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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
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.

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.