How to Achieve Hydrated, Bright, and Plump Skin

Achieving hydrated, bright, and plump skin sounds overwhelming, but Morganna’s Alchemy has the newest trio to help combat dehydration, hyperpigmentation, and loose skin!

 

Introducing Morganna’s Alchemy’s newest trio in the fight against aging and dehydrated skin! 

Morganna’s Alchemy Water Drops

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Morganna’s Alchemy Illuminate Pea Peptides

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Morganna’s Alchemy Lemon Drops

 

Morganna’s Alchemy Water Drops is an intense moisturizing serum that contains multiple rich moisturizing agents that instantly targets dry and dehydrated skin. The secret of our Water Drops is an algae that is more water-loving than Hyaluronic Acid! This algae ingredient locks in moisture for 24 hours leaving your skin feeling fresh, strong, and plump.

 

  • To achieve hydrated skin, our CEO and Chemist, Maya Hyppolite, recommends applying morning and night to cleansed skin using our Cleanser. Using only a few drops apply softly to your face, neck, and décolleté.

 

Morganna’s Illuminate Pea Peptides visibly reduces skin imperfections from inflammation, aging, vascular conditions, blue light, and the sun. This serum targets dark spots and hyperpigmentation. The ingredients in this product act as a key and when they enter your skin they work with a specific lock that prevents melanin from overworking.

 

  • To correct skin imperfections our CEO and Chemist, Maya Hyppolite, recommends applying morning and night using only a few drops apply softly to problem areas.

 

Morganna’s Alchemy Lemon Drops is the last product in the trio but is important in keeping your skin hydrated while building collagen. As we a­­ge, our body loses collagen leaving our skin to lose its shape as we age. Our Lemon Drops contain lemon peel which is a powerful antioxidant that aids in building collagen that will regenerate the skin. Another powerful ingredient is Hyaluronic Acid which allows for the skin to stay hydrated throughout the day.  

  • To build collagen and correct skin imperfections, our CEO and Chemist, Maya Hyppolite, recommends applying a few drops and apply softly to your face, neck, and décolleté.

Does Needle-Free Botox Exist?

Spilanthol, a compound derived from the Paracress Plant, is Botox for needle-phobes.

 

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

How is this possible?

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

How does it work?

Years of talking, laughing, smiling, and frowning lead to thousands of daily microcontractions within the skin, which results in fine lines. Spilanthol reduces these wrinkles by myorelaxing the skin (slowing down these muscle contractions) at a subcutaneous level.

Not only does Spilanthol relax the tiny facial muscles, but it has also been shown to reorganize and tighten skin by stimulating collagen production! By reconnecting the epidermis and the dermis and restoring structural integrity, Spilanthol can firm and tighten your skin naturally. 

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

 

How effective is this natural Botox?

83% of users saw a reduction in crow’s feet wrinkles around the eyes. Clinical results also showed restoration of the cupid’s bow and lip contour, relaxing of wrinkles around the lips and mouth, and a decrease of wrinkle volume by 45%. Fine lines that begin at an early age are the most easily treatable and early prevention can lead to longevity in skin firmness.

Morganna’s Alchemy only uses sustainably harvested organic Paracress that comes from the Regional Natural Park in the Ardèche Mountains in the South of France.

You can discover the powerful anti-aging effects of Spilanthol in both our Paracress Oil and Morganna’s Elixir.

Is Your Phone Screen Aging You?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

How Stress Affects Skin Health

“Beauty is more than skin deep”

 

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

Yes!

 

Psychological stress can negatively impact the health of your skin. Stress can cause unnecessary inflammatory reactions which reduces your skin’s ability to maintain its barrier.

 

When the body is stressed, the skin sees an increase of cytokine and keratinocyte production, which triggers inflammatory skin conditions including psoriasis, eczemaalopecia areata, acne, and dermatitis. While inflammation is vital to keeping your body healthy and free from real threats, an overreaction– like work-related stress– can lead to new or worsening skin flare-ups.

 

In 2001, the Journal of Investigative Dermatology published a study that showed how different forms of stress affected skin function. Their experiment found that while physical stress from exercise didn’t impact barrier function, sleep deprivation and psychological stress resulted in delayed skin recovery, as well as an increase of cortisol and killer cell activity

 

As the largest organ in the body, the skin is greatly impacted by inflammation. As the primary component of skin, collagen in particular can lose its integrity from stress on the immune system.

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

 

While stress itself can compromise or degrade your skin, so can skipping out on your healthy habits.

 

While stress can make us feel sluggish and anxious, it’s important to continue sleeping well, maintaining personal hygiene, and eating healthy foods. Without these positive habits, the immune system can become even more compromised and lead to more health issues.

 

If you’ve noticed an increase in breakouts, redness, irritation, or other inflammatory conditions, consider how stress may be impacting your health. As always, any concern you have about your health should be discussed with a doctor. In light of the ongoing pandemic, Telehealth options may be useful for counseling or other mental health services.

