What is the importance of Collagen in our skin and for our health?

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It makes up about 6% of our total body weight and about 65% of all the fibrous proteins in the body. It is the essential constituent of the dermis.

Collagen is made up of fibers made by fibroblasts and is mainly located in connective tissue. It is also present in bones, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, hair, where it acts as a kind of glue, ensuring the cohesion between cells. It brings resistance and elasticity to the skin.

Note: The Greek origin of the word collagen, “kolla” means glue.

There are different types of collagen, with different properties, depending on where it is located. For example, Type I collagen is found mostly in the dermis, bones and tendons; Type II collagen is concentrated in cartilage and vitreous humor.

The active ingredient used in cosmetics can be of marine origin, derived from algae, animal origin, from fish and crustaceans. It has a structure similar to human collagen and is safe for health. There is also collagen produced from yeast extracts.

Collagen and aging of the skin

With age, our skin tends to become thinner, more fragile, more pronounced and less firm. Over time, we observe that the process of protein renewal in the skin decreases, and among them collagen. This phenomenon may be linked to the genetics of each person but for all too much exposure to the sun, Accelerates the breakdown of collagen. But collagen fibers give our skin a toned, firm and plump look. This is why researchers and formulators wanted to integrate these molecules into anti-aging care in order to fight against skin aging and loss of firmness.

The use of collagen in our anti-aging serums

Effective anti-aging serums contain collagen derived from various sources.

This molecule fails to cross the layers of the epidermis and penetrate the skin.

Its direct application is therefore completely effective for a surface tightening effect; it forms a protective shield, and will help keep moisture brought in by Hyaluronic acid from escaping.

(Enriched with active ingredients that stimulate the natural production of collagen)

It is not sufficient to restart the production of collagen in the skin. On the other hand, the active ingredients in this range can help stimulate the production of collagen by the cells themselves. Their action is then to promote the regeneration of the skin and help it regain a plumped, firmer and younger appearance.

What is the best way to stimulate the production of collagen in the skin?

To best way stimulate the production of collagen by your body,  is to combine the use of  serums preferably ours treatments presenting this component as well as small daily actions.

SEE OUR VIDEO FOR SOME FACIAL EXERCISES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Df3OwSfdsAQ



  1. Facial massages, performed in the morning, can help strengthen your facial muscles and make the skin appear firmer, less tired.
  2. We can get used to doing them when applying our creams.
  3. Always avoid using too much tobacco and alcohol, and eat a balanced diet.





What are the properties of collagen?

Collagen is continually renewed throughout life. But as we age, its production deteriorates. The collagen produced is of poorer quality, it loses in thickness and in resistance leading to a loss of elasticity, tone and firmness of the tissues. It is estimated that from the age of 30, the loss is about 1% per year. To slow down the effects of aging, collagen has made a name for itself in cosmetics.

What are its functions?

  1. Collagen has the ability to attract and hold water in the tissues, thus fighting against dehydration.
  2. It also acts on the surface where it has the power to form a film on the surface of the epidermis protecting the skin against insensible loss of water and against external aggressions.

What use in cosmetics?

Due to its direct implication in the aging of the skin, collagen has become an active ingredient of first choice in the fight against aging. The cosmetics industry has incorporated it into a large number of treatments in order to improve the quality of the skin and preserve its youth. It is used in skin care products to stimulate the natural synthesis of collagen in order to improve the firmness, tone and elasticity of the skin, all of these determining markers in young or mature skin.

For maximum effectiveness, we also use hydrolyzed collagen in which the molecules have been broken down into smaller particles. Remember to also use it in combination with Vitamin C, also known to stimulate collagen production by activating cell renewal, they will in the process protect the skin from free radicals, responsible for aging.

In which products can we find collagen?

Serums, creams, masks, collagen is essential in anti-aging care. It is absolutely wonderful in the formulation of care for dry and mature skin, face and body care, and also in hair care.

PS: collagen is a dense protein, a large molecule that cannot pass through the stratum corneum. It remains on the surface of the epidermis where it has an immediate tightening effect, helps maintain the structural integrity of tissues and limits water loss, thus fighting against skin dryness and helping to maintain good skin quality.

