PEPTIDES FOR SKIN HEALTH

A Novel Ingredient in skin care you need to know about

Pea peptides are long chains of amino acids that form part of the protein in peas. When proteins are broken down into peptides in the body, they play a vital role in general health, acting as “messengers” to tell cells how to function. In skin care products, when the formulation is right and protected against degradation, peptides can play the same role.

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Pea peptide is a complete source of essential amino acids, especially lysine, which is an essential building block of human cells. This unique balance of nutrients gives this nourishing peptide its volumizing, anti-aging, cell regeneration, antioxidant, and skin strengthening properties.

Lysine is an essential amino acid, especially for the health of our skin. The body cannot manufacture it and must obtain it from food.

What is lysine used for and where can I find it?

Besides being a pleasantly easy to pronounce amino acid, lysine has this other advantage: it helps in the synthesis of collagen. This is a protein well known to be part of the composition of many skin care products because it is essential for the health of this organ.

Stress, cold sore: lysine is an ally of choice in the face of these hazards. But not only. Who is she, what is she used for and where is she hiding?

Lysine, a multifunctional amino acid

Lysine is an essential amino acid that is stored in muscles. It promotes bone growth and the production of collagen. It also fights infections by allowing antibodies to multiply. Finally, it participates in the transformation of carbohydrates into energy for the body.

In the pharmaceutical industry, lysine is used as an active ingredient for drugs that fight against cold sores. In this case, lysine takes the place of arginine, an amino acid competitor of lysine, which is essential for the herpes virus to develop.

What foods are rich in lysine?

Lysine cannot be made by the body. It is therefore derived exclusively from food or food supplements. Eggs, meat and fish contain lysine. Soybeans but also dishes made from fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut or miso are rich in it.

safe, non-toxic and non-irritant.

 

The power of peptides

One way to do this is to choose active ingredients that target key skin fibers like collagen and elastin. This is when peptides make their entrance: a powerful anti-aging ingredient proven to work in vitro. Peptides already exist naturally in the body’s wellness hormones like endorphin and oxytocin. They work by clinging to receptor cells and triggering metabolic actions, such as the production of collagen or the absorption and use of fat. The highly effective peptides selected for skin care are pea peptides.

The pea peptide is a derivative of natural source. It strengthens collagen and elastin, while encouraging the skin to continue its production, and stabilizes exchanges between the dermis and epidermis for firmer skin while also aiding in the reduction of dark spots, age spots.

Read more about it here:

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Fragrances in cosmetics, are they new forbidden ingredients?

It seems that lately, you hear over and over again to avoid any type of cosmetics that include fragrance as the are the main cause of contact dermatitis or eczema or even worse.  The issue has many folds and, there is also a lot of good news about fragrances that no one really tells you.

Perfume has a marketing role: smells have incredible effects on our brains. Hyper connected to our emotions, they lead us by the tip of the nose. Observe yourself choosing a cream: one of your first instincts is certainly to smell it. Unconsciously, we link certain fragrances to expected benefits: citrus notes for an energizing treatment, rose for an anti-aging … A real purchasing criterion! Perfumes have invaded our daily lives so much that their absence becomes almost suspect: odorless, a treatment seems less effective. So why the movement to remove them from our cosmetics?

The risks associated with perfume allergens are risks of irritation or allergies only for people sensitive to these substances

Only around 1 to 3% of the population will define themselves as being allergic. Allergens in cosmetics can create irritations or allergies only for people sensitive to these substances, they are not necessarily dangerous for the rest of the population.

What is the biggest problem in fragrances?

The many solvents, that are  very polluting, used to extract, dilute and fix odorous molecules. These include toluene, a toxic derivative of benzene, irritant and capable of causing headaches and nausea. All endocrine disruptors which cross the skin barrier of the dermis and the placenta.  They are Irritating, and, neurotoxic

The most common ones in perfumes: phthalates from petroleum, denatured alcohol (Alcohol Denat.) Obtained by adding glycol esters or even synthetic musk which is found in almost all synthetic fragrances.

 

In Europe, cosmetic products are governed by the European Regulation on cosmetic products (Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009). Unlike the United States and Canada, in addition to the word “fragrance”, European manufacturers have been required, since 2003, to clearly indicate in the list of ingredients the allergens contained in their products.

When their concentration exceeds 0.001% in non-rinsed products (creams, lotions, etc.) and 0.01% in rinsed products (shampoos, makeup removers, masks, etc.).

Here is the list of only 26 of these fragrance substances recognized as allergenic are listed in the Cosmetic Regulations:

 

  • Alpha-Isomethyl ionone (synthetic)
  • Amyl cinnamal (synthetic)
  • Amylcinnamyl alcohol (synthetic)
  • Anise alcohol (natural or synthetic)
  • Benzyl alcohol (natural or synthetic)
  • Benzyl benzoate (natural or synthetic)
  • Benzyl cinnamate (natural or synthetic)
  • Benzyl salicylate (natural or synthetic)
  • Butylphenyl methylpropional (synthetic)
  • Cinnamal (natural or synthetic)
  • Cinnamyl alcohol (natural or synthetic)
  • Citral (natural or synthetic)
  • Citronellol (natural or synthetic)
  • Coumarin (natural or synthetic)
  • Eugenol (natural or synthetic)
  • Farnesol (natural or synthetic)
  • Geraniol (natural or synthetic)
  • Hexyl cinnamal (synthetic)
  • Hydroxycitronnellal (synthetic)
  • Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde (synthetic)
  • Isoeugenol (natural or synthetic)
  • Limonene (natural or synthetic)
  • Linalool (natural or synthetic)
  • Methyl 2-octynoate (synthetic)
  • Evernia prunastri (naturally occurring)
  • Evernia furfuracea (naturally occurring)

Note that due to many cases of allergies observed among consumers, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde, as well as atranol and chloratranol (main components of Evernia) will be banned in all cosmetics from August 23. 2021 (and from August 23, 2019 for new product launches).

Click here to see David Suzuki’s dirty dozen of fragrances  :

https://davidsuzuki.org/queen-of-green/dirty-dozen-parfum-fragrance/

 

 

 

 

What are the labeling obligations for brands?

 

In the INCI list, perfume (made up of several substances) is a special case. The regulations allow the manufacturer not to mention each of its perfuming substances on the product, but only the terms “perfumes” or even “aroma”.

However, brands are required to mention the presence of fragrance allergens listed in the Cosmetic Regulations in the list of ingredients when they cross the following thresholds in the finished product:

 

  • 0.001% for leave-in products (perfumes, creams, oils, etc.)
  • 0.01% for rinse-off products (shampoos, shower gels, etc.)

DID YOU KNOW ABOUT THE COCKTAIL EFFECT OF FRAGRANCES ?

As mentioned above we know the fragrances are present in cosmetics at very small quantities, But cosmetics are far from being the only source. If you truly want to eliminate fragrances you also need to think about perfumes: eau de toilette, detergents, household products, room fragrances and even sometimes toilet paper! Let’s add plastics, food additives, paints, etc… All of the products to which we are exposed on a daily basis.

This  repetition + multiplicity of exposure sources: is known as the cocktail effect. It is even suspected that, as with carcinogens, there is no real threshold effect.

 

Generalization is impossible for fragrances. To give you a simple allergen comparison example. When we look at Organic olive oil for cooking it will be badly rated because it contains too many calories and therefore is bad for your health. However,when we take the amount of use of this product (ie, a teaspoon for cooking, good for health)we have a different result. The same is true for cosmetics. An organic essential oil or not contains allergens, if a drop of essential oil (0.02ml) is diluted in one hundredth, the proportion of allergens becomes homeopathic!