 

Some tips for managing stress in your life include:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

a. CLEANING IS GENTLE

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

Top 8 benefits of vetiver essential oil:

  1. Fighting bacterial infections: Vetiver essential oil is very effective against staphylococcus (Staphylococcus aureus) and it is widely used in the tropical regions of India and Ski Lanka to prevent infection of open wounds.

 

  1. Accelerates the healing of wounds and prevents the formation of scars: This is one of the essential oils known for their healing effect. It stimulates the formation of new tissues to replace dead and discolored tissue and helps to give the skin its uniform appearance.

 

 

  1. Fights inflammation: Vetiver essential oil has a strong anti-inflammatory effect. it is particularly beneficial for inflammations of the nervous and circulatory systems.
  2. Natural Aphrodisiac: It is used in drinks and sorbets to stimulate libido. It is also used in aromatherapy against impotence and frigidity.

 

  1. Tonic effect: The essential oil of vetiver has an invigorating effect that allows it to stimulate the respiratory, digestive, circulatory, excretory, immune and endocrine systems.

 

  1. Protects the nervous system: As we saw in the intro, the essential oil of vetiver has a nervine property. That is, it has many health benefits to the nervous system.

 

  1. Beneficial against insomnia, stress, and anxiety: It is known for its sedative effect that makes it one of the best essential oils against insomnia, stress and anxiety.

 

  1. Combat Hemorrhoids: Add a drop of Vetiver Oil into a glass of water, Apply to the affected area, twice a day.

What makes a plant an adaptogen?

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

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

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

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

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

The many uses of CBD on skin

Due to the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabinoids, CBD products have the advantage of preventing inflammation-related irritation.

Cannabinoid effectiveness studies against skin irritation confirm the promising role of CBD, especially topical CBD oil, in skin inflammation

 

  1. Skin prone to pimples, clogged pores and blackheads:

2.  Rashes and extremely dry skin conditions

3.  Flaccid and uneven skin

4.   Insect bites and itchy skin

5.   Skin prone to pimples, clogged pores and blackheads

Developing our business internationally

Morganna’s Alchemy was among a lucky group of companies that participated and worked with Global Tampa and the US commercial service on a trade mission to Mexico City this past April.

The purpose of this trip was for local companies to go and meet with possible distributors in order to extend and export into Mexico

With international business being such an important component of the global economy and our local economic development efforts, our goals for the mission is to not only open doors for new trade and investment, but builds and strengthen relationships between Tampa Bay and Mexico.

The Tampa Bay Export Alliance (TBEA) is a cooperative effort between the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, Pinellas County Economic Development and the Pasco Economic Development Council to increase international business opportunities for companies within the region and to market the Tampa Bay region globally as a top business destination. TBEA supports the international development initiatives of our regional economic partners such as the Tampa International Airport and Port Tampa Bay and works closely with other federal, state and local entities to deliver integrated international strategy.

In attendance on the trip was Mayor Bill Buckhorn, who was there to meet with his Mexican counterpart.

How to recognize Dry skin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dry skin is a fairly common symptom, especially in the elderly. dry skin is due to several factors, internal and external. It can also be caused by certain skin diseases or conditions of other organs.

Dry skin is characterized by very fine pores and a feeling of “parchment” to the touch: it is rough, and slightly chapped. Often, dry skin appears tense and itchy.

Dry skin often reacts to changes in temperature.
There can be many levels of dry skin:
Dry skin: temporary discomfort, slight tugging, slight peeling.
Very dry skin: discomfort and marked tightness, intense desquamation, cracks.
Pre-atopic xerosis: rough skin (scabs), slight irritation.

Healthy skin is naturally protected on the surface by the hydro-lipid film, formed mainly of water and lipids (the sebum). It is waterproof, protects the skin from external aggression and prevents water loss. When the upper layer of the epidermis is not balanced in water and lipids, it can no longer effectively play its role of barrier and becomes uncomfortable to varying degrees, as explained above.

There are also states of cutaneous dryness triggered by external factors, climatic, environmental, caused by cutaneous pathologies (atopic eczema, psoriasis …), general diseases (thyroid, diabetes, nutritional deficiencies …) and / or medical treatments.

Morganna’s Instant lift is a wrinkle smoothing cream perfectly adapted for dry skin.
Its proprietary blend and combination of Sorghum, Tara and Chicory extracts, are particularly well suited, to both reduce the look of wrinkles almost immediately, but to also provide deep hydration.

⦁ superficial tightening action and anti-aging treatment with pleasant sensory properties >

⦁ Sorghum actually binds to skin by its Polyols=> forming a coherent film, which gives the texturing and tightening effect of interest

⦁ Our Clinical testing show up to 82% wrinkle reduction with just one use

 

We Also polled 30 women to see how the liked the effects of our Instant lift

Here are some before and after 10 minutes of Instant lift application

Firming and tightening your jawline with Powerful Paracress flower oil Extract

As we age the extracellular matrix of our jawline which consist of dermal water made with protein fibers and fibroblasts which is the skin support tissue starts to become dis-organized and loses firmness.The accentuation of wrinkles and double chin ensues.

Often times we start to think of surgery and injections as the only way to fix these issues.

Nature has many answers to help us at least delay these invasive methods.

