skincare tips for brown and black skin

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

  1. Pay attention to your pH

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

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

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

  1. gentle exfoliation, a beauty ritual for dark skin

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

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

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

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

 

 

What NOT to do to your gorgeous brown and black skin

YOU DRY SHAVE AND USE VERY HOT WAX

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

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

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

Your skin is oily so you strip it.

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

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

 

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

Your skin is dark so you don’t use sunscreen

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

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

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PEPTIDES FOR SKIN HEALTH

A Novel Ingredient in skin care you need to know about

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lysine, a multifunctional amino acid

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

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

What foods are rich in lysine?

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

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The power of peptides

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

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

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What do “unscented” and “fragrance-free” mean?

These are two terms that are commonly confused by the public, and often there are people who think they are interchangeable.

However, fragrance free and unscented are very different.

. Fragrance-free products appeal to people sensitive to odors such as pregnant women or those with sensitive or atopic skin, or those suffering from eczema. They are then looking for a product which does not contain this secret mixture called “perfume” or “fragrance” which often contains allergens, in particular.

What should we expect from a fragrance-free product?

Is avoiding all scented cosmetics the solution to avoiding contact with ingredients that are of concern to our health? Not necessarily.  Consumers looking for “fragrance-free” body care or cosmetics expect a product without “secret” mixing, which is more reassuring because of their needs. You might expect said “fragrance-free” product to be odorless. This is, however, a misconception. Why ? A “fragrance-free” product can  have a very distinct odor. The ingredients in a product have their own scent. For example, a cosmetic made with vanillin will smell like vanilla. However, the raw materials used can have scents

What is unscented?

Unscented typically means that another ingredient has been added to mask the odor of  the raw materials in your product.  It will most likely be synthetic, and enter in the same category as the other fragrances that contain allergens. In the manufacture of unscented products, manufacturers can then add masking and neutralizing agents to cover up the unpleasant odor. A cosmetic that smells absolutely nothing therefore contains, paradoxically, substances found in the secret mixture that you will find on the label under the term “Fragrance / Parfum”.

Here’s one Morganna’s Alchemy product that is fragrance free

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Read your label in the INCI nomenclature

If you prefer to use scented body care or cosmetics, there are companies with respectful development criteria that spell out all of the ingredients in their fragrances, although this is not required by law. To find them, simply make sure that the words ” Fragrance” are not on the list of ingredients. Same thing when you are looking for a cosmetic product without perfume. To do this, carefully check the ingredient list or search the Skin Deep database to make sure the products do not mention “fragrance”. You will be able to see all the components giving scent notes and make sure that they do not contain masking agents.

The INCI list, or “International Nomenclature for Cosmetic Ingredients”, was established in 1973 by an American association of cosmetic manufacturers. Its use is mandatory on all products identified as cosmetics. It is about listing all the ingredients on beauty products in a scientific, standardized and international way. INCI is a multilingual and multinational cosmetic ingredient naming system based on the Latin language. It follows the decreasing logic, the most used ingredients being at the beginning of the list (very often, “aqua” for water) and the smallest dosages, at the end. Whether it is a cream, shampoo or facial cleanser, the list of ingredients must appear on the outer label so that it is clearly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Fragrances in cosmetics, are they new forbidden ingredients?

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

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

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

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

What is the biggest problem in fragrances?

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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What are the labeling obligations for brands?

 

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

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

 

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

DID YOU KNOW ABOUT THE COCKTAIL EFFECT OF FRAGRANCES ?

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

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

 

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

THE GOOD NEWS FOR FRAGRANCES:

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

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

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

What are the best ingredients for Sensitive skin?

First we should define what makes your skin sensitive?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

What are the best ingredients to combat Hyperpigmentation?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

1 Basal cell membrane inflammation

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

Here is a list of best current ingredients for Dark spots

 

 

Antioxidants prevent dark spots

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

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

Vitamin C:

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

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

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

 

Anti-tyrosinase agents

VITAMIN K:

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

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

Niacinamide:

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

Wild rose oil:

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

Bakuchiol:

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

 

 

 

Exfoliators, effective anti-dark spots

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

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

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

 

Mandelic acid

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

Tranexamic acid

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

Please Remember Blue light protection as well:

skincare layering

The Golden Rules of Layering Skincare

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

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

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

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

Layering skincare is an essential practice in Asian cultures.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Apply 2 or 3 doses on the moistened Konjac sponge.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

top 10 skincare ingredients

What are the top best skincare ingredients?

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Stimulates the biomechanical functions of fibroblasts Increases skin density

Gives softness and firmness to the skin

Visibly and quickly reduces the appearance of wrinkles

 

 

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

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

skin aging and prevents cell damage.

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

 

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

What are the vest oil ingredients for mature skin ?

