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What are Expression Lines?

What are Expression Lines?

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

When do we start to get them?

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

Where do they appear?

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

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

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

How to treat Expression Lines:

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

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

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Top 4 Reasons to Go Natural

The great debate: natural or synthetic?

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

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

Your skin absorbs what you put on it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The 5 Golden Rules of Eye Cream

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  1. Choose a suitable eye contour treatment

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

  1. Hydrate from the inside

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

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

 

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How Stress Affects Skin Health

“Beauty is more than skin deep”

  We’ve all heard this age-old adage, but is there truth to this cliche?

Yes!

  Psychological stress can negatively impact the health of your skin. Stress can cause unnecessary inflammatory reactions which reduces your skin’s ability to maintain its barrier.   When the body is stressed, the skin sees an increase of cytokine and keratinocyte production, which triggers inflammatory skin conditions including psoriasis, eczemaalopecia areata, acne, and dermatitis. While inflammation is vital to keeping your body healthy and free from real threats, an overreaction– like work-related stress– can lead to new or worsening skin flare-ups.   In 2001, the Journal of Investigative Dermatology published a study that showed how different forms of stress affected skin function. Their experiment found that while physical stress from exercise didn’t impact barrier function, sleep deprivation and psychological stress resulted in delayed skin recovery, as well as an increase of cortisol and killer cell activity   As the largest organ in the body, the skin is greatly impacted by inflammation. As the primary component of skin, collagen in particular can lose its integrity from stress on the immune system.

In addition to the toll on your immune system, undue stress can lead to a lapse in self-care.

  While stress itself can compromise or degrade your skin, so can skipping out on your healthy habits.   While stress can make us feel sluggish and anxious, it’s important to continue sleeping well, maintaining personal hygiene, and eating healthy foods. Without these positive habits, the immune system can become even more compromised and lead to more health issues.   If you’ve noticed an increase in breakouts, redness, irritation, or other inflammatory conditions, consider how stress may be impacting your health. As always, any concern you have about your health should be discussed with a doctor. In light of the ongoing pandemic, Telehealth options may be useful for counseling or other mental health services.   Some tips for managing stress in your life include:

 

Maintaining A Firm Neck After 30

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

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Here are 7 ways to help keep it gorgeous

  1. Use a clay mask

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

  1. Stimulate blood circulation

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

  1. Try the “Kiss the Sky” method

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

  1. More exercises for firming the neck:

Step 1: Straighten and lift the neckline

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

Step 2: Smooth the neck

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

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

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

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

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

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

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