Spilanthes flower (Spilanthesoleracea and Spilanthesacmella) is also known as the ‘Toothache plant’. It is a flowering native plant found in Brazil. This small and erect plant has broad leaves which grow rather quickly and that has delicate gold and red flowers that are commonly used in herbal preparations.

The Spilanthes flower is mainly ornamental but the flower heads contain a great amount of an analgesic agent known as Spilanthol. This is specially used to numb toothaches and gum aches as well.

In Madagascar and other African countries, this flower is added to vegetables during cooking. It adds flavor to stews and salads and very often used to douse the intense heat and taste of chili and different types of peppers.

However, this precious flower’ properties do not stop at just being a condiment.  In skin care, thanks to it very high alkalymide content the oil of the flower is a powerful aid in the fight against aging.

This active has a unique mode of action: it strengthens the architecture of the dermis by placing the network of protein fibers under tension for a fast and lasting redensifying effectThis helps to restructure the jawline with rapid effectAt Morganna’s Alchemy we particularly like this flower’ extract

When applied to the skin the light yellow liquid give a slight tingling or buzzing sensation, that’s how fast it starts to work.

As in any Morganna product, manual harvesting and strict harvesting of this floral part does not destroy the plant and ensures its preservation. In addition, the clean extraction process used allows recycling of plant residues, used as compost for agriculture.

#paracressfloweroil #collagenbuilder

The road to even-toned and radiant skin!

The desire for uniform complexion without irregularities is wanted everywhere around the world, from  West to East, and especially in Africa and South-East Asia, where the pigmentation defects show up not only on faces but also on décolleté and hands.

These spots increase with aging, according to a genetically dependent intensity, these pigmentary punctuations are the result of sun damage sustained for years on uncovered parts of the body, but are also dependent on other factors such as climatic hazards, physical aggression, or internal factors: nervous stress, hormonal impacts (progesterone and androgens stimulate #melanogenesis)

Hyperpigmentation happens in a few different ways.

1. It can be over a time period due to over exposure to the sun.  It is invisible initially but end up generating hyperactivity of melanocytes, which amplify melanin synthesis.
2. Hyperpigmentation can also happen due to hormonal changes, stress etc.

The great news is that with science ever evolving, we know the difference in these types of hyperpigmentation.  Knowing the different mechanics of hyperpigmentation means we can treat them accordingly.

Today we know a whole arsenal of substances that can mitigate the spots by inhibition of tyrosinase, and primarily botanical extracts.

The importance of combining several actives that will come together in synergy is primordial more than ever.

Some of the best performers are:

  1. Vitamin C, in particular the stabilized derivatives
  2. Resveratrol very powerful with no depigmentation effect
  3. Kiwi which also has hydrating properties
  4. Barley Extract

In general taking a 360 degree approach where we treat both the dermis and epidermis will give us some extraordinary results

PS: make sure to always your sunscreen, sunglasses and hats when going out into the sun.

Always use your Morganna’sExpress spot remover or your Morganna’s Even skin tone formula with Lingonberry Extract

 

 

 

Morganna’s BellaTox – Morganna’s Alchemy

December 2017 Issue of Lifestyle Magazine Moscow, Russia

The Sun: how it behaves on various skin types with sunburn

This fire star envelops us with a soft cocoon of heat, and is infused with vitality to all living organisms. As soon as it floods us with its light, we feel propelled by new energies, which is why we are always galvanized by it.

Here is how the sun affects various skin types

To each his own genetic sensitivity to the sun:  This is what is referred to as capacity of resistance. Irremediably begins at infancy to every solar attack undergone. In general darker skin types are better protected against photo carcinogenesis and aging induced than clear skins. In fact, milky-skinned redheads or blond and light brown with very light skin, have a reduced “sun-capacity”. Such is the case of the Irish, the Celts: their tanning will always be laborious – at the cost of serious erythema, sometimes it may be impossible to get a suntan. They are also most at risk of cutaneous melanoma at a late age. Australia remains the country with the highest incidence of melanoma in the world, despite awareness-raising campaigns.

Brown skinned people with matte skin tone, tan more easily, without really getting sunburn. Hispanics, Indians, Asians, for example, burn little, and still tan. The sun loves to leave its imprint on these seemingly more resistant faces: whether Korean, Japanese or Chinese. The solar light received every day during childhood and adolescence is enough for the mark early lentigo actinic (hyperpigmentation spots), their carnation evolving towards a darker tone. On the other hand, Asian populations are apparently far less prone to skin cancer than Caucasians. This suggests a good ability to self-repair their skin against the onslaught of UV. Black skin, for its part, has a high filtering power: it protects from the sun’s rays five times more than white skin. Africans with black or dark brown skin never burn, tan intensively. Caribbeans can count over 35 different skin tones. They vary from very light to ebony black skin tones. Sun intolerance in not uncommon, it does cause them to suffer from sunburns, which are main causes of pigment spots, darkening, acne marks and scars.

Magic For Men was feature in a Russian Magazine!

Pasco EDC 31st Annual Awards & Trade Show

 

Cosmoprof 2017 Las Vegas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facial Fitness

We spend hours each week in the gym trying to tighten and tone our legs, arms, glutes, and abs. Why not do exercises to tighten and tone the muscles in our face?