THE GOOD NEWS FOR FRAGRANCES:

There are natural fragrances often made from pure essential oils or modified to remove certain components (risky or allergenic). At Morganna’s Alchemy we use and have incorporated these types of fragrances into some of our products.

  • Also made up of CO2 extracts (very pure and fragrant plant extracts), they contain no trace of water, sugar or protein, which greatly facilitates their conservation!
  • Diluted in ethanol or in an oily carrier of natural origin, such as Caprylis oil, natural fragrances provide fresh, soft and light scents, which are pleasant to incorporate into various recipes. .
  • Our natural cosmetic fragrances are “Ecocertifiable”, that is to say accepted by Ecocert in the formulation of organic cosmetics. The raw materials of natural origin that compose them are therefore obtained by processes accepted by Ecocert including distillation

extraction with accepted solvents (water / glycerin, alcohol, vegetable oils, CO2), roasting, hydrolysis, hydrogenation and oxidation (only under certain conditions accepted by Ecocert and ecological) … The use of biotechnologies (fermentations by microorganisms) is accepted on condition that it does not use genetically modified organisms

astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant with many studies showing its benefit for our skin

What are the best ingredients to combat Hyperpigmentation?

Before we can list the ingredients, we must first understand the causes of hyperpigmentation:

One of the biggest skin conditions is that which results from exposure to the sun.

When the skin receives excess melanin, small dark spots can form. This is what sometimes produces the phenomenon known as hyperpigmentation.

There are many causes for the appearance of dark spots: excessive exposure to the sun, age, hormonal changes, genetic predispositions or even skin trauma.

Depending on the factor behind the spots, hyperpigmentation can appear in different forms:

Melasma: This disorder is linked to hormonal changes and is made worse by exposure to the sun. Melasma results in the appearance of brown sheets distributed symmetrically on the forehead, nose and cheeks.

Hyperpigmentation. This conditions occur as a result of trauma (cut, burn), infection, a skin reaction to a drug, or skin disorders such as eczema or acne. In these cases, the skin can sometimes remain darker on the affected areas.

Lentigos. These are small round or oval brown spots. Lentigos can be related to age or to excessive sun exposure. They testify to an inability of the epidermis to deal with the harmful effects of UV rays. People with fair skin, are more vulnerable to the sun, are most affected by lentigines.

Freckles. They usually occur in people with blond or red hair, eyes, and fair skin. Freckles or ephelids are small brown spots that darken and multiply when exposed to the sun.

 

 

 

It was recently discovered that there are five different mechanisms that work together  causing the various hyperpigmentation issues mentioned above:

1 Basal cell membrane inflammation

  1. Tyrosinase
  2. Keratinocytes
  3. Mastocytes
  4. Inflammation

Here is a list of best current ingredients for Dark spots

 

 

Antioxidants prevent dark spots

When our skin is exposed to UV rays or pollution, it is invaded by free radicals which oxidize our cells and weaken our epidermis, causing the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots in the process. Now, most of the anti-free radicals used in cosmetics come from fruits or vegetables, which also need to protect themselves from UV rays.

Vitamin E or tocopherol: derived from oils and oleaginous plants, it acts in synergy with Vitamin C, beta-carotene and selenium by protecting cell membranes.

Vitamin C:

A powerful antioxidant, vitamin C has the ability to regulate melanin production and stimulate collagen synthesis. It neutralizes free radicals and protects against external aggressions causing photoaging, making it an ally of choice against pigment spots and scars. Vitamin C improves skin texture and awakens dull complexions, and is also a recognized anti-aging active.

Polyphenols: present in plants, especially fruits and vegetables, these micronutrients have very effective antioxidant powers.

An example is Resveratrol: Ultraviolet rays cause oxidative stress and consequently damage the skin. Premature aging results in an alteration of the connective tissues of the dermis, which is particularly rich in collagen. However, resveratrol seems to act both on the protection of collagen, but also on the filtration of ultraviolet rays.

 

Anti-tyrosinase agents

VITAMIN K:

Vitamin K oxide is necessary for the synthesis of prothrombin (factor II) and coagulation factors VII, IX and X. Vitamin K oxide blocks the formation of hemosiderin because it prevents extravasation of blood.

Its topical use is indicated in the prevention and treatment of postoperative hematomas

Niacinamide:

Also called vitamin B3, niacinamide stimulates collagen production and relieves many skin conditions. Anti-inflammatory and anti-aging, it visibly reduces pigment spots and scars.

Wild rose oil:

Rich in natural vitamin A, it is the regenerating vegetable oil par excellence, ideal for combating spots, scars or stretch marks. Also known as rosehip oil, it is an anti-aging oil mature skin loves

Bakuchiol:

Fortunately, this ingredient does not present any contraindication. For optimal effectiveness, combine bakuchiol with the other elements of your beauty routine. You can use it as a cream, mask or serum. Choose the treatment best suited to your daily ritual in order to effectively remove imperfections from your skin. In addition to fighting acne, bakuchiol boosts collagen production and reduces fine lines. Reducing age spots, it makes the skin more elastic and firmer

 

 

 

Exfoliators, effective anti-dark spots

They accelerate cell renewal to drive out browned keratinocytes and allow better penetration of depigmenting active ingredients.

Azelaic acid is an organic acid found in grains, such as barley and rye. It has anti-inflammatory properties and can suppress melanin production in the skin. Azelaic acid is milder than some other acids, and Madan says it’s safe to use during pregnancy, unlike retinoids. This makes it a great option, as many women experience melasma – a type of hyperpigmentation – during pregnancy due to hormonal changes.

How to use: Azelaic acid can be found in prescription creams as well as in prescription gel. There are also lower quality options available in over-the-counter serums and creams. It can be applied daily at a 20% concentration to help with hyperpigmentation

 

Mandelic acid

Mandelic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) used in chemical peels, but it can also be found in over-the-counter cosmetics. A small 2019 study found that a bi-weekly chemical peel of mandelic acid reduced post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation more effectively than other ingredients like glycolic acid or phytic acid.

Tranexamic acid

is an active recently introduced in the cosmetics sector due to its action in the treatment and prevention of hyperpigmentation of the skin.

It acts in inflammatory processes in which the production of melanin, the pigment that gives the skin its color, also participates.

By decreasing the synthesis of melanin, tranexamic acid acts as a depigmenting agent that prevents the formation of new melanin in hyperpigmented areas.

 

 

Sunscreen: What we want is a Zinc Oxide based sunscreen as it will irritate your skin, as chemical sunscreens do.  You can also try using a tinted BB Cream with an spf of 15 or above

 

Please Remember Blue light protection as well:

prickly pear

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

It has 3 times more antioxidant power than Argan oil!

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

  1. Anti-aging:

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

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

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

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

8 steps for fighting mascne

8 Tips For Fighting Mascne

How to protect your skin from damage when you wear a mask.

Wearing a mask for long periods can cause slight discomfort. The repeated rubbing of the mask can cause irritation and redness or even burns from the friction. Breathing within the mask for long periods of time creates excess humidity which can clog the epidermis and cause the appearance of pimples or clogged pores.

Areas of the face that are most affected by mascne:

  • The top of the nose: this is in particular the area that supports the metal bar which is supposed to keep the mask on the nose. Due to its size, the nose is the first element of the face to wear the mask and therefore to suffer the inconvenience.