Injections are also very popular: In order for collagen to pass the epidermal barrier it must be split into very small molecules or be injected under the skin using a small needle. So it can have a more in-depth action and restart the natural production of the protein.

What are the benefits of collagen?

The benefits of collagen on the quality of the skin are well established. Its activity on fibroblasts improves skin flexibility. The skin is more resistant to stretching and marks less wrinkles and fine lines, it is smoother and looks younger. Its surface film-forming action also brings a small tightening effect and softness to the skin

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What is the importance of a hydrating serum?

As its name suggests, the hydrating serum … hydrates! It is a treatment that is applied directly to the skin, in order to deeply impregnate and revitalize it. Intended for both men and women, it comes in the form of a relatively liquid fluid, sometimes in the form of a gel.

Restore a new radiance to your face by massaging it every morning with a serum that will deeply hydrate it. Even if you don’t yet have wrinkles, it is important to take care of your skin.

Specific formulas for the first signs of aging delay the onset of fine lines, which can start to form as early as the age of 25.

In addition, the serums also fight the effects of pollution, lack of hydration, fatigue and stress on the skin.

Serums are suitable for different areas of the face, forehead, chin, eye area, cheeks … but also the neck and décolleté.



  1. Increase the effectiveness of your hydrating serum

Adopt a healthier lifestyle by avoiding anything that tends to dry out your skin. Wind, long exposure to the sun or air conditioning, showers that are too hot, alcohol and tobacco, are all factors that could reduce the effectiveness of your hydrating serum.  Always try avoiding washing your face too often and too vigorously, at the risk of destroying the hydro-lipid film that should cover and protect it.

You should also eat fatty foods, such as salmon, or mackerel, to help keep your skin supple. Also remember to drink at least 1.5 liters of water per day!

  1. When to use a hydrating serum?
  2. Moisturizing serums should always be applied to clean, bare skin, after your evening make-up removal or before morning beauty treatment.
  3. It only takes a few drops of this relatively liquid treatment.
  4. Apply with fingers, cotton pads are far too absorbent. Take a few drops in the palm of your hand. Insist on the most delicate areas: the cheeks, the T zone, the chin, the forehead, the eye area …

Be careful, the serum does not replace a day cream. Wait a few minutes before applying the day or night cream to give the serum time to penetrate well and moisturize the skin. Its active components will prepare the epidermis for the application of the day or night cream. The two products are complementary: we can consider the serum as a basic treatment, to be performed before any other action on the face! It is important to put it on at night too, since this is the time when your skin will regenerate most effectively.

  1. Some tips for spreading your moisturizing serum

Massage your face with your fingertips, making small circles. Not only will the serum penetrate better, it will activate your circulation.

Once you have collected a few drops of serum in the palm of your hand, wait a few moments to heat the liquid for greater comfort of application.

Is Your Phone Screen Aging You?

So you’ve lathered on your sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays outside, but what about the dangerous light inside?

SPF and sun protection have become hot topics in the world of consumer skincare, but there is an even more dangerous culprit undermining your skin health that’s closer than you think: blue light.

Blue light, which comes from LEDs, computer monitors, TV and phone screens penetrates the skin at a deeper level than UVA and UVB rays.

High energy visible light reaches further into the skin’s dermis and causes 50% of the free radical damage that comes from light exposure. This means that blue light can cause more damage than UVA and UVB combined.

The average American spends 9 hours of their day on a computer.

If you’re diligent with your skincare routine and still aren’t seeing results, your phone and computer may be to blame.

Free radical damage and oxidative stress can weaken the elastin and collagen in your skin, causing premature photo-aging. High energy visible light affects 40 separate skin-specific genes and could be weakening your skin’s DNA without you even noticing. Premature photo-aging is different from natural bio-aging and often looks like discoloration, deep wrinkles, and rough texture.

While the melanin we’re born with helps protect us from UV light, our skin is not equipped to withstand the dangers of modern technology.

So, how do we mitigate the harmful effects of Blue Light? Fractionated Melanin.

Derived from non-GMO corn, Fractionated Melanin is effective in absorbing 62.72% of blue light.