 

According to many dermatologists, it is important to regularly massage, stretch, and stimulate the muscles in your face, keeping them active and engaged. Facial fitness has an extremely beneficial impact on the aging process and overall appearance of the skin.

Facial exercises are very easy and can be done wherever, whenever (just be careful, you may look silly if in public!) A simple routine can take less than 2 minutes, and leave your face feeling tighter and more engaged throughout the day.

Before you begin, always remember to hydrate your face. You don’t want to stretch and flex rough, dry skin. This could lead to further cracks and roughness. The perfect product to use for instant hydration is Bellatox from Morganna’s Alchemy. Bellatox plumps dehydrated skin and contains four actives to visibly reduce wrinkles in a flash.

 

Bellatox contains:

Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein: envelops the skin, instantly smoothing visible surface wrinkles and imperfections, forms coherent films on the surface of the skin, visibly reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a smoother looking appearance.

Spilanthol, a local anaesthetic extracted from Acmella oleracea, reduces muscle contractions and relaxes your features. This reduces fine lines, particularly around the eyes and between the eyebrows. Your skin becomes noticeably smoother.

Imperata cylindrica, also known as blady grass. This plant grows in the very driest of South America’s desert regions and is able to survive even on saline soils. This extract supplies the skin with moisture up to 4 hours.

Hyaluron. One of the natural moisturizing factors (NMFs) found in the skin. Together with lipids, NMFs keep skin from losing water, maintaining skin’s young, smooth, non-flaky appearance. It creates a slight swelling of the skin that reduces the appearance of wrinkles. NMFs in skincare products also help to temporarily stabilize and maintain the complex intercellular-skin matrix, which is the “glue” that holds the skin together.

 

This thin serum will hydrate and prep your skin for your exercises, think of it as your favorite pre-workout shake.

 

Begin your workout with a few neck and face stretches.

Tilt your head from side to side holding the pose for a few seconds. Then stretch your jaw, expanding your mouth and lowering your chin towards the neck. Next, close your mouth and expand your cheeks as much as you can. Finally raise and lower your eyebrows a few times to complete your facial stretching.

 

Next, engage your muscles by applying gentle pressure across your cheekbones.

Begin by applying pressure to the bridge of your nose, tapping outward across the apples of your cheeks and cheekbones, all the way out to the sides of your forehead. Repeat this motion 4 or 5 times.

 

Cheek lifter

Begin by sucking your cheeks together to make a fish face. Then lift your cheeks, trying to smile. Repeat this 10 times.

 

Instant Eye Lifter

Place the knuckles of your index finger on your brow bones. Place your thumbs under your cheeks, giving yourself a “thumb mustache.” Hold this pose while squinting your eyes 10 times. Make sure you are squinting hard enough to feel tension.

 

Neck Tightener

Purse your lips together into a “duckface” while at the same time gritting and flexing your jaw. Tilt your chin up towards the ceiling for 10 seconds while flexing your jaw.

 

Angry Brow Wrinkle smoother

Furrow your brows into an angry face while holding the skin above your eyebrow to not allow it to wrinkle. Repeat this 10 times.

 

Facial draining effect

Brush your right thumb across your left cheek, gently pulling the skin. Repeat this process on your right cheek using your left thumb. This exercise can also be applied to the forehead. This will enhance the drainage of your skin and activate circulation.

 

Your facial muscles should feel tighter even after one workout! Continue to exercise your face weekly and you will build firm and tones muscles which will reduce or eliminate the look of sagging, droopy skin.

Other products to try while practicing facial fitness are Morganna’s Alchemy Instant Lift, Elixir, Neck Colleté, or Step 4: Defy Age.

 

Nomination for the Pasco Economic Development Council Awards

 

Morganna’s Alchemy is honored to be nominated for yet another award!

This year we have been nominated and selected as a finalist for the Pasco Economic Development Council Industry of the Year Awards.

Every year, the EDC evaluates and nominates top companies and businesses in the Pasco County area based on technology, innovation, job creation, growth and capital investment in the area. It also measures companies’ community involvement.

We were happy to be interviewed by committee members who toured our laboratories. We displayed our product line and explained how and why we do what we do. We further discussed a range of topics, explaining our company growth, market and technology innovation, as well as leadership and involvement in industry and community organizations.

The committee members seemed to be very interested and impressed with our company and were happy to take home samples of some of our best sellers.

The winners of this year’s awards will be announced at the Pasco County EDC’s 31st Annual Awards and Trade Show later this month. This prestigious event is attended by over 600 business and community leaders in the Tampa Bay and Pasco County area.

We appreciate this recognition as Morganna’s Alchemy continues to grow as a company and in our community.

Fresh Effects – Immediate Luminous Complexion!

Vitamin C is very popular for its immune system building properties and is a go-to cure for the common cold. What many people are unaware of are its NUMEROUS benefits, specifically to the skin. Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is essential in the development and repair of the body’s tissues. It protects and hydrates the skin on the outside. From within it builds collagen and elastin to firm, thicken and rejuvenate skin cells.