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

the epidermis and prevent wrinkles.

Our favorite anti-aging oils:

 

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

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

pigmentary.

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

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

CBD OIL:

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

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

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

4 Amazing Health Benefits of CBD You Need to Know

Many people now turn to Cannabidiol for remedy during health challenges. Cannabidiol or CBD is just one out of over 100 compounds extracted from cannabis or marijuana plant. The absence of mind-altering properties, or tetracannabinol, is a reason for its growing popularity.

An increasing number of people are using CBD oil as a better option for normal medications. CBD is becoming increasingly useful to modern medicine and its benefits have drawn the attention of many researchers:

  1. Pain and Inflammation

Since its discovery in 2900BC, marijuana has been effective in the relief of pain and other body symptoms. The human body has the endocannabinoid system responsible for appetite, sleep, and pain. Amazingly, the intake of CBD directly impacts the endocannabinoid receptors, leading to the reduction of pain and inflammation.

Even an oral spray of CBD, and a combination of tetracannabinol (THC), treats symptoms linked to multiple sclerosis. For instance, to prove the efficacy of CBD, Sativex, which is a mixture of CBD and THC, was administered to 58 selected persons. Within 30 days of consistent use, this group experienced prolonged improvements in walking, muscle spasms, and pain relief.

  1. Depression and Anxiety

The effects of anxiety and depression are often too terrible to imagine. They affect the entire body and even attack the mind in a severe way. Little wonder the World Health Organization ranks depression and anxiety among the major causes of worldwide disability.

However, CBD oil has proven to be effective in treating depression and anxiety. Today, many who suffer from these disorders prefer to undergo cannabidiol treatment. Unlike benzodiazepines associated with insomnia, agitation, and sexual dysfunction, no side effects come with CBD.

  1. The Heart and Blood Pressure

The heart is a vital organ of the body, and once it malfunctions the entire body senses danger. High blood pressure can cause stroke, metabolic syndrome, heart attack, and, in some sad cases, sudden death.

Recent studies have indicated that CBD helps to reduce stress and is effective in treating symptoms of high blood pressure. CBD oil contains stress-reducing properties and powerful antioxidants that are responsible for lowering blood pressure and reducing inflammation and cell death in patients.

  1. Rest and Sleep

Sleep is a natural occurrence in all human beings and even some special plants take time to rest. When the body is deprived of sleep for a prolonged period of time, it can lead to several health problems. Some sleep-related issues are sleep disorders, insomnia, and the inability to fall asleep at the proper time.

CBD oil can help in overcoming these symptoms and promoting better sleep. Taking the recommended dose of CBD activates the receptors responsible for sleep cycles. And a normal sleep cycle involves enjoying quality time and allowing the brain and body to rest.

Final Thoughts

Scientists spend time and resources trying to research and unlock the power within some common plants in our environment. The health benefits of cannabidiol are so many that new discoveries are still being made. Now we do not know what more benefits await us by the time we wake in the morning.

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hyaluronic acid

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 the 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.  

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.

AN ACTIVE NATURALLY PRESENT IN THE SKIN

Hyaluronic acid is a natural component of the skin, part of the family of Natural Moisturizing Factors. It is found in the epidermis and dermis in greater proportion.   The different forms of hyaluronic acid can be used in an anti-aging treatment in several ways:

  • Injection to fill wrinkles beneath the skin’s surface
  • Cream enriched with hyaluronic acid
  • Hyaluronic acid capsules for ingestion

The results of these uses are not the same. 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.

hydrating serums

Are Hydrating Serums Necessary?

As its name suggests, the hydrating serum … hydrates! It is a treatment that is applied directly to the skin in order to deeply 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. https://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/morgannas-water-drops-intense-moisturizing-serum-with-sea-grapes/

  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?

Moisturizing serums should always be applied to clean, bare skin, after your evening make-up removal or before morning beauty treatment. It only takes a few drops of this relatively liquid treatment. 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. https://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/morgannas-lemon-drops-intense-moisture-collagen-building-serum/

  1. Some tips for spreading your moisturizing serum

Massage your face with your fingertips, making small circles. Not only will the serum penetrate better, but it will also 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. https://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/morgannas-illuminate-serum-drops-pea-peptides-and-melanin/

ph and your skin

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 skincare 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.

dehydrated skin

Dehydrated Skin Is More Common Than You Think

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

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

What are the main symptoms of dehydrated skin?

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

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

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

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

Here’s why your skin might be thirsty!

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

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

At the first signs of dehydration, avoid …

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

How to combat dehydrated skin:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It has 3 times more antioxidant power than Argan oil!