Naturally derived, this novel ingredient is non-sensitizing, non-irritating, and sits on the surface of the skin to act as a barrier. Most importantly, Fractionated Melanin does not interfere with UV protection or beneficial red light absorption.

Always at the forefront of innovative skincare, Morganna’s Alchemy has incorporated this game-changing ingredient in our Express Spot Remover formula. 

When it comes to anti-aging skincare, prevention is key. Protect your skin both indoors and outside with Fractionated Melanin.


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?



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:









How Brown and Black Skin Can Become Dehydrated and Acne-Prone

Skin that is richer in melanin is in fact the best armed in regions with intense UV radiation: tropical or equatorial zones such as the West Indies, Africa, South-East Asia. Dark skin can protect up to 5 times better from UV rays than fair skin! It also contains fewer sebaceous glands. The two big advantages […]

Why Should We Use a Specific Treatment for the Eye Area?

The area around the eye is very fragile.

  1. It is 3 to 5 times thinner than the rest of the face, and not very resistant.
  2. It can be extremely stressed – We blink around with our eyes around 10,000 times every day!
  3. It is very poor in sebaceous glands, therefore, poorly protected against dehydration.
  4. It has many blood vessels, venous and lymphatic circulation that can sometimes become a little lazy.
  5. The result is the accumulation of pigments and toxins which appear transparently through a very thin epidermis. These are dark circles, which can be accompanied by swelling and puffiness.


Why is the face cream not enough?

To respond to the peculiarities of the eye contour area, the skin care cream must also have specific properties:

  1. Be featherweight and non-greasy texture so as not to weigh,
  2. A “non-migrating” formulation to prevent progression in direction of the eye by capillarity,
  3. The absence of strong active ingredients such as vitamin C or fruit acids for example … and of course a good ophthalmic tolerance.
  4. If you look closely at the instructions for your facials, toners or masks, you often see the words: “avoid the eye area” you now have the explanation.

Conversely, the eye contour cream must be particularly moisturizing, astringent to tighten the tissues, it must help to absorb edema, drain and boost circulation.  Vitamin B5 is extremely well known for this.

After a certain age, we loose almost 50% of collagen and hyaluronic acid, we would recomment to start taking a good amount of supplements as well.  There are many good Hyaluronic acid and collagen supplements that will do an amazing job.  THis is the one I use



So how do you pick out an eye cream or gel?

  1. If you have fine fine lines  that are appearing under the lower eyelid, at the corner of the eye? Priorityze hydration and cellular strengthening: https://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/blackgold-djondjon-eye-gel-dark-circles-and-puffyness/  for their lifting, softening and preserving effects of skin elasticity.
  2. If you have dark circles, bags tire the eyes? Priority to drainage, stimulation of microcirculation. https://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/mesmer-eyes/ It calms and soothes dark circles, gives a fresher and rested look.

Should You Pick an Oil, Serum, Gel, Cream or Milk for Your Skin?

Each skin type has different needs. It is therefore essential to choose the right product!

  • For normal skin:

It is necessary to try to distinguish dehydrated skin from dry skin. If she’s dehydrated, it’s best to avoid gel textures as they usually contain alcohol, which can irritate the skin.

Milk is ideal for normal skin.

  • For dry or sensitive skin:

Use a product with a lipid base. This type of treatment contains fatty molecules that help retain water and nourish the skin.

The cream is ideal for this type of skin.

  • For oily skin:

Prefer a treatment with an aqueous base (water-based). In fact, in this case, it is a matter of hydrating the skin while avoiding making it even more oily.


The gel-cream has been specially designed for oily skin.

  • For combination skin:

Combine a water-based moisturizer in the morning with a lipid-based (not too rich) moisturizer in the evening.


The milk can therefore be applied in the morning and the cream (not too rich) in the evening.

What type of lotion to choose?

The type of product depends not only on the type of skin but also on individual preferences.

  • Cream :

The cream is often oilier and more nourishing and thicker, so it is particularly suitable for combination or dry and sensitive skin. It acts, however, mainly on the surface. https://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/morgannas-magic/


  • Milk :

Milk is just as nourishing as cream, but it is sometimes less fatty and is therefore suitable for all skin types. Its texture is also smoother and lighter than cream.


