentioned:

Promotes good skin health

Vitamin C participates in the polymerization (synthesis) process of collagen fibers. Collagen is a protein that plays a vital role in the maintenance and regeneration of bone mass, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels and the skin.

It gives elasticity and resistance to the various organs and tissues of our body. Vitamin C therefore helps the body to form scar tissue and heal wounds.

High vitamin C intakes have also been shown to reduce the likelihood of wrinkles and dry skin

Increases the assimilation of iron and calcium

Vitamin C improves the absorption of iron. This property is important because iron is an absolutely essential mineral for the body which needs it for the production of hemoglobin and the regulation of cerebral and muscular functions. Adequate absorption of iron is therefore necessary to avoid anemia and fatigue.

Fights free radical damage

Vitamin C is one of many antioxidants that help protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals, as well as toxic chemicals like cigarette smoke.

Free radicals can build up in the body and contribute to the development of health problems such as cancer, heart disease or arthritis. Free radicals form when the body breaks down food or when it is exposed to smoke, tobacco, or radiation.

Improves physical performance

Some studies have shown that supplementing with vitamin C would increase physical performance and muscle strength, improve oxygen delivery during physical exercise, and reduce blood pressure.

 

 

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF DEFICIENCY IN VITAMIN C?

Vitamin C deficiency manifests itself in several ways in the body:

  • General fatigue
  • Lack of appetite and weight loss
  • weakened immune system (repeated infections, colds, flu)
  • Swollen and painful joints
  • Slow healing
HOW DO YOU PICK OUT A GOOD VITAMIN C?

There are different qualities on the market. More than 95% of world production comes from China, the rest from Scotland or the USA.

The quality criteria are as follows:

  • Purity: the manufacturing process must result in a 100% ascorbic acid product, that is to say 100% pure.
  • It must be dextrorotatory L-ascorbic acid, the only form which is in plants and which has a vitamin power.
  • Traces of solvents: the solvents used for its manufacture must be undetectable
  • Traces of toxic: pesticides and heavy metals from corn cultivation must also be undetectable in analyzes

 

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Detailed insight on puffiness and dark circles under eyes

Dark circles and puffiness are Age and gravity related First and foremost!

Age-related skin aging is the main factor in the appearance of various types of dark circles and puffiness. Sooner or later, everyone faces the appearance of these pockets that make the eyes look tired. As we age the covering of adipose tissue which protects the eyeball from its bone cavity and from external aggressions disappears with time. The very delicate skin below the eye, which loses collagen over the years, is also affected by gravity, which draws fat down by stretching the skin.

With age, the orbicular muscle in turn slides down and no longer holds the underside of the eye. Thus manifests the ptosis (sagging) of the fatty tissues which maintain the structure of the face, in particular at the level of the cheekbone.

The lymphatic system becomes slower and, is most likely responsible for the puffiness under the eyes.  The fluid contains white bloods cells, and other organic residue which purifies the body is no longer moving fast.

Vessels in the lymphatic system which drain these residues lodged in the tissues can result in small edemas if their circulation, slows down more.

 

1. Blue dark circles

They are called vascular circles and correspond to the appearance of a bluish circle around the eye. In this case, dark circles are caused by a dysfunction of the blood and lymphatic circulation, which normally drains several elements and in particular, the pigments of the blood. Accumulated, blood pigments can form a heap under the thinnest layers of the skin. Age or  genetic reasons, cause microcirculation of the lower eyelid becomes less effective.

The blood capillaries, mainly composed of collagen https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/collagen-benefits, thus become more distended and a venous stasis appears until pigmenting the skin.

2. BROWN DARK CIRCLES

The mechanisms leading to their formation are varied. Since the epidermis and dermis of the lower eyelid are really very thin (less than 0.6 mm thick), the skin easily shows excess pigment and  the accumulation of melanin pigments in the surface layers of the epidermis.

Dark circles tend to appear most frequently in India and the Middle East, Caribbean where people have darker skin tones. They also often appear in people with a family predisposition to produce melanin in the areas around the eyes.

When they are due to hyperpigmentation they are

very difficult to treat, and the demand is great, especially for ethnic skin so far Peeling gives the best results.

3. Violet colored dark circles

Before treating them, it is necessary to know the causes of the appearance of Hereditary dark circles or signs of aging, they appear on people with thin and transparent skin. These dark circles are accentuated by poor blood circulation. Dark circles can also be the result of a side effect of certain diseases or allergies

 

4. Sunken eyes

Finally, a distinction is also made between so-called pigmentary rings and dark circles called hollows. They are often the result of the disappearance of the fat which is between the skin (very thin on the lower eyelid) and the orbital bone: this phenomenon is called “skeletonization” or “orbitalization” of the eyes. You can then see the edge of the orbital bone through the skin.

 

OTHER CAUSES OF dark circles

But dark circles can appear in other circumstances.

  • For example, bile or liver problems can cause dark circles.
  • In some cases of constipation or poor elimination, the eyelids may even turn green.
  • Periods of hormonal changes such as menstruation, pregnancy or menopause can also cause the appearance of dark circles.

 

There are two main causes for the  under the eye pockets

  1. Water retention

The edema responsible for swelling under the lower eyelid can have multiple origins: lack of sleep, too rich a diet, alcohol or tobacco, which is known to be harmful for venous and lymphatic microcirculation. All these factors contribute to the retention of liquids in the body and cause the appearance of puffiness.

Did you know that salt can promote the appearance of puffiness under the eyes and the swelling effect on the eyes?

Dark circles that are a bit more swollen are due to water retention and come from salty food.

Avoid adding too much eating salt can help you avoid dark circles and bags under the eyes.

Cold to eliminate puffiness the cold is a good ally for removing bags under the eyes. The cold helps tighten the skin and reduce the effect of puffy and ringed eyes.

Here is a quick tip to immediately reduce swelling under the eyes

 Take two ice cubes and place them in a small towel.

  • Place the towel under your eyes. -Never place the ice cubes directly on the skin
  • Leave on for 5 minutes to reduce puffiness.
  1. Fatty Deposits

Over the years, fatty deposits can also build up under the eyes. It is a displacement of the fat which protects the eye and which is normally found in the orbit. It can be a simple sagging of the skin and muscles around the eye due to aging, but it can also occur in a congenital or hereditary field.

 

Here are some of the best ways to reduce dark circles, puffiness and Sunken eyes

 

1. Blepharoplasty

One of the best options for maintaining a bright, rested look throughout the day is surgery. There are of course many natural remedies to help reduce puffy dark circles, but when the cause of the problem is an excess of fat and skin in this area of ​​the face blepharoplasty is the best way to remove dark circles.

It consists of correcting the appearance of the pockets under the lower eyelid,by allowing the excess tissue to be repositioned and strengthen the muscles surrounding the lower part of the eyeball.

2. lipofilling method.

It consists of injecting the person’s own fat to restore volume and fill a void. The Do make sure to choose the right specialist, who must absolutely master the technique. In fact, unlike what happens with hyaluronic acid, the fat is not absorbable and, once the injection is made, the result is long lasting

3.Moisturizing creams

To prevent the appearance of dark circles, it is especially important to moisturize the eye area, with moisturizing creams and serums enriched with antioxidants. After thirty, bet on anti-aging treatments that will plump and smooth the eye area.

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Gels:  for the eye area are real allies to stimulate micro-circulation and decongest the eyes to reduce bluish circles or puffiness

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4. Vitamin K

It is important to remember that a good intake of vitamin K has a concealer effect. And yes, vitamin K is essential for hemostasis (blood clotting) and the metabolism of bones and other tissues.

Vitamin K is found in …

  • Certain vegetables (broccoli, asparagus, spinach, peas, cauliflower, artichoke, lettuce, celery, chicory, leek, potato)
  • Certain herbs and roots such as parsley and chicory.
  • Certain cereals such as oats

 

 

5. Makeup

Use concealer. It is the most effective trick to fight against the shadows created by the hollow of your dark circles. Choose a color very close to your natural complexion. https://www.paulaschoice.com/expert-advice/makeup-tips/eyes/how-to-choose-and-use-concealer.html

Careful, the concealer may make you look even more tired. Tap the material with your finger in the hollow. Then apply a little highlighter in the inner corner of the eye. To gain volume under your eyes, you can also use a silicone eraser and apply over your concealer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simple Ways to Get Healthier

We all know health is important, but do we prioritize it? Many of us have such busy lives that our own well-being winds up falling to the wayside. It’s easy to feel like there’s simply no time to take care of yourself. However, there are some simple things you can do that, done consistently, will have a big impact on your health.

 

  1. Take a break

 

One often-overlooked tool you can use to improve your health is taking a break. In today’s do-everything world, many people run themselves ragged day in and day out. This kind of schedule is unhealthy and unsustainable; do it long enough, and Mayo Clinic points out that eventually, the stress on your mind and body may force you to take a break. Constant pressure can lead to fatigue, high blood pressure, heart disease, and more.

 

If you relate to the feeling of being “always on,” consider taking a getaway to decompress. Some time apart from your regular space and stressors will allow you to recharge, both physically and mentally.

 

  1. Get your vitamins

 

You probably already know that there are serious health issues that can occur if you’re not getting enough of certain vitamins. However, you don’t have to be at scurvy levels of deprivation to need a boost. Many people are slightly behind on their vitamin intake. Healthline explains this can be a sneaky health issue. Although it’s subtle enough to easily ignore, it can cause fatigue, weight gain, mood issues, and more serious problems in the long run.

 

One simple way to make sure you’re getting all the vitamins you need is to take a daily multivitamin supplement. However, make sure you do your research to find a vitamin you can trust. Many contain unnecessary ingredients or don’t have the nutrients they claim to. Another thing to consider is whether your body is getting the electrolytes it needs to function properly. If you’re having issues with dehydration or cramping, an electrolyte supplement can help. You may also want to consider a fat-burning supplement to maximize your diet and exercise routine. Before buying, be sure to thoroughly research each product’s features and formula.

 

  1. Sleep tight

 

Poor sleep is a major health issue, and one that many of us face every day. A third of adults in the US report consistent difficulties falling or staying asleep. There are tons of health ramifications to missing the quality sleep we need, from mental health problems to increased risk of heart disease.

 

Try to get at least 7-9 hours of sleep each night. If this seems like a difficult task, consider taking steps to improve your sleep hygiene. Simple measures, such as reducing screen time at night and avoiding snacks close to bedtime can dramatically improve your sleep quality.

 

  1. Hit the gym

 

Exercise is a universally recognized part of a healthy lifestyle, but many of us neglect it anyway. However, making the effort to get 30 minutes of exercise every day will have a noticeable, dramatic effect on your well-being. Not only will it have a huge impact on your long-term health, but you will also feel more energized day-to-day.

 

Yoga, Pilates, even regular walks around the neighborhood will do wonders. A great exercise outfit can inspire you to get into the habit.

 

Taking care of your health every day doesn’t have to be daunting. These simple tasks will keep you on track for a long and happy life. Fit them into your daily schedule, and you will feel the effects in no time.

 

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Author: Jennifer McGregor

7 STEPS FOR EXTRA PROTECTION DURING THE CORONA PANDEMIC

In times like this with the Corona Virus pandemic, I am reminded of some of the ways my great-grandmother used to maintain her household cleansed.  There were not as many medications and antibiotics back then, so some of these habits were practiced a lot more. 

Here is a list of the few I remember and, while adding a couple more.

  1. Aerate your home by opening the windows daily.   Did you know that it is a great way to remove the presence of pollutants and bacteria?   Turn off your air conditioner if you are a warm climate and put your coats on if you are in a cold climate, either way, make sure you aerate.

 

  1. Use your disinfectant the proper way! Don’t just spray and wipe! It doesn’t give the antibacterial enough time to do its job.  Leave on for 15 minutes and wipe thoroughly with a microfiber cloth.

 

  1. Did you know that all you really need is Bleach, Soap (black soap preferably)( studies have shown that people who use antibacterial products, are just as sick, as those who only use plain soap) and some Lysol spray? Buy yourself an empty spray bottle and dilute the bleach into that spray bottle.

 

4. Remember to disinfect the door knobs, people are touching them all day long.

 

5. Do not store all of your toothbrushes together. If someone was sick in your house, you can always boil them to disinfect.

 

6.  Do not vacuum if someone was infected with coronavirus in your home? Do not vacuum. Indeed, there is a risk of diffusing the tiny       particles. If no one was infected: Do vacuum regularly.

 

  1. Aromatherapy is a good way to fight a cold, and can even be helpful in easing flu symptoms and disinfecting the home.  It is also a great way to stay looking young, as it will help to keep much needed moisture on your skin.   Personally recommend Vetiver oil, it’s a powerful antimicrobial

PS: Lemon is a natural antibacterial and antiseptic, do feel free to cut up a few slices to put into your water bottle

Do you have any other suggestions? Let us know

#staysafe #stayhome  #cornoavirus

Top 10 Functions of Hyaluronic acid on your skin

Hyaluronic acid is one of the best moisturizer and plumpin ingredients around.  It comes in multiple amounts of molecular weights, each having an exact role in either plumpin, moisturizing or calming dehydrated skin.

Here are the top ten

  • 1.Designed to have an increased permeation through the skin compared to high molecular weight hyaluronic acid
  • 2.Rejuvenates the skin by improving its viscoelastic properties and can help decrease the appearance of wrinkles
  • 3. Hydrates the top layers of the skin, the epidermis, for smoother, softer skin by helping to lock-in moisture
  • 4.Topically sodium hyaluronate transforms the dermis layer of your skin into a super-sponge for your face by helping to maintain and attract water within the extra-cellular space, to hydrate the skin and increase its volume and density
  • 5. Plays a role in tissue hydration, lubrication.
  • 6. Its hydrating properties result in increased smoothness, softening and decreased wrinkles.
  • 7. Enhances suppleness and elasticity
  • 8. Plumps up the appearance of the skin
  • 9. Maintenance of constant moisture
  • 10. High water holding capacity
  • See how Morganna’s Bellatox can help you

You’ve heard of Niacinamide, but what is it exactly?