Viatimin C’s properties act as a protecting layer on the skin. It shields the skin from harmful exposures from harmful ultraviolet radiations from the sun, environmental chemicals and pollutions, and smoke. Vitamin C also can reduce sun burns, and helps prevent long term effects of ultraviolet rays.

Vitamin C is a key component for the body’s production of hydroxyproline and hydroxylysine. Together they bind the molecules that produce collagen. Collagen firms and tones the appearance of the skin. When the skin is lacking collagen, it looks and feels dull, sags, and wrinkles form. Healthy collagen is essential in reversing the signs of aging and reviving the skin to look young, firm, and beautiful.

Collagen does this by providing structure for the blood vessels. The skin is kept healthy by very small blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. Skin that is lacking or deficient of the proper amount of nutrients will have a rough, cracked and dry texture.

Vitamin C also increases the formation of elastin. Elastin thickens the walls of skin cells. This protects and heals the cells. Thicker skin cells will retain moisture, hydrating and plumping the skin.

Beeswax is another incredible ingredient found in nature that hydrates the skin. Beeswax naturally attracts water molecules. It works to instantly hydrate your skin, while retaining moisture for long term effects.  It is packed with vitamin A and supports the rejuvenation, and reconstruction of skin cells.

Our newest product Fresh Effects uses a specially researched formula with a high concentration of Vitamin C and beewax to give you an instant glow. Fresh Effects instantly blurs wrinkles and pores making your skin appear flawless and smooth. The vitamin C and beeswax will hydrate your skin cells from within and restore your skin’s collagen for long term effects. This thin serum can be worn under makeup as a primer or on a fresh face to give you a luminous glow. With Fresh Effects you will be ready for your selfie with beautiful, fresh skin!

Cosmoprof 2017!

This year was Morganna’s Alchemy’s first year as an exhibitor at Cosmoprof North America, the largest international professional beauty tradeshow in Las Vegas. This 3-day show was an action-packed experience. We not only had the chance to introduce our brand to thousands of new people in the beauty industry, we met with top executives, online beauty influencers, and learned important incites about current trends in the beauty and skincare market.

We met with potential clients from all over the world! We were very pleased to speak with buyers and distributors from the United Kingdom, Korea, China, several countries in the Caribbean and Latin America, and all over the United States. In the coming weeks, we hope to further develop these relationships and expand our market reach!

Our booth was located in the Tones of Beauty pavilion, a specialized section for multi-cultural products. This gave us direct access to buyers and distributors looking specifically for unique products that are suitable for women of multi-cultural backgrounds. We’ve seen an astronomical growth in interest and need for products that cater to this specific market. Many women find themselves unable to use skincare products made for whiter skin tones which leave gray, or white residue on richly pigmented skin. We pride ourselves in being an eco-certified skincare line that is suitable for ALL women, especially multi-cultural women. Our products leave no dry, white residue and address ethnic skincare concerns such as hyper-pigmentation and age spotting.

 

On Monday night, we were invited to an exclusive networking event— Beauty After Dark. We introduced and sampled our products to dozens of press outlets and beauty bloggers. One of our best sellers, Bella Tox, was an instant hit. After explaining how this serum plumps dehydrated skin and visibly reduces wrinkles in a flash with long and short-term hydration, everyone wanted a sample! The instant results were received incredibly well and we hope to gain media attention and publicity.


On Monday night, we were invited to an exclusive networking event— Beauty After Dark. We introduced and sampled our products to dozens of press outlets and beauty bloggers. One of our best sellers, Bella Tox, was an instant hit. After explaining how this serum plumps dehydrated skin and visibly reduces wrinkles in a flash with long and short-term hydration, everyone wanted a sample! The instant results were received incredibly well and we hope to gain media attention and publicity.

While at Beauty After Dark we were featured on live television. A camera crew briefly interviewed us, spotlighting two of our products, Express and Bella Tox.  The reporter seemed very interested in Morganna products and shared it to her viewers. We love opportunities like this where we can showcase and share our natural and eco-certified product line!

At the Beauty E-Review booth we individually met with several beauty media influencers and social media marketers. This exciting opportunity allowed us to sit down one-on-one to introduce and explain some of our best sellers to Beauty Gurus such as Bessy Dressy and Dana Oliver, the beauty director of Yahoo.

Overall, we had an incredible time at Cosmoprof. Although exhausting, the trip was a very rewarding and worth all of our hard efforts. We hope that in the coming weeks our company will continue to grow brand awareness and sales in our newly found markets because of our labors at Cosmoprof!

Sponsoring the Society of Haitian Dermatologist annual event!

On Thursday July 13, Morganna’s Alchemy was very happy to sponsor the 36th annual celebration of the Society of Haitian Dermatologist.  This joyous celebration was a great time for dermatologist and medical professionals from all over the country to meet together in Port Au Prince, Haiti.

As the official sponsor of this prestigious event, Morganna’s Alchemy was delighted to present 2 awards to the founding doctors of this society. Both Dr. Gislhaine Auguste and Dr. Bernard Liutaud received plaques honoring their work and commemorating their hard efforts.

Marie Denise gave an insightful presentation on Morganna’s Alchemy, our scientific research, natural and safe ingredients, proven clinical results, and ever advancing product line. We have amazingly grown over the years to now offer 26 unique products that address and fix every skincare need or concern.

Morganna’s Alchemy products are available and prescribed to patients in all dermatology offices throughout Haiti. One of our best sellers in this region is our Express spot remover and skin brightening cream. This smart cream safely targets acne scars, age spots, discoloration, and hyper-pigmentation. Express is well respected by these dermatologists because it is a safe alternative to harsh, harmful, and toxic skin bleaching products that are commonly used by many Haitian and Caribbean women.

We are very proud to be held in such high regards by all of the dermatologist of this society. Due to our stellar results from clinical trials, medical professionals love the results we accomplish while using natural, organic, or pure extracts. Our clients appreciate the instant gratification of smoother, hydrated skin, while the doctors appreciate the long-term hydration, replenishing, and reversing the signs of aging.

Morganna’s Alchemy will continue to grow our wonderful relationship with the Society of Haitian Dermatologists.  A very special thank you to the president of the organization, Dr. Edwige Auguste and Dr. Yolene Bijoux Paultre. And always a special thanks to Dr. Claudie Leveille, who was the pioneer in launching Morganna Products in Haiti.

Elastin protein, the true architect to your skin!!

As skin ages, collagen and elastin fibers, that form the extracellular network, become disordered, unstructured and sparse. The dermis loses density and skin shows aging signs:

  1. The skin elasticity decreases and wrinkles appear. Of note, Elastin starts to disappear yet,

It is the most important protein for good skin appearance. It acts like springs in on our skin, and permits it to bounce back. In order to understand this, try comparing a rubber band and chewing gum.  A rubber band will immediately bounce back to its original form.  When there is a strong amount of Elastin present in our skin, it will bounce back to place after removing any pressure. While the loss of this important protein, signifies skin that will have a crepey, saggy look to it (chewing gum) does not bounce back.

But no worries, there are many ways to restore this important element.

Here is a list of things and ways to restore Elastin

– Avoid direct sunlight, which can cause the rate of elastin to fall significantly. When exposed to sunlight, sunscreen creams with an IP 40 rating are highly recommended.

– Also, stay as far away as possible from the fumes of smoke as well as smokers because the smoke reduces the reserve of elastin of the organism.

– On the food side, foods rich in Omega 3 such as nuts, salmon, olive oil as well as avocados help maintain an optimum amount of elastin in the body

-To reduce the effect of environmental stresses (sunburn, fumes) on the quantityOf elastin in the body, you can regularly eat foods rich in antioxidant elements like oranges, grapefruit, broccoli or even black berries.

– Drink plenty of water in order to maintain skin hydration and thus reduce the toxins present in the body that limit the function of elastin.

– Vitamin C, vitamin A and zinc supplements are needed to restore elastin to the body by maintaining optimal hydration of the skin cells.

Do not forget You will find it in the form of creams or lotions for the skin ..Morganna’s Defy Age

 

Looking for a natural immediate wrinkle reduction cream?

 Try Morganna’s Elixir

 

don’t just take our word for it…read what one of our customers says!

Being 43 and having aging, oily skin always proves to be a bit of a dilemma for me. Most anti-aging treatment creams tend to be a little too heavy for me and while I can use them on my neck and décolleté I end up avoiding my face all together. If I don’t I end up feeling greasy and inevitably I break out as well.
Thankfully, I think I may have found the perfect treatment cream for me! This Morganna’s Elixir for Anti-aging Cream Treatment for Expression Lines by Morganna’s Alchemy is a game changer for me. I don’t really have wrinkles/expression lines on my face yet (thank goodness, at least oily skin is good for something) but I’ve been using it on the fine lines and wrinkles in my under eye area for several weeks now and they appear to be less noticeable! I also have those annoying neck lines and my décolleté is definitely starting to show my age, those are the areas where I have really seen the most improvement. For my daytime skincare routine I apply around my eyes, down my neck and on my décolleté area. For my nighttime routine I apply this all over. Face, neck and décolleté. I even take it up around my shoulders as well. Overall, my skin has become more plump and youthful and the fine lines and that crepey look that was starting to develop on my décolleté have all but disappeared.
However, even with just the first use skin feels instantly hydrated, plump and looks more firm but like any anti-aging product best results are achieved with continued use and multiple applications.

Canda Castel

MORGANNA’S ALCHEMY BELLATOX

Hey, everyone! Hope you’ve all had a great St. Patty’s Day- we sat at home and watched TV…lol!

As a sci-fi and fantasy lover, I like all things, well, sci-fi and fantasy! There’s a really neat company called Morganna’s Alchemy, and they were kind enough to send me their legendary Bellatox to try out. Morganna’s Bellatox contains four active ingredients that purportedly help minimize wrinkles in a flash.

Morganna’s Alchemy was started by a chemist, Maya Hyppolite-Williams, who began creating skincare products with her family in mind. Her aunt had been suffering from the side effects of Botox, and needed something (Morganna’s Elixir) to help reduce her treatments (Morganna’s Alchemy, n.d.).

Perhaps one of the most interesting ingredients is spilanthol, which according to the brand, is a local anesthetic that can reduce muscle contractions and relax your features, particularly around the eyes and between the eyebrows (Morganna’s Alchemy, n.d.).  When I first found out about Bellatox, this is the ingredient that really excited me.

If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, you know one of my pet peeves is when companies make outlandish claims, or portray non-scientific research as “clinical research.” The impressive thing about spilanthol is that there is actually peer-reviewed, scientific research to back up the claims. Research shows that spilanthol, indeed, has cosmetic applications due to the anesthetic effects. The molecule size also appears to be small enough to penetrate the skin, as well as mucus membranes (Barbosa, Carvalho, Smith & Sabaa-Srur, 2015).

Additionally, Morganna’s Bellatox contains hydrolyzed vegetable protein, which forms a coherent film on the skin’s surface, visibly improving the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Imperata cylindrica, or blady grass, can survive even on saline soils. This South American extract helps supply the skin with moisture for up to four hours. Finally, together with lipids, hyaluron creates a slight swelling on the skin, and helps prevent moisture loss (Morganna’s Alchemy, n.d.).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that you know what’s in it, let’s get on with the fun part- testing it out! Morganna’s Bellatox is housed in an opaque pump bottle. This makes me very happy, as it’s not only sanitary, but the packaging prevents degradation from light and air exposure (Kaur, Kapila & Agrawal, 2007). The pump is also easy to use, and I can dispense more or less, depending on my needs at any given time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re sensitive to fragrance, you’ll be pleased to know I didn’t detect any scent. The formula has almost a jelly-like consistency, so it doesn’t run all over, yet it’s very easy to spread, and is readily absorbed. It’s not sticky, and it wears well under other skincare products, and under makeup.

I don’t have a lot of wrinkles, but I do have a very fine line under my right eye, and I’m starting to develop those dreaded “elevens” between my eyebrows. I did notice a slight plumping effect, and those lines weren’t as obvious, which made me very happy! My skin also stayed hydrated throughout the day, without looking greasy.

I get really excited over trying out new brands, especially those founded by an actual cosmetic scientist. Overall, this is a pretty awesome product, especially for the price of just $39.99. It’s available at MorgannasAlchemy.com.

Sources:

Barbosa, A., Carvalho, M., Smith, R. & Sabaa-Srur, A. (2015). Spilanthol: occurrence, extraction, chemistry and biological activities. Revista Brasileira de Farmacognosia, 26(1). Retrieved March 16, 2017, from www.sciencedirect.com.

Kaur, I., Kapila, M. & Agrawal, R. (2007). Role of novel delivery systems in developing topical antioxidants as therapeutics to combat photoageing. Aging Research Reviews, 6(4). Retrieved June 16, 2016, from www.sciencedirect.com.

Morganna’s Alchemy (n.d.). Bellatox. Morganna’s Alchemy. Retrieved March 15, 2017, from www.morganna.northernagency.co.uk.

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Are you still using soap instead of cleansers for your face?

Using regular soap for cleansing the face is one of the most common mistakes, that we observe, and our advice is for you to quit! “Oh, but it is the only thing that makes my face feel clean!” has become a common response…really? Does that feeling of incredible dryness that follows make you feel good?

As a rule of thumb: if you feel the need to immediately apply a moisturizer after cleaning, it means you are damaging your skin.

In its natural state our skin is perfectly well equilibrated. Trouble starts when we take that away by using the wrong products.

There is a kind of film in the natural state on the skin, the hydro-lipid film. This film is made of water (perspiration) and fat (sebum). It is intended to keep the skin supple and protect it.Soap will strip this film.What needs to be understood is that soap, just like dishwashing detergent has a very high pH, It’s an alkaline.It will therefore made your skin alkaline. This translate into the next 30 minutes to an hour of exposing your skin to all types of bacteria and irritants, especially for those with acne. There is a such a wide variety of cleansers available to us…I highly recommend using one of the following methods depending on your skin type

THE OIL CLEANSING METHOD #1 (mature skin)

  1. Pour a generous amount of your selected oil
  2. Massage your face with the oil for a minute or longer.
  3. Hold a face cloth under pouring hot water and squeeze until damp but steaming.
  4. Put cloth over your face and hold until it has cooled.
  5. Rinse off with water (YOU WILL NOT HAVE A GREASY AFTERFEEL)
  6. Moisturize face.

My secret is to avoid tap water which is very hard and limestone and which weakens and dries up the skin

 

 The double layering or double cleansing is very popular (all skin types) 

  1. Massage your cleansing oil into skin for 30 seconds
  2. The goal is nourish dry skin
  3. It will remove any excess sebum on mix or oily skin types
  4. Once you apply water it will emulsify and you can then rinse off
  5. Apply a Water based cleanser
  6. Favor circular motions on face and neck.
  7. Rinse and moisturize

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step one allows you to remove make up and other impurities thanks to oil

Step two allows you pamper your skin and treat problems like dehydration and redness

PS: Once a week: Deep Exfoliation

Gently exfoliate your skin. Exfoliation is a process of gently rubbing the skin to remove dirt and dead skin cells. By exfoliating your skin in this way, you will prevent the pores from getting clogged and you will help the skin of your face to look cooler and lighter

Are you using the correct Instant face lifting cream?

We all want it; that elixir of youth that will make us look instantaneously 10 years younger before we are done brushing our teeth.  When you see the disclaimer “ Results may vary” particularly in the world of skin care, that is partially because there are factors such as type and condition of your skin that cannot be controlled by anyone.

It is really up to the consumer to know and find out the small details that can make all of the difference in the type of results that you obtain.

Sometimes it can simply be confusing dry skin VS Dehydrated skin. Yes, there are major differences between the two, starting with the fact that dry is a skin type and dehydrated skin is a condition.

Skin care formulators and science have been able to develop many ways to give us what we want; Instant, Instant, and Instant….but do we ignore the basic principles behind taking care of one’s skin.

Knowing your exact skin type or condition can help you obtain those Instant and rapid face lifting results we all want.

DRY SKIN

If you have a dry skin type, it means you’re lacking oil. You were born this way, and you’re dry everywhere else on your body including hands, scalp, legs.

  1. Lacks Sebum (Oil)
  2. Is a natural skin condition from birth
  3. Feels dry all over, including hands and on scalp
  4. is more susceptible to aging
  5. Always needs moisture

Dehydrated skin

It’s hard to describe dehydrated skin, since feel it can present itself differently in many people. However, it’s generally skin that appears lackluster and dull, “tired,” and when pulled taut, it almost seems to wrinkle a bit. Dehydrated skin doesn’t “bounce back” easily and is more prone to congestion (bumps, blackheads) and acne.

  1. Lacks water
  2. Any skin type can be dehydrated
  3. Can feel oily and dry at the same time
  4. May experience breakout
  5. Needs Water giving products
  6. Is influenced by diet, environment

Simply described, if you feel your skin is dry underneath under an oily layer on top, most likely you have dehydrated skin.

The fact remains that: For many people, the type of skincare products they’re using can make all the difference

We highly suggest Morganna’s Instant lift serum for dry skin.  The Sorghum has molecules that will actually bind to your skin, within minutes it will smooth out the wrinkles while keeping it protected all day long.

If you have a dehydrated skin condition, your skin is lacking water. This can be caused by lots of factors such as makeup, diet, incorrect product use, weather; it goes on. But here’s where it gets tricky: When skin is dehydrated, it creates more oil to make up for the missing water. This can cause breakouts, irritation and dry patches. Skin can even feel oily and dry at the same time.

Using Morganna’s Bellatox for Dehydrated skin will not plump your skin within an hour; it will also keep it hydrated for the next 24 hours until you reapply. As with all dehydrated skin we suggest layering, by applying your moisturizer on top of the Bellatox.

How the science of sensory evaluation fits into your everyday skin care routine

 

The science behind Sensory Evaluation of skin care products involves many of our senses. The look, the touch the feel of the product on our fingertips, on our skin has become a major requirement in determining if we will buy it again or not.

 

The way the product looks, feels, performs, effects the mood, and creates a special “me time” experience. The feel of a skin cream has as much power as the scent of a product has immense powers that trigger purchasing behavior, and helps to create a strong brand loyalty when introduced as part of product launch marketing strategy.

 

This has led to an actual science in sensory evaluation where studies are performed in order to obtain full sensory profile of the cosmetic product. Research on sensory evaluation needs to be linked to research on product aesthetics, product meaning, and product emotions. Cosmetic ingredients are developed for their technical functions- but also for specific sensory targets.

 

Say we want to develop a new anti-aging serum, since the definition of a serum is not very precise, and the palette is therefore quite broad, ranging from melting jellies melting with the skin to nutritive oils. What, in this case, are the criteria that define a serum? Rather, they are qualities related to its use, such as.

 

Viscous liquid that makes it possible to put these highly concentrated in appropriate packaging – pumps, stylets, droppers.

It also has to be easy to apply, melt fast and have rapid penetration to give an impression of “fusion” of the active ingredients with the skin. It needs to have a non-greasy residual film, allowing the application in superimposition of a day cream.

This determines the scientist requirements for choosing the right ingredients to fit the profile of that particular serum.

The following criteria are usually evaluated by a panel of highly trained and qualified people, who know that a truly soft after feel cream means that it will feel like talcum powder and therefore will receive a 10 in the scoring ladder of 0 to 10

 

  1. Visual appearance of the formulation in the jar (gloss, lightness, transparency and water-like appearance)
  2. Feel of the cream in the jar (firmness, slipperiness, peaking and stickiness)
  3. Skin feel during absorption (ease of spreading, cooling effect, absorbency, thickness, rich feel and wetness)
  4. Skin feel after absorption (gloss, silkiness, slipperiness, film residue, rich feel and stickiness
    in the end the aim is to have our end user experience the cream or gel the way it was supposed to be felt.

 

Here are a couple of results from our two bestselling creams and lotions. Based on what our customers tell us, we know we have hit the mark of what they want

 

Here is a video of our owner explaining sensory evaluation: