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.
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.
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.
We’ve all heard this age-old adage, but is there truth to this cliche?
Psychological stress can negatively impact the health of your skin. Stress can cause unnecessary inflammatory reactions which reduces your skin’s ability to maintain its barrier. When the body is stressed, the skin sees an increase of cytokine and keratinocyte production, which triggers inflammatory skin conditions including psoriasis, eczema, alopecia 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:
- Practicing deep breathing exercises
- Maintaining proper sleep hygiene and getting enough rest
- Getting regular exercise
- Eating a balanced diet
The skin on the neck is much thinner than that of the face and these regions also contain fewer sebaceous glands. Without a natural emollient to nourish and protect it, it dries up easily and becomes vulnerable to degradation.
Here are 7 ways to help keep it gorgeous
- Use a clay mask
Clay masks help firm the neck, as they eliminate excess sebum thanks to their absorbent properties. In this case, do use white kaolin clay it contains Silicium which is very good for firming skin and leaving it purified and detoxified.
- Stimulate blood circulation
This practice inspired by yoga involves lightly and regularly pinching the skin while stimulating it, to activate blood circulation and therefore prevent premature neck aging or firming it up. This is more aimed at prevention than treatment of neck aging
- Try the “Kiss the Sky” method
This is an easy exercise to do every day. This exercise is perfect for firming the neck and avoiding a double chin. Sitting upright on your bed, tilt your head back and bring your lower jaw forward to put tension on the skin of the neck. Then take a deep breath and stretch your neck, puckering your lips as if you were to kiss the sky. Hold this position for ten seconds. Repeat three times releasing the tension and remember to breathe.
- More exercises for firming the neck:
Step 1: Straighten and lift the neckline
- Apply the cream from the center of the neckline to the shoulders.
- Place the palms of your hands on the upper chest
- Make a fan with your fingers starting with the index finger
Step 2: Smooth the neck
- Apply the cream up the neck
- Place the palms of your hands on either side of the neck
- Stretch the skin for an immediate tightening effect
- Remember your posture: keeping a dancer’s head is a daily routine.
EXTRA TIP: Did you know? Our outfits can have an impact on wrinkles and even contribute to the premature aging of our epidermis. For example, wearing a sweater that’s too tight, which will rub against the skin all day long, is absolutely not recommended.
- ADD Beta-Carotene to your diet and to your skincare
According to a recent study by the American Institutes of Health, it is enough to combine beta-carotene, found in many foods, and vitamin A, to be able to prevent and repair skin aging. This is why we often find it in the main ingredients of many anti-aging moisturizers and sunscreens. Beta-carotene has been shown to prevent the sun’s ultraviolet rays from damaging and aging the skin, while vitamin A stimulates the production of collagen and elastin fibers in the epidermis.
- Beta-carotene and vitamin A are found in foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes, kale, spinach, melon and apricots.
- The recommended daily allowance for vitamin A and beta-carotene is 30 milligrams
- Do get into the habit of properly applying to your cream
For the neck, heat the cream in our hands and apply it in small circles, from the center outwards, joining fingers behind the jaws. For the neckline, start by massaging horizontally, from the inside to the outside, keeping the hands flat. We then go vertically, from the bottom of the chest to the neck: the upward movement stimulates the cells responsible for the flexibility and support of the décolleté. Repeat the gesture until the cream has penetrated.
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.
- 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/
- One or more natural antiseptic active ingredients (Tea Tree, Rosemary, Grapefruit, Bisabolol, salicylic acid)
- 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/
- 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
- Floral waters will bring skin back to its Ph quickly. Use them right after the shower to neutralize your skin Ph
- Enzymatic peels are the better choice for exfoliation
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Hydrators: Hyaluronic acid, lactic acid
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.