 

  • Under the eyes: Worn fairly high, the mask can also rub under the eyes, especially at the pockets. These are very fragile areas, where the skin is very thin and therefore likely to be damaged quickly.

 

  • The lips: The friction with the tissue added to the lack of renewed air in the mask promotes dehydration of our upper and lower lips. So take care of it.

 

  • The chin: For those who do not have a beard, rubbing can also be the source of irritation and very annoying small pimples.

 

  • The ears: The elastic bands that hold the mask are disruptive elements that we are not used to wearing. They shoot our ears while rubbing on them. So watch out for irritations and pains which can be very unpleasant.

For those of us who don’t work in a medical facility or lab regularly, constant mask-wearing is still a new part of our routine. Protect those around you and your skin barrier with these tips.

  1. Wear the correct mask size: Wear a mask to your size to avoid friction and tightness. It is probably a matter of common sense, yet I see them every day on the street wearing masks that are too small.
  2. Wear soft and extra-soft fabrics: whenever possible, avoid paper masks. These are the most irritating masks for the face. Choose fabric masks made from cotton, linen, flannel, or poplin.
  3. Apply your moisturizer just before wearing your mask to optimize the benefits of the treatment before contact with this potentially irritating accessory.
  4. To prevent pimples and inflammation, you must dry them out (by applying clay on them, for example) and treat them effectively.
  5. Prevent skin dryness, particularly in the most fragile areas, such as the lips, and those where the mask rubs with lip care and balms.
  6. Limit makeup, especially foundation. This tends to amplify the risk of pimples and redness by further preventing the skin from breathing.
  7. If you have chosen a surgical mask, place a tissue between it and the skin, to minimize aggression and discomfort.
  8. Adapt your skincare regimen. Skin dries up or is it tight? Opt for a milder cleanser and a suitable moisturizer. Conversely, if the skin becomes oily and favorable to the appearance of pimples, it is thoroughly cleaned and put on anti-acne care.

You can apply a serum with a high dose of hyaluronic acid or an aloe vera gel by light pressure on your entire face. These active ingredients have been recognized for many years for their smoothing and plumping properties. During the day, you can also spray a moisturizing mist on your face to restore freshness.

Tips For Having a Relaxing Valentine’s Day… Even In A Pandemic

Dinner and a movie may be off the table, but this Valentine’s Day might be the perfect excuse to have a spa night.

Make sure your bathrobes, champagne flutes, and indulgent snacks are waiting for you. Keyword for this evening: relaxation.

  1. Take a bubble bath for two. Run a hot bath and enhance it with essential oils or a scented bath gel. In fact, try this https://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/majestueuse-oil                                 

  2.  Give each other manicures/pedicures

  3. Give each other massages or even perform full-body treatments! https://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/morgannas-mango-madness/       

  4. Exfoliate your skin, take out your favorite masks, put cucumbers on your eyes, and just enjoy this sweet moment of relaxation. Here’s our favorite mask https://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/morgannas-firming-lifting-radiant/

  5. Light candles to make the room a haven of relaxation. Remember to slip your bathrobes in the dryer to keep them warm when you get out of the bath.  Here’s a good product to use after the bath https://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/luvoil-venus-with-cbd-200-mg/
  6. Declare your love! Take advantage of this February 14th to write a letter to your lover. Include details of your meeting and mention all the events that are part of your common journey. You could also make a video montage with photos and your favorite songs.
  7. There’s no need to miss out on fine dining just because you’re staying home. If you’re skilled in the kitchen, try a new recipe. Otherwise, a few companies offer in-house chef service.  To ensure that your Valentine’s Day meal is sure to be successful, focus on foods that you love that are not going to weigh you down. There’s nothing worse than a too-rich meal that will plunge you into long sleepy digestion! Choose ingredients with stimulating properties: In the salty section, seafood and fish are very popular. Light and rich protein, they will keep you awake until the end of the night. Vegetables like asparagus, artichoke, and celery have energizing properties as well. In addition, do not hesitate to use and abuse spices. If chili and ginger are essential to titillate the senses, know that cinnamon curry, through nutmeg, cloves, or vanilla, all are energizing.
  8. Arrange a chocolate and wine tasting. If you are avid lovers of good wines, organize an in-home tasting. Go buy some good bottles. Ask the clerk for advice on how to discover spectacular wines. Pick up some quality chocolate and perhaps try your luck at a charcuterie platter. 

Eating For Dehydrated Skin

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

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

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

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

Foods to avoid when experiencing dehydration:

  • Pineapple
  • Artichokes
  • Mangos
  • Grapes
  • Asparagus

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Does Needle-Free Anti-Aging Exist?

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

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

How is this possible?

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

How does it work?

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

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

 

How effective is this natural ingredient?

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

 

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

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

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

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

Not sold yet? The folks at Byrdie agree:

https://www.byrdie.com/astaxanthin-for-skin

Proven benefits of Astaxanthin:

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

 

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

 

THE RESULTS ARE IN FOR OUR FORMULA:

 

REFERENCES:

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

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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

 

Hydroquinone is Poison in a Tube

“The biological equivalent of paint stripper” says The British Skin Foundation

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 benzène-1 4-diol (DO NOT EVER PUT IT ON YOUR SKIN)

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DEPIGMENTATION

Skin depigmentation has become a dangerous planetary mode of diacetyl-boldine or kojic acid.

But to make bleaching more powerful, manufacturers are quick to add banned substances without mentioning it.

It is most often hydroquinone, more rarely mercury derivatives.

All these products act by desquamation (the skin peels) or by preventing the synthesis of melanin, this pigment produced by the cells which protects the skin from the rays of the sun.

Depigmenting your skin is not natural. Your color is the result of specific and unique genetic criteria. There is no way to radically transform your criteria without risking your health.

Aggressive or toxic products should never be applied to your skin in order to lighten it. Certain products based on hydroquinone – a chemical used in the textile industry to wash clothes – can be very dangerous. They can cause severe and deep burns, promote the appearance of certain cancers and irreversibly weaken the skin

It can cause contact eczema and irritation with repeated applications.

  1. It also happens that it produces the opposite effect to that sought: dark and permanent spots develop;

It can even cause ochronosis, a black blue discoloration of the skin, which then takes on a rough appearance. And the more the skin turns brown, the more the users looking for whiteness increase the doses. A vicious circle.

 

Prolonged use leads to irreversible degradation of the skin and major health hazards such as:

Reducing the production of melanin, a natural filter, weakens the skin’s resistance to the sun’s rays.

  • Scarring more difficult.
  • A more pronounced appearance of acne, stretch marks and pigmentation spots.
  • Hyper pigmentation in the fingers and toes.
  • Strong hairiness on the chest and beard (hyperpilosity).
  • Mycoses and smells of fresh fish.
  • A considerable increase in blood pressure (hypertension).
  • Skin cancer.

