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WHAT IS THE ROLE OF MELANIN IN OUR SKIN?

The sun is essential not only for the synthesis of vitamin D, which enables us to fix the calcium and phosphorus we need for our bones, but also for the prevention of depression, the regulation of our internal clocks, and to improve our ability to learn, among other things. While it is important to us, it is also extremely dangerous in high doses, and several visible and invisible forms of radiation can damage the skin.

It was thought that only UV rays affected skin cells, but recent studies have shown that  almost all types of light affect the skin. Depending on their wavelength, they cause various cutaneous malfunctions that accelerate the skin aging process, thereby changing the skin’s external appearance, redness, spots, lines, and wrinkles.

 

Melanin is a natural pigment found in many living things including humans. It is known to give skin its brown coloration. Its role is essential because it helps protect the skin against ultraviolet rays.

Its concentration in the human body defines the coloring of the skin, hair, and the eyes.

Melanin is an essential factor in skin tanning and plays a protective role for the skin. It is the latter that captures ultraviolet rays which are a factor in the degradation of human skin.

These ultraviolet rays contribute to the destruction of the skin by creating skin cancer, lesions, and skin spots. So, you need to understand that melanin plays a protective role in the skin against aging. It also improves the functioning of the nervous system to facilitate the speed of messages sent by the brain to reach others from the body, especially in people with melanoderma.

In humans, the type and concentration of melanin notably define the color of the skin, hair, and eyes.

The greater its concentration in the superficial layers of the skin, the darker the skin appears.

 

Melanin is involved in the mechanisms of tanning and plays an essential photoprotective role.

It can capture ultraviolet (UV) rays known to be harmful to the skin. There are 2 types of ultraviolet radiation can reach the skin and damage it: UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin and can cause significant damage. They are particularly involved in the development of wrinkles, skin spots, precancerous skin lesions and skin cancer. In high doses, UVB rays burn the skin. They also promote cancerous development.

Melanin, this little pigment in our skin, marginal in terms of everything that differentiates us from each other, plays an essential role in the protection of the DNA of our cells against ultraviolet rays.

 

While the natural melanin found in our skin really works to protect against UVA/UVB damage, there is also a non-GMO derived Melanin that can be added to your skincare routine that will help protect skin from the most damaging type of light which is HEB high energy visible light

Contained in our  EXPRESS Resveratrol cream https://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/morgannas-express/

It is called fractionated Melanin

It is called fractionated Melanin

  • Protects skin from harmful effects of HEV light
  • Prevents oxidative stress
  • Prevents the generation of an impaired barrier
  • Prevents skin aging that is generated though accelerated cell senescence
  • Prevents hyperpigmentation
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.

See our double cleansing set https://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/double-cleansing-duo/

 

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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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.