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

  1. Anti-aging:

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

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

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

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

caring for mature skin

Keeping Mature Skin Looking Young and Healthy

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

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

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

 

1. CLEANSE WITHOUT HARSH INGREDIENTS

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

2. SERUMS THAT HELP REVEAL RADIANCE AND MOISTURE

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

3. YOUR SKIN IS PROBABLY THIRSTY

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

4. REPAIR WHILE YOU’RE SLEEPING

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

5. EAT YOUR COSMETICS

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

 

djon djon mushroom

Anti-Aging Super Ingredient: The Djon Djon Mushroom

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Here are some of our favorite attributes:

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

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

8 steps for fighting mascne

8 Tips For Fighting Mascne

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

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

Areas of the face that are most affected by mascne:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  2.  Give each other manicures/pedicures

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

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

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

Why Is Everyone Talking About Collagen Lately?

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, 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 sun exposure accelerates the breakdown in collagen for all skin types. 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. https://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/morgannas-illuminate-serum-drops-pea-peptides-and-melanin/

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

To best way to stimulate the production of collagen by your body,  is to combine the use of serums (preferably, our treatments) as well as small daily actions like facial exercises: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Df3OwSfdsAQ

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  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 thickness and 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.

Why is collagen becoming popular in cosmetics?

Due to its direct implication in the aging of the skin, collagen has become a first choice active ingredient in the fight against aging. The cosmetics industry has incorporated 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, are excellent vehicles for collagen 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 fewer 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.

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.  

Eating For Dehydrated Skin

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

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

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

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

Foods to avoid when experiencing dehydration:

  • Pineapple
  • Artichokes
  • Mangos
  • Grapes
  • Asparagus

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Why Paracress Extract Belongs in Your Sensitive Skincare Routine

PARACRESS is an active ingredient that is suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive.

Its composition offers soothing properties that can relieve irritated skin and reduce redness. Upon application, the skin gains in firmness while remaining supple.

This little plant is native to Brazil, however, it is in Madagascar that it is most cultivated. Its taste qualities, as well as its medicinal and cosmetic properties, have quickly won over the rest of the world. Depending on who you ask, you can meet this plant under different names: Brède Mafane, Acmella Oleracea, Paracress, Hot Grass, Bredy Mafana…

The uses of Paracress are numerous:

  • Cooking, especially in the traditional Madagascar recipe, Romazave. It is also widely used in Asian and Indian cuisine
  • As a food-medicine, to relieve ailments of the mouth and certain skin lesions
  • In cosmetics, for its “facelift-like” effect which is ideal in anti-aging care.

Brède Mafane occurs as small yellow flowers, which grow all year round. Its uses are from the leaves and the flowers, which have very concentrated active ingredients. The virtues of Paracress are due to its exceptional composition: its leaves and flowers are very rich in isobutyl amides of polyene and polyanionic acids, including Spilanthol. It is this last active compound that interests us in particular: it has anti-inflammatory and anesthetic properties. On the medicinal side, Paracress is used to relieve, or even treat, mouth aches, canker sores, gingivitis, abscesses, cavities-related pain. It is either gargled or by simply chewing the leaves (be careful, it stings!). The juice of the crushed leaves of Paracress also has a soothing action on skin lesions. In cosmetics, Paracress is very popular, because its light and natural anesthetic effect offer a “facelift like” effect which rejuvenates the face, without freezing the features.

In recent years, Paracress has gained popularity in the cosmetics industry. And for good reason…

Its extract, used in the composition of face creams or serums, offers an unparalleled anti-aging effect. In a typical day, our face can undergo up to 10,000 micro-contractions. These micro-contractions are responsible for expression lines, including crow’s feet, nasolabial folds, and frown lines. The anesthetic effect provided by Spilanthol will help limit these contractions: the skin is smoothed, it loses its “crumpled” appearance and prevents the appearance of more pronounced wrinkles. Paracress has the advantage of acting as a natural anti-aging ingredient while respecting the natural movements of the face because its action remains light. A very good daily cream for those who want to see an immediate result! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGoU1M4Uap4&t=95s

Where can you find Paracress besides our website?

Many specialized garden centers sell Paracress seeds or plants. This plant requires lots of sun and heat.

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A Skincare Routine For Your 30’s

What Skincare Should You Be Using In Your 30’s

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

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

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

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

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A Complete Guide to Face Serums

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Are face serums a necessary step in your skincare routine?

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

Why should you use a face serum?

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

How do you apply serums?

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

How many times a day should I use a serum?

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

What is the difference between a serum and a cream?

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

Should you layer serums?

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

Are all serums equal?

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

When should you incorporate a serum into your routine?

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

 

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What are Expression Lines?

What are Expression Lines?

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

When do we start to get them?

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

Where do they appear?

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

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

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

How to treat Expression Lines:

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

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