Apply these good tips every day:

  • Moisturize your skin morning and evening with care adapted to your skin type;
  • Clean your skin morning and evening to rid it of its impurities;
  • Exfoliate your skin with a gentle scrub, once or twice a week, to remove dead skin and blemishes;
  • Protect your skin from the sun’s rays by applying care adapted to the amount of sunshine (face cream containing an SPF or sun protection) and by avoiding prolonged exposures.
  • Make a decoction of dandelion root: Boil 30 minutes and let stand for 4 hours
  • Never apply your perfume directly on your skin with photosensitizers. Eau de Cologne, on your scarves

 

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https://www.medicinenet.com/fda_proposes_hydroquinone_ban/views.htm

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/06/15/dangerous-skin-bleaching-has-become-public-health-crisis-corporate-marketing-lies-behind-it/

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A brief history on the origins of Hydroquinone

Synthetic origins

It was in 1936 that Oettel.H observed a lightening of hair in black cats whose drinking water was supplemented with hydroquinone: the depigmenting action of hydroquinone was discovered! This molecule has been used in therapy, since 1961, in acquired hypermelanoses (melasma, senile lentigos). Its effectiveness is proportional to its concentration (it is used at concentrations between 2 and 5%, even With regard to its mechanism of action, hydroquinone is able to decrease the epidermal melanin content by competitive inhibition of tyrosinase. In addition, it induces mitochondrial alterations and degradations of melanosomes in melanocytes.

 

The second generation of depigmenters was that of hydroquinone ethers, the properties of which were discovered by chance. Hydroquinone benzyl ether was used as a rubber vulcanizer and the black workers who handled it systematically showed depigmentation of the forearms in contact with the product. Hence the tests carried out not only with benzyl ether but also with other ethers, in particular monomethyl ether. These ethers, very widely applied, were able to cause temporary depigmentation for concentrations close to 10% and a duration of application of a few weeks. They led to definitive depigmentations with destruction of the melanocytes for concentrations of 20 to 25% and twice-daily applications for approximately two years.

 

This substance is banner in the EU, Australia, Japan, China, UK , Africa and not by chance. They have all deemed it a dangerous molecule.  Please do not apply it to your skin.

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

What is the Definition of Antioxidants?

How do they functions? What are they?

Free radicals

Free radicals are unstable compounds mainly formed of oxygen. They are generated during the normal functioning of the body, but their production can be increased by pollution, cigarette smoke or prolonged exposure to the sun, for example. Their chemical structure causes them to damage other atoms by “oxidizing” them. They are however more or less kept in check by the body’s natural antioxidants. However, certain factors can upset this balance. If free radicals exceed the body’s ability to neutralize them, they can contribute to the development of several diseases, including cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer and other diseases associated with aging.

 

Before understanding the usefulness of antioxidants, we must know the role of free radicals in our body. Free radicals are unstable molecules that our body produces in small quantities through the oxygen we breathe.

 

Free radicals are very reactive. In small quantities, they participate in the fight against viruses and bacteria. In excess, they accelerate the deterioration of cells. Factors like air pollution, tobacco, aging and even sunlight favor their synthesis, this is called “oxidative stress”. As a result, we become vulnerable to many diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, eye disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. The most visible effect of an overproduction of free radicals is the aging of the skin.

 

Antioxidants come into action when the number of free radicals in our body is too high. Their job is to counter, decrease and inhibit the action of free radicals. Thus, the adoption of a diet rich in antioxidants helps to stay healthy and fight against the diseases mentioned above.

The foods richest in antioxidants are:

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  • Red fruits (blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, etc.)
  • Nuts (pecans, hazelnuts, etc.)
  • Citrus fruits (orange, grapefruit, lemon, etc.)
  • Green vegetables (spinach, artichoke, broccoli, etc.)

THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF ANTIOXIDANTS

There are many substances that can act as an antioxidant. The best known antioxidants are:

 

  • Vitamin E

It helps cells to regenerate. It’s a great anti-aging product.

 

  • Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a particularly powerful antioxidant to defend our immune system. It helps fight colds. It is also involved in the formation of collagen (gives elasticity and resistance to the skin).

 

  • Vitamin A

Vitamin A plays a decisive role in vision. It is also essential in bone growth, the conditioning of skin cells and the regulation of the immune system.

 

  • Selenium

Selenium activates the antioxidant enzyme in our body: glutathione peroxidase. Together with vitamin E, it protects cells against premature aging.

 

  • Zinc

Zinc promotes scarring of the skin. It also acts on the endocrine system, respiration, respiration and fitness.

 

  • Polyphenols

Polyphenols are flavonoids capable of protecting our body against cardiovascular disease.

All women whose skin begins to show signs of aging, from 45-50 years of age.

  • People who, from the age of 30, want to take preventive action to limit the impact of free radical attacks on a daily basis.
  • All those who are very exposed to pollution, who work outside, live in the sun, those who smoke …
  • Women aged 50 and over who wish to use a long-acting deep-acting anti-aging product without the risk of irritation
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How To Alleviate Menopause Symptoms

For something that happens to every woman at some stage in their life, and is a completely natural part of the female-cycle, menopause is something that isn’t as openly discussed or understood as it should be. A consequence of this is that many women go through this stage in their lives alone, unwilling to ask their doctors or approach their GPs on the matter, suffering through the symptoms without help. In this article we’ll look at some of the treatments and methods available that can alleviate the effects of menopause – first however, we’ll briefly look at the science behind it, and the possible symptoms that one can expect.

 

 

What Is Menopause?

 

Every woman is born with a set number of eggs, on average approximately two million in their ovaries, with around a thousand dying every month in their teenage years and beyond. This process continues until there are no more eggs in the ovaries – at which point menopause is reached. Officially it takes twelve missed periods for a woman to be in the menopause stage, although it is strongly recommended that any female should go to a doctor if they have not had their period for six months, regardless of age.

 

During her fertile years, a woman’s regular monthly cycle is supported by the release of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. As the body begins to run out of eggs, these hormone levels begin to change causing the physical and mental changes that most women experience. This change in hormone production can affect women before, during and after menopause and as such symptoms can last several years as the body adjusts.

 

Symptoms

 

Every woman’s body is different, and as such each person will go through menopause differently. There are a number of physical and mental changes that a woman’s body undergoes at this time, but here are some of the typical symptoms one might experience.

 

  • Hot flashes: these are sudden sensations of intense warmth and heat in the upper body, which can lead to sweating and red patches on the skin at any time. Night sweats can also sometimes be experienced in addition to or instead of these hot flushes.

 

  • Mood changes: as level of estrogen and progesterone drop, this hormonal imbalance can result in anxiety, mood swings, low mood, stressand panic attacks which can also cause sleeping problems.

 

  • Irregular periods: a primary sign that a woman is entering menopause are less frequent periods, that could also be lighter or heavier.

 

  • Vaginal dryness: this can start as the body approaches menopause together with itching and discomfort. These symptoms can also result in chafing or discomfort during vaginal sex.

 

  • Physical changes: one might experience various physical changes such as weight gain, change in hair volume, texture and colour, breast reduction and more pronounced aging of skin

 

  • Joint pain & muscle pain: many women experience soreness in their lower back as a result of going through menopause, ranging from mild discomfort to chronic pain.

 

 

Treatment and Tips

 

Whilst the number of different symptoms one might experience looks daunting, fortunately there are quite a few options available to treat and manage them:

 

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With the hormone imbalance being the root of most menopausal symptoms, HRT involves using

tablets, skin patches, gels and implants to relieve discomfort, address mood strains, and treat physical changes. HRT provides supplemental estrogen and a synthetic version of progesterone, and can be very effective. However, using it can increase the risk of developing certain health conditions, so always consult a medical professional before heading down this route.

 

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

 

Menopause is a difficult time for many women because it is the ending of a certain chapter in their natural biological cycle and the beginning of a new stage in their lives. This can create feelings of anxiety, stress and panic attacks – however CBT, a type of talking therapy, has been proven to help with resulting low moods and depression. In fact, this treatment even helps with some physical symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats, and aims to teach women how to adjust their mindset during the time of menopause and modify the maladaptive behaviors that contribute to particular problems.