Niacinamide works in two ways. First, it increases the production of collagen, a protein that is part of the basic structure of the skin. Second, the production of glycan decreases.

Too many technical terms? Let’s say that collagen is very good, because it keeps the skin cells together, and the glycans are bad, because they are responsible for the appearance of wrinkles on the skin … so that niacinamide improves the first and reduces the second. That is, its purpose is to improve the texture of your skin, by reducing the signs of aging that make your face look younger.

How does it work on the skin?

What are its actions? It has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It also acts as a cellular communication booster. She can talk to many types of skin cells, asking them to make normal, healthier, younger cells. In fact, by stimulating the production of ceramides, the lipids that form the cement between the cells of the epidermis, the skin is stronger, protected from dehydration and the penetration of irritants.

There are no contraindications. “In the form of a serum, a few drops are enough for the entire face before applying the moisturizer, says Nassim Hamek. Not particularly sensitive to light or oxidation, and not photosensitizing, it can be applied during the day as by night.”

Niacinamide easily penetrates the skin and is not irritating

Soothing

Niacinamide neutralizes the irritation process and reduces itching by acting on the mechanisms involved (in particular by inhibiting histamine).

Anti-age spots

The application of nicotinamide-based treatments (between 2 and 5%) is effective in lightening pigment spots, results linked to the increase in collagen production induced by the active ingredient. The action is certainly progressive but less irritating than vitamin C.

(Our skin Brightening serum contains 10% Niacinamide) https://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/express-concentrated-brightening-serum/

It is made up of two compounds: nicotinic acid or niacin and nicotinamide or niacinamide.

Synthesized by the body but in too small a quantity, as well as easily eliminated in the urine, vitamin B3 must thus be provided by our food in the form of recommended daily allowances.

Its properties are used topically for:

  • Improvement of the barrier function of the skin: it reduces irritation in the presence of an irritant agent while improving the texture of the skin;
  • Acceleration of cell differentiation and scarring: vitamin B3 is a moisturizing active ingredient that can be used to fight against atopic states and skin dryness; boost micro-circulation of the skin

So why is it so successful today? Probably because more and more people report having reactive skin. The blame for pollution, our stressful lifestyle and also sometimes poor nutrition. So many factors that increase the risk of inflammation and imbalance, in addition to the application of irritant treatments, including some natural formulas based on essential oils

Learn how CBD can improve your menopause symptoms.

Menopause is a season of change, but not always for the better.  We now know CBD, can help

One of the symptoms associated with menopause is hot flashes. However, little is known about what causes them.

Another common symptom of menopause is mood swings. Estrogens directly affect a woman’s mood and when estrogen levels fluctuate, they can cause severe mood swings. It is also known that women have a higher risk of developing depression during the menopause process.

Pain is another symptom associated with this natural process that all women go through in their adult lives. Hormones fluctuate, and so does the menstrual cycle. This means that women go through irregular periods and, at times, can suffer from migraines and cramps.

Another symptom of decreased production of the hormone estrogen is bone loss. Estrogen plays a key role in the growth and repair of bones. A deficiency of this hormone causes bone loss and erosion. In 2009, a study found that cannabinoid receptors in our bodies directly affect bone formation. This means that treatment with cannabinoids could successfully reverse bone loss and prevent things like osteoporosis.

Insomnia can also be caused by the obstructive nature of other menopausal symptoms. If the woman experiences severe pain, hot flashes or chills during the night, this may prevent her from resting properly.

Pain during intercourse from dryness and vaginal atrophy

Dryness and loss of hair

Decreased sexual desire

Slower metabolism and weight gain

Increased prevalence of urinary tract infections

Role of the endocannabinoid system during menopause

The endocannabinoid system is a system of retrograde endogenous neurotransmitters composed of cannabinoid receptors. Its main function is to regulate endocrine, immune tissue, and brain functions. It also has secondary functions which include pain relief, sleep regulation, good bone growth, and mood stabilization.

During menopause, the system deteriorates and leads to deregulation of estrogen and progesterone. The symptoms of menopause come from this hormonal deregulation.

CBD for menopause

  1. It helps balance natural estrogen levels, which is great for dealing with anxiety and mood swings
  2. It has been shown to be beneficial in providing relief from body pain, because CBD is also primarily known to be useful in treating chronic, moderate and severe joint and muscle pain.
  3. CBD works wonders for managing depression and frustration, unlike harmful addictive drugs
  4. CBD naturally produces endocannabinoids in the body, making treatment more natural and less harmful

 

How to use CBD?

Depending on the problem area, there are several ways to use CBD. To improve skin quality, creams and oils for external use are made to be applied directly to the skin. For sleep disorders and mood swings, oils in the form of vapor or edible oils allow CBD to quickly penetrate into blood vessels. These can also be mixed with food or a liquid. Another method of use for localized action is the oils and sprays to be applied under the tongue. Certain cannabis species that are particularly high in CBD can be used as medical marijuana, subject to local laws.

How much CBD to use?

Everyone reacts differently to CBD. The recommended amount may vary from product to product, which can cause confusion. Also, the dosage may change depending on the CBD concentration of the oil used. On average, a dose of 25 mg per day is effective for most people. The amount can be increased little by little until the symptoms go away. Do not hesitate to ask your doctor for advice on a more suitable dosage.

 

CBD is definitely one of the best answers to the challenges women face during their menopause. It should also be taken regularly for other types of illnesses and medical conditions, to help manage the common menopausal symptoms that every woman goes through during her lifetime.

  1. Hill, M. and Gorzalka, B. (2009). The Endocannabinoid System and the Treatment of Mood and Anxiety Disorders. CNS & Neurological Disorders – Drug Targets, 8(6), pp.451-458. []
  2. Kogan, Natalya M., et al. „Cannabidiol, a Major Non‐Psychotropic Cannabis Constituent Enhances Fracture Healing and Stimulates Lysyl Hydroxylase Activity in Osteoblasts.“ Journal of Bone and Mineral Research 30.10 (2015): 1905-1913. []

Vetiver oil, our grandmother’s secret to healing acne scars and other skin problems

TIP 1: By adding a few drops of vetiver oil to your face wash, body wash or lotion, you will notice the difference: your skin will be more even and your complexion will improve.  In addition, vetiver essential oil is an antiseptic, which means that when applied to living tissue or the skin, it reduces the risk of infection and kills bacteria.

TIP 2: Cravings for cigarettes, hard to resist? Pour a drop of vetiver essential oil and a drop of lemon grass essential oil on a tissue and breathe. It will help you not to take a cigarette and will relax you.

 

 

In the world of cosmetics, vetiver essential oil is used mainly in the composition of perfumes and in the manufacture of cosmetic products (soap, cleansing milks or lotions, toilet waters, perfumes, etc.). It is really ideal for its smell that is both woody and sweet; and its therapeutic qualities.

  1. It also has special properties to correct imperfections such as uneven skin tone to get give us a radiant complexion.
  2. It also effectively treats acne problems and oily skin. However, the strong odor of this essential oil is attenuated during the dilution of this essential oil. Vetiver essential oil is also recognized for its therapeutic properties, it has relaxing properties.
  3. It particularly helps to alleviate states of anxiety and depression.
  4. It also helps treat muscle pain, rheumatism as well as varicose veins and hemorrhoids.
  5. It also promotes blood circulation to be healthy. It is an essential ally to recover sleep or to stretch your legs in case of fatigue.
  6. Just add a few drops of vetiver essential oil to a massage oil to relieve aches and muscle contractions. It is mainly used in baths or massage to relax and provide a feeling of well-being and calm
  7. Studies show that a minimum concentration of vetiver oil is necessary to clear up infections such as staph. These virtues of vetiver oil are useful before and after surgery and when healing wounds and cuts.

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Please click on the link to find out how Haiti, has become the primary supplier and producer of Vetiver oil

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0RLDHe4yY0

 

What happens to Collagen as we age, and reach menopause?

Did you know that, thanks to sex hormones, women have naturally softer skin than men?

Estrogens are a major contributor to the formation of collagen, a fibrillary protein. During youth, your skin is made up of 80% collagen. As long as this structure, similar to a rope, works optimally, your skin remains smooth and soft. Collagen is able to swell up and this, swelling capacity allows it to store water efficiently.

Your skin is strong from the inside. As our hormone levels decrease, the epidermis becomes thinner and more fragile. The dermis below it loses a third of its collagen over the first five years following menopause. Our skin is less supple, and no longer properly hydrated.

Natural regulation of fat content does not work as well as it did in the younger years. All of this makes the skin drier and more fragile. Imperfections sometimes appear on the face.

Some women even get pimples at the beginning of menopause; hormonal variation is involved. The main cause is production of estrogen is slowed down; that of testosterone (male hormone) remains stable. In cases of excess testosterone, from the age of 50, pimples can suddenly appear the production our mucous membranes are also affected by these changes. About 40% of women notice vaginal dryness. The consequences are irritation and pain during intercourse. The risk of infection increases as we cannot fight off germs and fungi as we used to.

 

While it may not be possible to prevent these changes in our skin, we can slow the process down.  When it comes to irritation and imperfections here are a few tips on what to use, so that our cosmetics don’t aggravate the situation.

 

 

  1. Choose a body wash that is mild and not too drying
  2. Choose a shower that is not too hot, it dries the skin less than a bath.
  3. The application of a cream is essential. Creams or gels containing organic substances such as hyaluronic acid help the skin stay hydrated. This is particularly important for parts of the body such as the shins, which are often extremely dry in women, and which are liable to flake.
  4. For the face, be careful to avoid irritable substances such as alcohol, perfumes or preservatives, as they can be harmful to sensitive skin.
  5. As you reach middle age, the skin of the face needs a lubricating and moisturizing cream, to be applied twice a day.
  6. Experiments with the most diverse skincare products also show that these products do more harm than they treat.
  7. Do consult your dermatologist (strongly recommended).
  8. In case of dryness or vaginal irritation, anything that improves the irrigation of the pelvis is beneficial, such as perineal gymnastics, walking or cycling.

To relieve pain during intercourse, a lubricating gel may be helpful (https://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/luvoil-venus-with-cbd-200-mg/)

Resveratrol, precious ally against dark spots!

 

There are several types of resveratrol, however only, Trans-Resveratrol is the one that is in  bio active form; this means that it is the one readily available to make a difference on your skin (Morganna’s Express spot remover)…

In other words, it is able to fight against the accumula

tion of oxidative species harmful to cell survival

The powers of this polyphenol, derived from the seeds of grapes, are few but mighty:

Powerful antioxidant:

This action gives resveratrol protective effects and anti-aging potential.

It helps protect the body and prevent premature skin aging.

Anti-inflammatory activity studies show that resveratrol can reduce inflammatory responses.

This natural anti-inflammatory property may therefore be good in fighting against chronic inflammation.

Remember, just by walking from our car to our house, there could be enough damage done by the sun to provoke this inflammation under your skin!

When, skin is deeply wrinkled, spotted, reddened, dehydrated, and weakened, the collagen and elastin fibers, constituting the extracellular matrix of the dermis, are disorganized and degraded, the skin tissues prone to inflammation.

In the skin, oxidation is a major phenomenon responsible for cell aging. It damages the skin cells both in the epidermis and the dermis and contributes to their degeneration. The antioxidant power of Resveratrol has been proven to be superior to that of vitamins C and E. A scientific study has shown that Resveratrol is 95% effective in preventing lipid peroxidation, compared to 65% for vitamin E and 37 % for vitamin C.

Fight against Free Radicals:

Resveratrol is also known to stimulate the proliferation of healthy cells and the synthesis of collagen by protecting the dermal matrix against toxic enzymes and improving the functioning of fibroblasts responsible for the production of collagen.

Antioxidants would therefore be precious allies to help the skin fight against free radicals produced in high concentration during oxidative stress. As their name suggests, antioxidants are inhibitors of oxidation and they will help remove excess free radicals from cells.

 

Resveratrol (trans-resveratrol) is indeed a polyphenol which is particularly active in all of our cells. It protects them from the destructive effects of free radicals. It also inhibits the oxidation processes (oxidative stress) that cause damage to our cell membranes.

In the early 1990s, the research scientist Serge Renaud was talked about in the United States by explaining the famous French Paradox. His studies tended to prove that the French were more than three times less likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease thanks to the high content of resveratrol in red wine. Since then, numerous studies on the benefits of this antioxidant have highlighted its protective action for the whole of our body.

Amazing skincare Rituals of asian women

Did you know that the average Asian woman dedicates over 2 hours of her day to her skincare products?

Did you also know that Japanese women typically consume cartilage soups (Bone broths, fish heads) to consume the collagen it contains? This is an the effort to stay looking eternally young.

In a previous blog, we pointed out the Asian skin is different the fact it has few sebaceous glands, with a tendency to “hyper-dryness” in certain areas, making it look dull. In fact, many women in Asia have a delicate epidermis, making it very delicate in nature:
https://www.morgannasalchemy.com/depth-look-asian-skin-type-differs-others/ 

Here are some more secrets from their vaults:

  1. Beauty that comes from within:

Essentially based on the Chinese pharmacopoeia, green tea and a healthy diet, the lifestyle of Asian women has a real impact on the beauty and youth of their skin: In addition to fighting against the effects of time by using conventional cosmetics, they rely on nature – and more particularly on food, favoring fruits and vegetables, rice and Chinese mushrooms.

Rich in vitamin B, as well as iron, calcium and magnesium, these foods, while excellent for the blood, heart and lungs, also have the effect of rejuvenating skin; Eating habits which, by eliminating toxins and purifying the body from the inside, also prevent the appearance of pimples, blackheads and other imperfections.

 

  1. follow the “4-2-4” method

Many Asian women use the “4-2-4” method. For four minutes, rub face with hydrophilic oil

https://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/double-cleansing-duo/.

Then, for two minutes, apply cleansing foam. And finally, for four minutes, rinse the skin with water. This type of facial cleansing with oil is known as double cleansing.

  1. Use a Konjac sponge

For gentle facial cleansing, try using the Konjac sponge. The latter is made from the roots of a plant of the same name originating in Asia, and is also known as konnyaku. Before you start using it, let it soak for a few minutes in lukewarm water so that it softens. Then wring it lightly and, with circular movements, cleans the skin from the forehead to the chin

  1. Massage your face

First, heat a small amount of cream in your hands to release and increase the product’s active ingredients. After application, gently penetrate the product by tapping with the palms of the hands from the bottom of the face upwards to drain the micro-circulation. Always remember to extend the cream and the masks on the neck and décolleté! Just like the face, these are sensitive and overexposed parts that need to be hydrated.

  1. Body brushing

Using a soft bristle brush (there are specific for the face), dry brushing removes dead skin, gently exfoliates and oxygenates the blood

  1. Facial steam bath

Relaxes the face and unclogs pores. Embellished with a c. to s. thyme and a tsp. to s. of green tea, the steaming water deeply purifies the skin.

  1. Masking:

Japanese and Korean girls love it. Once a week, they offer themselves an intensive care, based on rice flour, pearl powder or green tea

  1. Layering ritual,

It consists in applying, in order, an oily makeup remover, an aqueous cleanser, a soothing lotion, a serum, an eye area and, finally, a moisturizer.

Finally, Have you noticed that Japanese women have the habit of wearing sunglasses and a parasol even when it is not sunny? it is above all a means of protection against the rays of the sun which harm our skin, even when there are clouds. Likewise, many Asian women protect their skin from photoaging by using SPF creams in order to avoid getting dark spots and uneven skin tone: check out our natural Serum with Niacinamide and our Resveratrol cream

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How do I know if my skin is dry or dehydrated?

Remember all skin types can also be dehydrated.

The terms “dry skin” and “dehydrated skin” can sometimes be confusing, and yet it is not the same problem!

Dehydrated skin is a transient condition, when dry skin is a type of skin

Dehydrated skin is caused by an alteration of the skin barrier. The hydrolipidic film is damaged, and the skin is more reactive to external aggressions.

 The Result: lack of flexibility, tightness in certain conditions (temperature and humidity of the place), and appearance of small fine lines or expression lines. In the case of dehydrated skin, these symptoms are not constant; they are temporary and appear periodically. For example, it is not uncommon to have dehydrated skin when winter arrives, because skin loses its natural hydration with the cold.

To know if you have dry skin, there are some typical clinical signs: You experience tightness, irritation, and even itching throughout the day.

It’s a persistent discomfort that has accompanied you since childhood; it’s your skin nature, not a passing state. In people with dry skin, it is not uncommon to see fine cracks on the skin, and sometimes even cracks.

 Although dry and dehydrated skins are two different things, certain “risk factors” are common: extreme temperatures, skin aging, genetic inheritance, taking drugs or contact with aggressive products. If the skin can be soothed with appropriate care, identifying the cause of dryness or dehydration is essential.

Dry or dehydrated skin: the difference between hydration and nutrition

To better understand the difference between dry and dehydrated skin, we must first understand the difference between hydration and nutrition of the skin. Our skin is naturally made up of an aqueous part, which is a mixture of water and sweat. This aqueous part is supplemented by a lipophilic part, that is to say lipids, essentially sebum. On normal skin, these two phases are perfectly balanced, which allows the skin to be supple and comfortable, with an adequate dose of water and lipids.

Water is the crucial element of our skin tissue; it travels from the dermis to the surface of the skin, hydrating all the intermediate layers in its path. This phenomenon is called Insensible Water Loss. When skin is dehydrated, the hydro lipid film, which protects the skin and regulates its loss of water, suffers from deterioration. It no longer stops the loss of water, creating a lack of hydration.

 

In dry skin, there is a natural lack of lipids in the skin. You can have dry skin without having dehydrated skin. In this case, the skin does not need moisturizing care, but a nourishing care, which will nourish the skin with lipids to restore comfort.

In order to have less skin, that is not so dry it is essential to nourish your skin, by providing it with lipids. This lipid intake will create a barrier, which will protect your skin from external aggressions. Thus, the skin cells remain well bonded to each other, maintaining the balance of the skin.

 

To soothe your dry skin, opt for a nourishing cream rich in lipids, or an oily serum adapted to your skin.

At Morganna’s Alchemy, we work a lot with Cold press Mango butter, an excellent hydrator with the many skin healing properties

What is the definition of Ecocert-Cosmos standard?

Morganna’s Alchemy has been following the Ecocert standard since inception almost 14 years ago.

We love Green Chemistry, and would like to let you know what the values of picking ingredients with the ecocert label, actually means.

Recently, there has been a movement within various organization to bring together there eco-friendly standards all together.  The new name of Ecocert, is therefore now “Cosmos”

The COSMOS-standard is a new cosmetic certification developed to harmonize various certifications and labels in order to create one standard that is internationally recognized for natural and organic cosmetics.

The “Cosmetic Organic Standard” was officially launched in February 2017, and is a result of Five European associations and certification bodies – ECOCERT (France), Cosmebio® (France), BDIH® (Germany), AIAB/ICEA (Italy) and Soil Association® (UK) – who were working together on the promotion of organic and natural products.

The main goal, is to uphold the inspection and certification of organic and ecological products, eco-friendly systems and respect for the environment throughout the production chain.

Today, over 1,600 companies, and more than 25,000 products sold into more than 45 countries are certified under COSMOS.

The guiding principles are to:

  • promoting the use of products from organic agriculture, and respecting biodiversity
  • using natural resources responsibly and respecting the environment
  • using processing and manufacturing that are clean and respectful of human health and environment
  • integrating and developing the concept of “Green Chemistry” instead of using petrochemicals
  • providing transparency for consumers

The COSMOS-standard surrounding the origin and processing of cosmetic ingredients are classified into five categories:

  • Physically processed agro-ingredients – organic agriculture that reflects pure or allows simple processing;
  • Chemically processed agro-ingredients – certifiable by using agricultural organic raw materials and manufacturing processes that are clean and authorised, all under the umbrella of “Green Chemistry”;
  • Water – non-certifiable and must comply with hygienic standards;
  • Minerals and ingredients of mineral origin – non-certifiable, requires clear environmental rules in their use, and in further processing;
  • Other ingredients – a very limited list of preservatives and some ingredients allowed as long as there are no effective natural alternatives available to ensure the safety of consumers or efficacy of the product.

COSMOS-standard certified products are labeled with the signature “COSMOS ORGANIC” or “COSMOS NATURAL”, depending on their certification level.

THE PACKAGING

The packaging must be ecological, recyclable and reduced to a minimum. An environmental waste management plan for the production site must be established.

 

 

What is the one product that can be used on every part of your body? (virtually)

It is the Dry oil of course.

 

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Well, it is an oil that does not leave a greasy feeling on the skin while providing your skin with nourishment. Dry oil is fluid and penetrates quickly.  Its application is pleasant and leaves a satin finish that appeals to women.  It has the same benefits as the classic body oil without the disadvantages (not greasy, does not leave marks on clothes …)

This product is quick and easy to use every day. In addition, it is suitable for all skin types! It mostly contains organic vegetable oils that are bursting with benefits.

The oils contained in dry oils are particularly rich in unsaturated fatty acids (omega-6). They each, have specific properties for targeted actions.While vegetable oils have an oily texture, dry oils penetrate quickly because they have more affinity for the skin. A dry oil will therefore be easily absorbed by the epidermis, leaving a slightly satiny effect.To obtain a dry oil, a vegetable texture agent and an emollient agent derived from coconut are added to the vegetable oils, which will make it possible to reduce the fatty aspect of the oils and give a slippery effect.

 

 

For satiny looking skin

On the face or body, alone or mixed with your daily face cream, apply to the skin to moisturize, nourish it, protect it from drying out.Sometimes when you apply it on your face, it may be better to use it at night, mixed with your cream.

On Your entire body

Use it on all dry areas using light massages. It can also be used on exposed parts for a touch of shine.

Enjoy some with your bath Pour a few drops and take full advantage of the moisturizing properties of dry oil. Close your eyes and enjoy its delicate fragrance… relaxation awaits you  

Dry oil is best applied on damp skin

To make your dry oil more easily absorbed, do not hesitate to apply it to lightly moistened skin, right after a shower 

 

Apply to your nails

Do proceed finger by finger and rub for a few minutes while lingering on the cuticles. You will be surprised how much they grow longer and stronger.

Apply to hair

Before shampooing, on dry hair, leave on for an hour , or overnight, for a reinforced hair fiber.

• Before blow drying, apply on the entire length and ends to protect from drying out and to repair damaged ends.•

As a finishing treatment, just after blow drying, to revive shine, provide softness and suppleness to the hair and facilitate styling.

 Always be careful on which dry oil you choose

Oils are sometimes, hydrogenated, esterified or refined. This means they are obtained through chemical processes with harmful environmental impact.Hydrogenation is a chemical reaction. This involves adding a molecule of dihydrogen by catalysis in order to modify the structure of fatty acids contained in vegetable oil. This industrial technique has the consequence of producing an instability of the molecule composing vegetable oil – transformed into saturated fatty acids -, deteriorating it and therefore altering its virtues.

 

Always look organic and non-refined oils.  They have not lost any of their original fatty acids and properties.Look at Morganna’s Majestueuse Dry oilhttps://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/majestueuse-oil/

What is the Scandinavian Happiness Recipe?

The inhabitants of the Scandinavian countries are said to be some of the happiest in the world.  Do you know why? Read more