  • Gel or gel-cream:

Ideal for oily skin, its aqueous texture allows the skin to be deeply hydrated without leaving a greasy film. https://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/defy-age/

  • The serum:

The serum is mainly used under another lotion. Because it penetrates very deeply and thus helps hydrate the deepest layers of the skin, which is essential to fight against the aging process.


  • The oil:

The oil is, of course, fatter, more penetrating and more nourishing, although there are dry oils that do not form a greasy film to the touch. It acts more in depth than cream.


What a Skincare Routine Should Look Like For Brown and Black Skin

Well-groomed black skin is soft like silk, smooth like velvet. Its beauty is in your hands. Learn to respect her and she will give it back to you!


Black skin has a slightly acidic pH, around 5.7. The cleanser should make it possible to eliminate excess sebum, traces of pollution and possible makeup, to free the pores, to purify without stripping. The skin must return to its normal pH, synonymous with good functioning.

  1. Specific purifying anti-blemish formulas incorporate a gentle washing agent (SLS and other sulfates are reserved for our dishwashing liquid ) https://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/prickly-pear-infused-deep-cleansing-oil/
  2. One or more natural antiseptic active ingredients (Tea Tree, Rosemary, Grapefruit, Bisabolol, salicylic acid)
  3. Regulators of sebaceous secretion (Zinc …), softeners, anti-inflammatories and natural moisturizers (Cucumber, Blueberry, Mango butter, Shea, Honey …)  https://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/morgannas-mango-butter/
  4. Recognized in Japan since time immemorial, the natural Konjac sponge effectively combines its fibers which gently scrub with the purifying action of activated charcoal, all at neutral pH to respect the delicate balance of skin with imperfection. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07Z2C932P/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  5. Floral waters will bring skin back to its Ph quickly. Use them right after the shower to neutralize your skin Ph
  6. Enzymatic peels are the better choice for exfoliation
  7. plant active ingredients, such as papaya or sugar cane, perform a daily biological micro-scrub thanks to their enzymes. Other cleansers use vegetable microbeads (bamboo extracts ) or salicylic acid, extracted from Willow, keratotic and purifying. The goal is to refine the epidermis delicately and help to regulate the production of sebum without any abrasive effect   

b. Water constitutes 70% of our body, which is to say its important! So, no healthy skin without good hydration, and this is especially true for acne-prone skin, which is very often oily but dehydrated. Your skin is like a wall, the bricks of which are the cells and the mortar made up of ceramides and triglycerides.


  1. Moisturizers allows skin to regain its role as a protective barrier by preventing water from the skin from evaporating, but by allowing external water and certain elements to penetrate. So, in the morning as in the evening, it’s never without my cream.
  2. Vegetable oils and butters (Mango butter, Paracress flower oil, Nigell oil, Sweet Almond, Jojoba, Desert Date, Hazelnut, Shea butter) reinforce the natural protective film to prevent water loss and provide vitamins and minerals to improve skin function.
  3. Hydrators: Hyaluronic acid, lactic acid
  4. And don’t forget to drink enough ..1 and a half liters a day.




Brown and Black skin is best suited to defend itself against the sun but this natural protection is compromised because we are displaced. Brown, black and Asian skins are more resistant to the onslaught of the sun, however they also have their own fragilities and sun protection should be added to the routine.

1.The sun causes darkening of recent scars and spots. It worsens acne, which itself causes spots.

2. This is even truer on skin sensitized by a unifying anti-dark spot or pimple treatment, the treated areas are then particularly sensitive to the action of the sun’s rays.

  1. Choose a day cream with a minimum sun protection index of 15 (IPF = Sun Protection Factor – SPF = Sun Protection Factor) to use daily. It is a real weapon against the darkening of the skin and the appearance of spots.
  2. Do not forget our favorite, the BB Cream Unifying complexion, it moisturizes sublime, smooths and protects from the first rays of the sun in a single gesture.

How Your Skin pH is Related to Your Health

What exactly is skin pH?

It’s short for ‘potential hydrogen’ and it refers to the acidity level of the skin. A pH of 7, which is the acidity level of pure water, is considered neutral. Anything below that value is acidic and alkaline above it. The optimal pH value of human skin – on most of our face as well as our body – lies somewhere between 4.7 and 5.75. This means that skin’s natural pH is mildly acidic.

It should come as no surprise, that changes in skin pH can be a contributing factor to all kinds of skin diseases and disorders, like eczema, acne, and dermatitis, to name just a few. With all this in mind, it becomes clear that the effects of exogenous factors have greatly increased in recent years due to pollution, as well as the behaviors and habits that tend to make skin disorders an increasing problem, especially for those with sensitive skin

When talking about the pH of the skin, we must differentiate between the pH of men and that of women, because it is different. In men, the pH is slightly more acidic (4.8) than that of women.

In addition, depending on the area of ​​the body, the pH is also different. For example, in the armpit area, the pH is more acidic than between the fingers. The pH of the skin is produced by a layer between the epidermis and the dermis called the hypodermis. The function of the hypodermis is to lubricate the skin and protect it. The increase in the pH of the hypodermis, making it more alkaline, occurs with dermatitis or inflammation of the skin. This happens, for example, when we wash our hands with the wrong soap, which promotes the growth of bacteria and the weakening of the skin’s protective barrier.

 Different pH levels for different parts of the body .

Your pH levels are not the same all over the body. The reason is very simple. Not all cells, enzymes and tissues work at the same pH.

They have different functions and need a specific pH range to fulfill them. Let’s see some examples.

Your skin maintains a pH of around 5.5. It hits a slightly acidic side, which helps the skin to fight off germs in the environment. Saliva, on the other hand, has a pH of around 6.5-7.4. This slightly neutral pH is important for the proper functioning of the salivary enzymes. The digestive tract has the most interesting and varied pH readings – ranging from 1.5 to 7.0. In the stomach, you need mildly acidic conditions for a digestive enzyme like pepsin, which is needed for protein digestion, to function properly. Pepsin breaks down proteins into smaller peptides and requires a low pH to function. Things change when food moves from the stomach to the small intestine where the pH rises. Again, this is because the enzymes that work in the small intestine need an alkaline environment to be active and function properly.

How to maintain a balanced pH

To maintain a balanced pH, we must pay attention to three main factors: our diet, our environment and our skin care ritual.

What we eat plays an important role in our health, both internally and externally. A study by the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology suggests that skin health is intimately linked to diet. Eating fresh, natural, and unprocessed foods provides more vitamins and nutrients, thus providing our skin with the ingredients it needs to stay healthy. In particular, favor leafy green vegetables, which are rich in nutrients and help maintain healthy skin.

What’s My Skin Type? Why Is It Important?

In order to make the right decisions in your skincare it is important to know your skin type. Here is how.

  1. In the morning when you wake up, wash face with my usual cleanser, with your fingertips, without rubbing.
  2. Rinse with lukewarm water, neither too hot nor too cold, dry by dabbing without rubbing
  3. Don’t use any moisturizer or cream.
  4. After an hour, apply a paper towel all over your face.


1.Clear, oily marks appear across the entire towel. My pores are dilated especially in the middle area (nose, forehead, and chin).

You get pimples occasionally, when you’re tired or around your period. – My skin doesn’t pull. Your skin is oily.

My pores are enlarged all over my face. I get pimples on a regular basis. – My skin is oily; acne-prone


2 You feel discomfort and your skin tightens. Your skin is oily and dehydrated. Sharp oily marks appear only on the middle area (forehead, nose, chin). pores are hardly visible on the cheeks, more visible on the middle area. –  skin is mixed

  1. Slight greasy marks appear on the entire towel. pores are tight, barely visible all over face. skin is normal .There are no greasy marks.
  2. feel discomfort, skin tightens. My pores are tight, barely visible all over my face. – My skin is dry.

If the irritation, pimples, friction produce dark spots. –  skin tends to be hyperpigmented.


How To Choose Your SPF According To Your Phototype

  • – Phototype 0: skin that burns very easily and should never be exposed (albino, population without melanocytes). SPF 70, protective clothing and sunglasses
  • – Phototype 1: very fair, white skin, blond or red hair, blue or green eyes and freckles appearing quickly on exposure, easily burns in the sun and never tans. Blue or green eyes: Please make sure to wear sunglasses as the UV goes through your eyes also.
  • >> Very high protection required: SPF 50 + sunglasses
  • – Phototype 2: very fair skin which can become tanned, blond or light brown hair, freckles which appear in the sun, burns easily and tans slightly. Blue or green eyes:

>> Very high protection required: SPF 30 (thick coat)+ sunglasses

  • – Phototype 3: medium skin, blond or brown hair, little or no freckle, burns moderately and tans little by little with brown eyes
  • >> high protection or high protection SPF 30
  • – Phototype 4: dark skin, chestnut or brown hair, no freckles, hardly burns and always tans well. (Eva Longoria type) or Asian skin
  • >> Medium or high protection : SPF 30+ Hat


Dark skin: minimum SPF 15 sun protection Admittedly, the high level of melanin in black and mixed-race skin gives you better protection against UV rays,(BUilt in sunscreen) but this does not completely spare you from the harmful effects of the sun. 

  • – Phototype 5: dark brown skin, naturally pigmented, black hair and eyes: rarely burns and tans a lot.
  • >> Medium or high protection : SPF 30+ Hat


  • – Phototype 6: black skin, black hair and eyes, not burning
  • >> Low protection or medium protection: SPF 15+ Hat


The Exception to the rule for phototype 6

The majority of pigment spots on black and mixed skin are due to an inflammatory phenomenon. Acne, eczema, injuries, hormonal imbalances … will cause inflammation of the skin leading to stimulation of melanin synthesis, which will give more or less dark spots on the skin. We can correct all these spots – or almost – by a thorough treatment that fights against the problem, case by case, at the origin of these spots.

Tip: pair with local anti-dark spot cosmetic treatments to restore uniform color to the skin. In the sun, sun protection is accentuated with an index of 50, no less

Origins of the Prickly Pear and Why It Is Such a Powerful Pro-Aging Ingredient

It has 3 times more antioxidant power than Argan oil!

The prickly pear is an oval fruit containing multiple seeds.


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

Prickly pear oil is mainly demanded and 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 which neutralize the action of free radicals resulting in 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


Origins and Uses of Hyaluronic Acid, a Molecule For All Skin Types

Hyaluronic acid is a substance produced naturally by our body. It was discovered in 1934 by scientists from the Department of Ophthalmology at Columbia University in New York, John Palmer and Karl Meyer. This molecule owes its name to the Greek word hyalos which means “glassy” and to its high concentration of uronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is present in our body, mainly in the skin cells (dermis and epidermis), but also in cartilage, ligaments, joints, cornea, etc.

 Hyaluronic acid has many benefits:

  • Skin hydration: as a powerful hydrating agent, hyaluronic acid helps reduce water loss;
  • Reduction in the appearance of wrinkles: within a few weeks, the depth of your wrinkles decreases;
  • Treatment of imperfections such as wounds or sunburns: hyaluronic acid is also beneficial for treating lesions, burns or sores in the mouth, thanks to its hydration power;
  • Accelerated healing: by stimulating the activity of cells responsible for the production of cartilage and tissues, hyaluronic acid accelerates the healing of wounds;
  • Joint lubrication: hyaluronic acid is also known to help reduce joint pain, especially osteoarthritis;
  • Reduction of eye discomfort: Hyaluronic acid is the main component of vitreous humor, so its use may be useful in eye surgeries such as cataracts or corneal transplants.

Our hyaluronic acid is derived from biotech and does NOT come from animal origin. It is obtained by fermentation of wheat peptone, yeast extract and glucose. Glucose and peptone in wheat are of plant origin, yeast extract comes from fermentation. Genetically modified organisms and raw materials are NOT used in the production process.  Yes, it has been obtained by grinding  cockscomb, eyes of cows, and shark fin


There are different sizes of hyaluronic acid: high molecular weight and low molecular weight.


The high molecular weight hydrates on the surface forming a protective film. How is it useful? It keeps the skin hydrated for longer.


The low molecular weight stimulates the skin which, thanks to it, is more firm and elastic. It is also responsible for the production of hyaluronic acid naturally found in the skin.



Hyaluronic acid is a natural component of the skin, part of the family of Natural Hydration Factors. It is found in the epidermis and dermis in greater proportion.



The different formats of hyaluronic acid It can be used in an anti-aging treatment in several ways:

  • injection to fill wrinkles
  • cream enriched with hyaluronic acid
  • hyaluronic acid capsules

The use is not the same and the results neither. Thus, injections remain the fastest and most visible solution, but they need to be repeated regularly, as it gradually breaks down in the body.

Creams (and therefore powder) are the least effective, because they only work on the hydration of the upper layer of the epidermis.

Capsules seem to be the best alternative, but you should be aware that there is debate among researchers that not all agree on their effects.

Apart from the body’s natural production of hyaluronic acid, the only way to get it for a long time was by extracting it from the ridge of roosters. This by making it, an expensive product, which was not suitable for everyone for ethical reasons.  Today, the term “natural” is overused. Indeed, we imply that this is a version that is not of animal origin and therefore comes from plants.

In aesthetic medicine, hyaluronic acid of different molecular weights is used by injection depending on the areas to which you want to restore volume. Thus we use high molecular weight hyaluronic acid, very viscous in the cheeks and low molecular weight hyaluronic acid, fluid, in fine wrinkles under the eyes for example.

HOW POLLUTION ATTACKS THE SKIN: Anti-Pollution Skincare Can Help

There are many sources of pollution.

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



  1. Environmental stress & daily aggressions

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


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



What are anti-pollution cosmetics?

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



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

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

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

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

Skin barrier becomes imbalanced and reacts with patches of eczema.

Skin shines on the surface but suffers from dehydration


Here is How to counteract pollution attack on your skin

  1. An anti-dull complexion cleansing

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

  1. In dept cleansing with mask

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

TOP 10 Mistakes To Avoid When You Have Oily and Acne Prone Skin

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

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

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

Male hormones favor the production of sebum

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


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


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



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

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

What is the Supercritical CO2 Process of Plant Actives?

Why Do we pick actives based on supercritical CO2?

Here are the primary reasons.


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

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

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

– Inexpensive, it makes the technique attractive and viable.

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

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


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

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



  1. A) No chemical used


1) Odor very close to natural odor


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


2) No CMR (Carcinogenic, mutagenic, reprotoxic)


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


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


6 Tips to Avoid a Double Chin and Firm Your Neck

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

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

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



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


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


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



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


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



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


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

Hydroquinone is Poison in a Tube

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


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



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







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.

How to Prevent Dry and Cracked Hands

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

Here are a few:

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

How to care for your dry and cracked hands with soap

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

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

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

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

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

– Water (solvent)

– Glycerin (humectant / moisturizer)

Flower hydrosol (scent)

Vegetable oil (nourishing)

Preservative (keep the product)

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


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

  • Practice weekly hand bath oil


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

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

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

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

Recipe number 2

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


8 Tips to Protect Your Face When Wearing a Mask

How to protect your skin from damage if 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 causes, the humidity increases, which can clog the epidermis and cause the appearance of these famous dreaded pimples.

Don’t worry: we got used to it. Here are the most sensitive spots on the face


The most sensitive areas of the face when wearing a mask

  • The top of the nose: this is in particular the area which supports the iron rod 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.


Tips for taking care of your face when wearing a mask every day

Wearing a mask on a daily basis is not trivial. On the contrary, it is all new to the vast majority of us. It is therefore important to know how to protect and take care of your face when you wear one every day.


8 tips to protect your face when wearing a mask

  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 and therefore extra soft cotton. Read: Face protection mask: how to choose?
  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 from degenerating, 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 make up 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 skin care regimen. Skin dries up or is it tight? We 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)

PS: Here is honey mask to protect irritated skin

To protect, nourish and revitalize dry or irritated skin, this classic is yours:

Mix a teaspoon of Spelt flour, 1 teaspoon of honey and an egg yolk. When the dough is homogeneous, spread it over the face

Keep this mask for about twenty minutes. Then rinse with cold water and finish by applying floral water

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:


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


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
  • https://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/express-concentrated-brightening-serum/

Have You Heard About Vegetable Botox ?

Why the Paracress flower bud is my favorite?

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

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

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


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

How is Spilanthol so powerful?

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

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

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


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

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

  1. Culinary preparations

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

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

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

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

You can even put it in your butter:


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


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

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





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

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

  1. In skincare cosmetics!

We saved the best for last

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

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

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

Our Face and body contours lose their definition and, we

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


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

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

We also did Clinicals


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


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

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


How To 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.




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:




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 Keep Your Skin Looking its Best During Confinement

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

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

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


Exposure to the sun poses risks:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


Wear a T-shirt, glasses and hat

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

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

APPLY sunscreen regularly

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

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



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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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



Hand Sanitizers: 7 Commonly Asked Questions

The eruption of COVID-19 in our daily lives, has forced many companies to start producing hand sanitizer.  We have been no exception to the rule.  We find ourselves having to adapt, adopt to the new normal.  In this blog, we tell you straight up exactly what we know about hand sanitizers; you can come up with your own conclusion, but the are necessary in our daily lives for the moment.

Exactly how do hand sanitizers work?

They are hydroalcoholic gels that have bactericidal, virucidal and fungicidal properties (killing bacteria, viruses and other fungi) without having any cleaning effect. In other words, the bacteria die, preventing them from spreading to other people, but they stay on your hands. Hydroalcoholic solutions therefore do not replace hand washing. Moreover, these must be clean and dry before using this gel, as specified by the WHO.

What is less known is the long-term effects of these gels? You should know that the bacteria contained on our palms are not all bad and, some of them allow us to fight the others, worse, in particular the strains more resistant to antibiotics. The act of sanitizing everything while wanting to protect ourselves, we also lose our best immune defense.




Answer: false. Many people mistakenly believe that using a disinfectant gel reduces the importance of washing hands with soap and water. Nothing is more wrong! Gels are not cleaners; they do not allow to get rid of dirt, apparent or not. Only effective hand washing ensures thorough cleaning. We should see the use of a disinfectant gel as a supplement to hand washing, which is part of a global approach to hygiene and infection prevention. That said, sometimes, in the absence of water and soap, the use of disinfectant gels can be beneficial.


Answer: false. The effectiveness of disinfectant gels may differ depending on the product. However, it is fair to say that many can kill more than 99% of the microbes that can cause common respiratory infections, such as colds and flu. The use of antiseptic gels prevents hand contamination, but does not inevitably prevent viral or bacterial infections occurring in other ways.


Answer: true and false. To exercise their disinfecting action, disinfectant gels must be composed of water and alcohol (ethyl or isopropyl), at a certain concentration (between 60 and 80%). At lower or higher concentrations, the antiseptic activity is reduced. Read the manufacturer’s label carefully for the alcohol content of the product.


Answer: false. As mentioned earlier, the active ingredient in disinfectant gels is alcohol. This has the advantage of acting and evaporating quickly. Once evaporated, it leaves no residue. No scientific data available to date suggests that the use of alcohol-based gels is likely to make certain germs resistant to their action.


Answer: true and false. Because of the alcohol they contain, disinfectant gels dry the skin. This is why manufacturers sometimes incorporate an emollient or moisturizer into these products. In addition, certain added ingredients, perfumes for example, can irritate the skin. It should be noted that repeated hand washing with soap and water can also be drying or irritating. These effects depend of course, in part, on the soap used.


Answer: true. Numerous cases of poisoning related to the use of disinfectant gels are reported every year.  Sometimes these cases occur as a result of accidental ingestion, especially in babies and young children. This is partly explained by the ease of access to these products and their sometimes attractive odor. Ingestion of antiseptic gels may also be intentional, due to the alcohol they contain. There is therefore a real risk of alcoholic intoxication, voluntary or not.


Answer: true. After applying a disinfectant gel, it is important not to rinse or wash your hands or to wipe them with a towel, as this may reduce the effectiveness of the product. Rather, rub your hands against each other long enough for them to dry out (the alcohol will evaporate). In addition, do not have your hands wet when disinfecting, as this may compromise the optimal action of the product.


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…











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