 

Lifestyle Changes

 

A healthy lifestyle is always encouraged, but at menopause more than ever, eating a nutritious, balanced diet, and conducting exercise on a regular basis can improve some menopausal symptoms. Staying fit and strong whilst maintaining a healthy weight are all things that put the body in a better condition to cope with the complex changes it is undergoing.

 

 

Cannabidiol (CBD)

 

Studies have shown that Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD, can help treat the symptoms of menopause. Whilst other herbal remedies have been looked into as possible treatment options, none have been found to be as consistently effective. Not only can Menopause cause some skin conditions, it also disrupts certain chemical receptors within the body, leading to symptoms such as anxiety, back pain, and sleep disorders.

 

CBD can help in several ways. Taken as a topical cream and applied direct to the skin, CBD in creams and oils can help improve skin quality to the affected area. CBD oils and vapors can also restore the performance of disrupted receptors, consequently helping treat some associated conditions too.

Creams, Serums and Lubricants

 

As mentioned above, menopause can bring some noticeable changes to the skin and hair. You might find your skin looking dry, slack and thin, or notice sustained levels of hair loss. In addition to this you might find intimacy with your partner difficult as vaginal dryness is also a common symptom of menopause. These conditions can be effectively managed with the right kind of creams, serums and lubricants.

 

When it comes to skincare, be sure to moisturize with gentler products, avoiding irritable ingredients such as alcohol that could be harmful to sensitive skin. Hyaluronic acid in particular helps the skin stay hydrated.

For hair loss, there are products available which contain DHT blockers (DHT being the chemical that leads to this symptom) that not only restore volume but encourage scalp health also.

 

If you suffer from vaginal dryness that makes intimacy uncomfortable, lubricants are a quick and easy way to treat the condition, offering short-term relief to the pain and bringing enjoyment back to sex again.

 

How to Give Your Self-Care a Stronger Foundation for Better Mental Health

We all live with unique stressors in our lives. Unfortunately, when we don’t properly look after ourselves, those stressors can significantly affect our mental health. To give your self-care a boost, you just need to take a few steps.

 

Reclaim Your Interests

 

If stress and anxiety are dominating your life, it’s easy to let activities you enjoy fall by the wayside. However, that can actually make you feel worse, so try to incorporate a hobby or activity you love into your schedule. Hobbies give us a fun way to break up the week and have the added benefit of lowering stress and lifting self-confidence.

 

To make sure you have time to yourself, Real Simple suggests taking a hard look at your schedule to scale back where you can. Limit what you take on by saying “no” when you’re stretched too thin and rearrange to-dos whenever practical. Pamper yourself once in a while with a spa day or an organic facial — Morganna’s Alchemy has some fantastic tips for caring for your skin. Keep in mind it’s for your self-care program, so make yourself a priority!

 

Take Some Vacation Time

 

Far too often, many of us don’t use all our vacation time, but time off is essential for rest and recharging. Instead of spending a lot of time and energy planning a lengthy trip, you can take a staycation and possibly reap even more benefits than you would traveling. Consider renting a vacation home in the area that best serves your interests, whether it’s by the beach, downtown, or close to your favorite museums and restaurants. You’ll have a much-needed break in your routine, without the undertaking of a bigger trip.

 

Relieve Financial Stress

 

If money issues are the biggest source of stress in your life, it’s time to get them under control. You can start with little changes like doing your own housekeeping, washing your own car, and eating out less. Save by shopping online and purchasing secondhand when you can. Start thinking about some longer-term changes as well. For example, if you’re a homeowner, you could refinance your mortgage. Not only can you lower your monthly mortgage payments, but you may be able to refinance at a lower rate.

 

Maintain Good Dental Care

 

To have the broadest self-care possible, you must support both your physical and emotional health. For instance, it’s important to be aware of the link between depression and poor oral hygiene. Those who have a mental health condition are more likely to take improper care of their teeth. To get your health back on track, it’s best to find a good dentist near you that fits your schedule and lifestyle.

 

See Your Loved Ones

 

The people we love lift us up in many ways, and seeing them regularly is foundational to good health. After all, acts of self-care are more than bubble baths and smoothies; they are actions that truly benefit our lives. When we don’t have the time to see loved ones, we don’t get that boost to our health and sense of self-worth. So, if you haven’t been taking the time to enjoy their company, now is the perfect moment to change that.

 

Tackle the Gut

 

Another key way to look after your emotional well-being is by focusing on gut health. Inside the gut’s microbiome, different strains of good bacteria aid our mind as well as body. With a balanced digestive tract, you can maintain a healthy weight, think more clearly, enjoy a happier outlook on life, and stay energized.

 

A balanced diet is critical to maintaining a healthy microbiome, and in our rushed world, this can be complicated. One way to make it easy is with fresh food delivery services. It’s a convenient way to include healthy meals in your diet, with portion control and variety built-in.

 

Prioritize Rest

 

When you don’t sleep well, even the most routine tasks can become difficult. In fact, you may find yourself constantly tired and drinking caffeine as a means to cope and function. Unfortunately, that is a vicious cycle that could actually contribute to restless nights. However, if you grab a glass of water instead of coffee, Leesa points out you’re keeping your body hydrated, which helps you sleep better and wake up more energized the next day.

 

Not every single day will be a self-care success, and that’s okay. Yet, by putting your best foot forward each day and trying to do at least one good thing just for you, you can drastically improve how you feel. There’s no time like the present to start making positive changes for your mental health.

 

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Written by : BRAD KRAUSE

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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.  Find out more: https://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/radiant-skin/       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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qP4GlOFLpPw       BIBLIOGRAPHY     ASSELINEAU D., BERNHARD B., BAILLY C., DARMON M., “Epidermal morphogenesis and induction of 67 kD keratin polypeptide by culture of human keratinocytes at the liquid-air interface,” Exp. Cell Res., 1985, 159, p. 536-539.   BAUDOUIN C., CHARVERON M., TARROUX R. GALL Y., “Environmental pollutants and skin cancer.” Cell. Biol. Toxicol., 2002, 18, p. 341-348.   CHOI H., SHIN D.W., KIM W., DOH S;J., LEE S.H., NOH M., “Asian dust storm particles induce a broad toxicological transcription program in human epidermal keratinocytes” Toxicol. Lett., 2011, 200, p. 92.99. COLLINS A.R., OSCOZ A.A., BRUNBORG G., GAIVÃO I., GIOVANELLI L., KRUSZEWSKI M., SMITH C.C., STETINA R., “The comet assay: topical issue”, Mutagenesis, 2008, 23, p. 143-151.   COSTA C., CATANIA S., DE PASQUALE R., STANCANELLI R., SCRIBANO G.M., MELCHINI A., “Exposure of human skin to benzo[a]pyrene: role of CYP1A1 and aryl hydrocarbon receptor in oxidative stress generation,” Toxicology, 2010, 271, p. 83-86.   DE CID R., RIVEIRA-MUNOZ E., ZEEUWEN P.L., ROBARGE J., LIAO W., DANNHAUSER E.N.,

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larifan spray

Keep Yourself Protected During Virus Season (COVID19)

It has been known since the early 1960s that double-stranded ribonucleic acids (dsRNA) can be successfully used to fight viral infections and that they act as immunomodulators (activating the body’s defenses).

Larifan products also use this component.

Larifan products act as health products, increasing the body’s resistance to harmful environmental factors, in particular by strengthening protection against viruses, preventing diseases and improving cell regeneration. But how does it work?

HISTORY OF ARNDB It has been known since the early 1960s that double-stranded ribonucleic acids (dsRNA) can be successfully used to fight viral infections and act as immunomodulators. Based on these results, several groups of researchers around the world have started to develop medical products. They had different approaches – some were looking for products found in nature, while others were synthesizing them chemically.

Several formulations have been developed based on research. One of these research groups, under the leadership of Dr Guna Feldmane, started the development of the pharmaceutical product LARIFAN (LARYPHAN) at the Latvian Institute of Microbiology and Virology in Riga. They chose a biotechnological method to produce dsRNA, culminating in the original antiviral pharmaceutical LARIFAN from Escherichia coli. The main advantage of LARIFAN is that it is a natural product and stimulates the synthesis not only of endogenous interferon but also of many other cytokines and chemokines. This means that LARIFAN products are both antiviral and immunomodulatory. Not all dsRNA preparations have this property and most chemically synthesized products do not.

Larifan, as a product of natural origin and stimulating the endogenous production of cytokines, is harmless for the organism and has practically no side effects. Given the ability of LARIFAN to initiate cell synthesis (endogenous) and harmless, the researchers concluded that it might be appropriate to incorporate

Larifan, as a product of natural origin and stimulating the endogenous production of cytokines, is harmless for the organism and has practically no side effects.

Given the ability of LARIFAN to initiate cell synthesis (endogenous) and harmless, the researchers concluded that it may be appropriate to incorporate LARIFAN as an ingredient in various cosmetic or health products, thereby strengthening the body’s natural defenses and preventing viruses from entering the body.

Various forms of LARIFAN products have been developed to ensure that the active substance reaches the target areas of the body as effectively as possible. These so-called non-medicinal products contain a reduced amount of active ingredient.

Available information indicates that LARIFAN brand products are among the few in the world to contain the original dsRNA in cosmetic products.

HISTORY OF LARIFAN PRODUCTS

The original active ingredient, Larifan, was developed by the Latvian Academy of Sciences and is currently manufactured by Larifans Ltd. Larifan is a natural double stranded RNA (dsRNA) derived from E. coli cells infected with a bacteriophage. Larifan (dsRNA) was developed as a new broad spectrum multifunctional drug for viral and oncological diseases. Larifan has several biological effects, such as stimulation of interferon, immunomodulation, antiviral and antitumor activity and antimutagenic properties. However, cosmetics and consumer products containing Larifan contain the active substance in sub-therapeutic amounts, which are not sufficient for healing, but which ensure the mobilization of the body’s natural defenses by providing antiviral protection and immunomodulatory effects. The clinical efficacy of Larifan has been studied in various clinics and institutes in Latvia and in other countries since the 1980s.

Larifan is used in clinics as an immunomodulator with antiviral and antitumor activity. Its therapeutic antiviral activity has been proven in the treatment of herpes (in clinics in Russia, Ukraine, Latvia), papilloma, respiratory infections and other viral infections.

 

 Our recommendation – use Larifan during the virus period to provide additional protection for the body. We particularly recommend using the Larifan spray.

Scientific Research Done on these products:

  1. Г.Я.Фелдмане, А.Э.Дук, А Х.Буйкис, В.П.Ложа, Ю.Б.УмбрашкоИндукторы интерферона, Москва, 1982 г. 70 – 76.

 

  1. Г.Я.Фелдмане, Ю.Б.Умбрашко, А.Х.Буйкис, А.Э.Дук, Л.Э.Полуэктова, Ж.П.Граудиня, В.П.Осе, В.П.Лоа химические и биологические свойства двухспиральной РНК – индуктора интерферонаю Вопросы вирусологии 1984. 4,44

 

  1. Г.Я.Фелдмане, М.Р.Акерс, Р.Ж.Брувере, А.Э.Дук А.Х.Буйкис, Б.К.Кипена, Влияние индуктора интерферона на пролиферативные процессы у людей В сборнике «Неспецифические стимуляторы в ммунотерапии опухолей ». Riga 1985, 205-209

 

  1. Л.А.Камалян, Г.Я.Фелдмане, и др. О и ниологической активности дсРНК у больных раком шейки матки. В сборнике «Неспецифические стимуляторы в мимунотепарпии опухолей», Рига 1985, 199 – 204.

 

  1. Г.Я.Фелдмане, А.Э.Дук, Б.К.Кипена, Б.А.Попена. AOP dermatologique biologique biologique et transplantation d’oncologie больных.Изд. Томского Университета, Томск 1989.стр.88 – 90.

 

  1. Р. Ж. Brewer, G. Я. Фелдмане, Л. С. Глинкина, Р. Р. Гарклава, Б. Л. Кипена, С. В. Валейня. Изучение иммуномодулирующего действия ларифана на здоровых людей и больных раком молочной железыю – Изучение индуктора интерферона – двухспиральной РНК в различных биологических системах. Рига, 19 8 9 с. 152-158.

 

  1. В.Д.Мейкшане, Р.Р.Гарклава, Г.Я.Фелдмане. Эффект применения ларифана для лечения больных папилломой гортани. В сборнике «Изучение индуктора интерферона – двуспиральной РНК в различных биологическтх системах» Ростимах »149 – 151.

 

  1. Р.Ж.Брувере, Г.Я.Фелдмане, Л.С.Глинкина, Р.Р.Гарклава Б.К.Кипена, С.В.Валейня Изучение иммуномодулирующего действия ларифана на здоровых людей и больных раком молочной железы. В сборнике «Изучение индуктора интерферона – двуспиральной РНК в различных биологическтх системах» 158 Riga 1989.

 

  1. Г.Я.Фелдмане, Б.К.Кипена, Б.А.Попена, А.Э.Дук. Clinker dans son ensemble et en premier lieu de l’oncologie. В сборнике «Изучение индуктора интерферона – двуспиральной РНК в различных биологическтх системах» Рогина, 141 – 147.

 

  1. 10. R. Brūvere, G. Feldmane, A. Dūks, J. Zariņa. Une étude de l’action immunomodulatrice d’un médicament ARN double brin Lariphan. Proc Latv. Acad. Sci. 1991, non. 11, p. 120-124.

 

  1. 11. V. Loža, A. Dūks, V. Grabovska, J. Umbraško, G. Feldmane. Modulation des effets antiprolifératifs et antiviraux de l’interféron en utilisant des acides ribonucléiques double brin. Proc Latv. Acad. Sci. 1991, non. 12, p. 74-81
  2. R. Bruvere, G. Feldmane, A. Duks, B. Kipena, J, Zarina. Effets Immunomodulateurs Locaux Du Lariphan Et Leurs Conséquences Cliniques Chez Les Patients Atteints De Pleurite Métastatique. Résumés de l’Assemblée des immunologistes de la Baltique. Riga-Jurmala, 1991, p.13.

 

  1. A. Duks, R. Bruvere, G. Feldmane, B. Kipena, J, Zarina. Les effets biologiques du Lariphan – un immunomodulateur d’origine naturelle. – Biotechnologie médicale, vaccination et sida. Résumés des conférences internationales. Leningrad, 1991, S 2-8

 

  1. G. Feldmane, R. Bruvere, A. Duks, A. Buike. Lariphan – un médicament de PléiotropeAction avec activité immunomodulatrice. – 1er St Congrès immunologique de Lettonie. Résumés. Riga, 1991, p. 15.

 

  1. R.Malickaite. Immunomodulation des immunodéficiences secondaires. Mémoire pour le diplôme de docteur en sciences médicales. Clinique de chirurgie cardiaque de l’Université de Vilnius.

 

  1. G. Feldmane, A. Duks, J, Zarina, R. Bruvere. Effets de l’inducteur d’interféron chez les patients atteints de pleurite métastatique. 8-ème Internat. Congrès d’immunologie, 23-28 août 1992, Budapest, Hongrie. Résumés. 1992, p. 186, W-34/6.

 

  1. Suržiks M., Dūks A., Djatlova N., Glazunovs E., Feldmane G., Timkovskis A. Résistance du Larifan et de ses composés blindés avec des polylysines aux nucléases sériques humaines. Antibiotiques et chimiothérapie, 1993, N.7 (38): 21-25

 

  1. 18. G.Feldmane, A.Duks, R.Bruvere, A.Buike.Résultats de l’application pratique de l’inducteur d’interféron – larifan. Résumés du 2e Congrès mondial des médecins lettons, Riga.

 

  1. R.Brūvere, O.Heisele, Ā.Volrāte et al. Une étude de l’état immunitaire des patients pendant le traitement par Zimozan, Lariphan et Rigvir. – Réunion de la Baltic Immunologic Society, résumés. 1995. p. 11.

 

  1. G. Feldmane, J. Umbraško, Ā. Buiķe, V. Loža. Brevet LR n ° 10653

 

  1. Une méthode pour obtenir de l’acide ribonucléique double hélicoïdal naturel, un inducteur d’interféron et un modulateur. 20 août 1995

 

  1. V. Loža, G. Feldmane Fonctions biomodulatrices des acides ribonucléiques double brin. Acta Medica Baltica 1996. v.3, p. 12-17.

 

  1. V. Loža, M. Pilmane, R. Brūvere, G. Feldmane, Ā. Volrate, V. Ose, F. Sundler. Acides ribonucléiques double brin dans les cellules pendant la différenciation induite. Acta Medica Baltica 1996. v.3, p. 22-30

 

  1. G. Feldmane, Ā. Volrate, I. Logina, G. Lagonovska, J. Bikova, T. Mileiko. Activité antivirale du Lariphan – un ARN double brin: études cliniques. Xe Congrès international de virologie, Jérusalem, Israël, 11-16 août 1996, p. 196, Abstr. PW 32-28.

 

  1. J.Berzinsh, I.Logina, I.Supe, G.Feldmane. Syndromes neurologiques focaux dans l’encéphalite à tiques en Lettonie. 2 eCongrès nordique – balte «Prevention in Focus», Riga, Lettonie 1996, 61.

 

  1. G.Laganovska, G.Feldmane, M.Liepiņa, A.Sproģe. Kératoconjonctivite adénovirale aiguë. Docteur letton 1996, 4.,. 248 – 249.

 

  1. G.Feldmane, A.Volrate, E.Krike, G.Enina, G.Laganovska, I.Logina, A.Zilevica.Utilisation clinique d’un inducteur d’interféron Lariphan. Société européenne de virologie clinique Progrès en virologie clinique, Bologne, Italie, 1997, 203.

 

  1. G. Feldmane, Ā. Volrāte, R. Brūvere, J. Zariņa, Å. Eniņa, I. Logina, E. Kriķe, I. Mileiko. Essai clinique de préparation d’ARN double brin Larifan. – Troisième Congrès mondial des médecins lettons, Riga, 1997 25-28 juin. Thèses. 1997, p. 34

 

  1. M.Godļevska, Ģ.Enina, G.Feldmane, E.Kriķe, Ā.Volrāte, J.Zariņa. Les résultats de l’utilisation de l’inducteur d’interféron – Lariphan dans le traitement des infections virales du système nerveux. 2 eCongrès baltique de neurologie, Riga, 1997, 51.

 

  1. G. Feldmane, R. Brūvere, Ā. Volrate, J. Zarina. L’effet de Lariphan sur les processus exsudatifs chez les patients atteints de pleurésie métastatique.- Première réunion internationale sur les progrès dans le savoir de la gestion du cancer. 28 juin au 1er juillet 1997. Résumés. Vienne, Autriche, 1997, p. 74.

 

  1. G. Feldmane, Ā. Volrāte, R. Brūvere. Lariphan – le produit d’origine naturelle pour la médecine. – Conférence internationale “Substances naturelles pour la santé et la beauté”. Riga, 1997, p. 37.

 

  1. G.Laganovska., K.Baumane, G.Feldmane. Kératoconjonctivite causée par le virus del’ herpès simplex. Letton Medical Journal 1997/12 10.-11.

 

  1. R. Brūvere, G. Feldmane, M. Pilmane, Ā. Volrate, V. Loża. ARN double hélice en communication intercellulaire et intracellulaire. – Troisième Congrès mondial des médecins lettons, Riga, 1997 25-28 juin. Thèses. 1997, p. 21.

 

  1. O. Heisele, A. Ferdats, R. Brūvere, G. Feldmane, R. Petrovska. Altération de l’expression des antigènes associés au mélanome par les immunomodulateurs rigvir et lariphan. – J. Tumor Marker Oncology, 1998, vol 13, no 2, p. 55.

 

  1. Laganovska G., Feldmane G. Gestion de la cératite à virus herpès simplex. Congrès international d’ophtalmologie, Absrtacts, Amsterdam, 1998, p. 12

 

  1. Г.А.Лагановска, И.В.Валькова, Г.Я.Фелдмане. Копросу о лечении герпетического кератита. Офтальмологический Журнал, Одесса, 1999, 2б 102-105.

 

  1. Feldmane G., Chapenko S., Kozireva S., Volrate A., Murovska M. Effet antiviral de l’ARN double brin – Lariphan sur la production de HHV-8 dans la culture de cellules productrices de virus.AbstractBookof XI th International Congress of Virology9 – 13 Août 1999, Sydney Australie p. 309 – 310.

 

  1. Zilevica A., Ancupane I., Erenpreiss J., Miltins A., Feldmane G., Efficiency of a new antiviral drug Lariphan in the treatment of urogenital infections AbstractBookof XI th International Congress of Virology 9 – 13 August1999.Sydney Australia p . 310.

 

  1. Juris Ērenpreiss, Guna Feldmane, Jānis Zaļkalns. Thérapie antibactérienne dans la pratique de l’andrologie. Journal médical letton. 1999. p. 34-37.

 

  1. R. Brūvere, M. Pilmane, G. Feldmane, Ā. Volrate, V. Loża. Cinétique des acides ribonucléiques double brin dérivés de cellules pendant la différenciation. Pathologie cellulaire analytique, 1999, vol. 18, N 1, p. 16.

 

  1. Gertrude Eniņa, Elita Kriķe, Māra Godļevska, Guna Feldmane, Ārija Volrāte Résultats de l’utilisation du larifan inducteur d’interféron dans le traitement des neuroinfections d’étiologie virale. Letton Medical Journal 2000, 7, 14.

 

  1. R.Brūvere, M. Pilmane, G. Feldmane, Ā Volrāte, D. Pjanova, V. Loža. Structures d’ARN double brin intracellulaires stimulées par différents facteurs de stress.Proc. Académie lettone. Sci. Section B, 2000, vol. 54, N 1/2, p. 18-24.

 

  1. G.Feldmane, S.Chapenko, S.Kozireva, V.Volrāte, M.Murovska Effet inhibiteur du Lariphan – un ARN double brin sur la charge virale dans le HHV-8 produisant la culture cellulaireBCBL-1. ZRaksti / LMA, sciences médicales fondamentales, 2001, pp.127-128.

 

  1. D. Pjanova, R. Brūvere, Ā. Volrate, G. Feldmane, N. Gabruseva, V. Loża. L’ARN double brin induit par l’interféron dans les cultures de cellules humaines est en corrélation avec l’apoptose Proc. Académie lettone. Sci. Section B, 2002, vol. 56, N 1/2, p. 24-29.

 

  1. R.Brūvere, G.Feldmane. Rigvir and Larifan – new immunologicals.Medicine, octobre 2005, 14

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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 Your Skin Dry or Dehydrated? Know the Difference

 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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Corona Virus and Asthma: How To Differentiate Them

This is a time when everyone around the world is afraid of contracting the most popular and deadly virus (Corona Virus) in this century. The fear of this virus could be perceived from a close range everywhere you go. People take very strict measures in keeping themselves away from contracting it like social distancing, staying indoors and so on.

The issue at hand now is how would a corona virus patient be identified separately from someone having asthma. I remembered a family friend  from Russia telling me there was a panic in his neighborhood when his wife was seriously vomiting and showing other symptoms that looked like Corona Virus that he said he had to dial the emergency number given by the government in case of an emergency situation. When they came they discovered that those symptoms were as a result of the side effects of the drugs she had used, it was then that everybody calmed down.

The aim of this post is to show you differences between Asthma and Corona Virus since they have effects on the lungs and breathing in general.

To start with, Asthma is a condition in which the airways narrow and swell and produce extra mucus. This can make breathing difficult and trigger coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. It has symptoms like:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Severe chest pains
  • Deep whistling sounds while asleep
  • Tightness of Chest

 

Corona Virus on the other end is a type of virus that attack mostly animals until it started spreading to human beings too by contact with animals. Its symptoms includes:

  • Shortness of Breath
  • Chest Aches and pains
  • Dry Cough
  • Fever
  • Feeling Exhausted or tiredness

 

How To Tell the Differences Between Corona Virus and Asthma

The symptoms of these respiratory diseases are similar, so these table or chart helps you to differentiate between symptoms of Corona Virus and Asthma. Note that people with Asthma have a high risk of contracting Corona Virus according to WHO and CDC. More precautions should be taken by people with Asthma when respiratory diseases like Corona Virus are spreading.

What Should You Do if You Are Still Not Sure You are showing Symptoms Of Corona Virus or Asthma ?

The best ways of tackling such a situation is to do any of the following:

  • Dial your country health care emergency phone number.
  • Put a call through to your Doctor.
  • Avoid Staying near crowded areas till your health care service provider comes in case it’s Asthma.

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

What makes a plant an adaptogen?

To qualify as adaptogens, plants must meet the following three criteria:

  1. To have no toxicity, even in long-term use.
  2. To produce a non-specific response, i.e. a general increase in resistance and adaptation of the body to stress of physical, biological and emotional origin.
  3.  To have a normalizing effect at different levels, whether nervous, immune or endocrine, thus helping to maintain the homeostasis of the body, (too often precarious) balance.

At the moment, there are close to twenty plants can take advantage of the glorious title of adaptogens .The majority of them come from the Chinese pharmacopoeia, such as Astragalus, Codonopsis, Reishi and Schisandra, as well as from the Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia, such as holy basil (also called tulsi), Ashwagandha, Shatavari and the Shilajit. This is because these two systems of medicine have similar concepts and work.

However, more and more discoveries are being made and plants such as Moringa and Mushrooms such as Djondjon (originally from Haiti) can also be qualified as adaptogens.

Djondjon contains many vitamins B’s and protein and calcium that help to relax the body as Reishi Mushrooms.

An in-depth look at Asian skin type and how it is differs from others

 

It has been documented that Asian skin types, start showing the true signs of aging at an average age of 38, this includes, bags under the eyes, wrinkles, sagging neck skin, loss of skin texture around the décolleté and loss of elasticity, along with arrival of expression lines. Even though, the above mentioned signs show up later, one big problem of Asian skin is very heavy localized hyperpigmentation.
This makes us ask the question; is Asian skin so different that it requires specific types of treatments?
The process of aging among Chinese women accelerates very markedly between 40 and 50 years. Due to the fact that their skin is thicker than most the Asian faces for their part, are hollowed out by deeper wrinkles at the nasolabial areas, the forehead and the mouth.

 

Variations are great even among Asian skin

 

From one pole of Asia to the other, there is no ONE type of Asian skin but a multitude, with gradients of color ranging from lighter to darker. Although Asian skin is undoubtedly more “yellow” than any other, they exhibit great variability according to territory and latitude, ranging from a very pale skin tone, like in Korea or Japan, to an ultra-dark appearance, such as Thailand, South China or India.
But whatever their color, all are affected by a serious lack of radiance. This problem is accentuated by advanced age, whatever the ethnic group that is concerned. Indeed, the yellow component intensifies over the years, without there being any variation of the red component, the tarnishing of the face then turning towards the greyish.
Asian women are generally very concerned about their complexion, which is often dull and the skin tone is not very homogeneous. Most of them dream of a clear, clean skin, breathing freshness, “transparent like ice”, an essential passport to absolute beauty.
An obsession with the hyperpigmentation and age spot problem has greatly influenced their culture of taking care of their skin very seriously. In fact, studies show that Asian women save an average of an hour a day dedicated to treating the skin.
They are right because Hundreds of millions of faces in Asia are affected by hyperpigmentation spots. Even in the less sunny regions, Chinese women, for example, have a heterogeneous pigment distribution, correlated with the presence of melanin grains of various sizes, sometimes isolated, sometimes aggregated. The clarity of their complexion is often altered by irregularities of color and brown punctuations. A few hours of sunlight received each day during childhood and adolescence will suffice most to be marked early actinic lentigo, their skin tone evolving rapidly towards a darker tone.
In Asian women, melanin is distributed halfway between the living part of the epidermis and the stratum corneum, lodging in rather large melanosomes.
The areas exposed to the sun, have more surface melanin deposition – observed on the cheeks, of Japanese women. This particular melanin distribution (probably linked to a genetic adaptation) has the advantage of offering a relative screen effect vis-a-vis the sun but in return leads to unsightly spots very early in life and masks the micro capillary network irrigating the skin. This may partially explain the little apparent pink component of these faces.

 

Asian skin also has few sebaceous glands, with a tendency to be very dry in certain areas, which accentuates their dull appearance. They have a delicate epidermis, making it ultra-reactive to the least external aggressions.

 

Last but not least studies have demonstrated (in Chinese women) that Asian skin has a good “self-repair” ability, without residual damage to the cellular DNA. This protective capacity is not only related to the color of the skin, but also to internal and external factors influencing UV response. This makes Asian easier to take care of and repair with less invasive procedures throughout time.

 

We have mentioned all of the different physical aspects of Asian skin, but their cultural beliefs are what contribute the most in the fact that even with all of the aforementioned issues, Asian women will typically have wonderful, radiant looking faces. Their regimen can last up to an hour a day, combined by an average of 7 step routines which even include double cleansing, splash masks, serums, moisturizers and sunscreen.
They do not hesitate to carry an umbrella in the summertime to shield themselves from the harmful rays of the sun. Now that’s dedication.

 

Here is a video tutorial with our very own Emily, demonstrating a three step process to flawless skin: