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DID YOUR KNOW ALL SKIN TYPES CAN BE DEHYDRATED?

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:  Face is dry and has a rough texture that is commonly referred to as “crocodile skin”. Dehydration also affects skin’s firmness and if you are young makes it seem like premature wrinkles.

Oily and Combination skin types will look more shinny produce more sebum or even have commedons, because there is not enough water to flush out the excess sebum.

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

  • Feeling of tightness and discomfort that lasts all day
  • Itchy or itchy skin
  • Skin that wrinkles when pinched with fingertips
  • Dull complexion without radiance
  • Visible signs of desquamation (skin dandruff on the surface)
  • Dartes (rough patches of skin)
  • Presence of oily areas on the sides of the nose, forehead or chin despite a predominance of dry skin throughout the face

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 skin care routine (such as the use of serums, creams or exfoliating masks, based on AHA or retinol for example)

At the first signs of dehydration, avoid …

  • Drying your skin in open air after a shower: drying by evaporation increases water loss.
  • 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(EXCEPT DURING PANDEMIC TIMES).
  • Fats: remember that the best cream for dehydrated skin does not contain lipids. Your skin doesn’t need oil, it needs to be rehydrated. Using a fatty substance may accentuate the problem of oily areas and even create comedones (blackheads) or acne

HOW TO Care for 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 + twist of lime of fruits 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 swallow a large amount of water at once, to rehydrate properly, you should drink small amounts throughout the day.

2) Balance your lifestyle

How to have beautiful skin? It’s very simple: first and foremost, you need to have a healthy and balanced lifestyle! A healthy body and mind contributes significantly to healthy skin through the regulation of biological systems.

  • Sleep a minimum of 7 hours per night
  • Eat well
  • Knowing how to manage stress
  • No smoking
  • Do physical activity

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 ZINC OR TITANIUM DIOXIDE BASED ONLY

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.

 

How to recognize oily skin or “shiny skin”

Unlike combination skin, which has areas of dry skin on the cheeks and temples, oily skin is completely covered with an oily substance secreted by the sebaceous glands: sebum. Designed to protect the epidermis from drying out and prevent the penetration of bacteria, sebum is normally found in small amounts on the surface of the skin, similar to a thin protective film.

In people with oily skin, the overactive sebaceous glands called hyper-seborrhea produce more natural oil, which makes it look shiny.

Here’s how to recognize oily-type skin:

  • Dilated and visible pores all over the face
  • Oily feeling to the touch
  • Thick skin when pinched
  • Lack of dry skin areas in the face
  • Prone to acne skin or blemishes
  • Dull complexion
  • Often accompanied by an oily scalp

When it comes to oily skin:

Have you tried everything: oily skin cream? homemade face mask recipe?, absorbent papers and you still get shiny during the day?

Here are some external factors that are often underestimated, but which can stimulate the sebaceous glands and lead to the overproduction of sebum:

  • Climatic conditions (mainly heat and humidity)
  • Toxic agents of the environment such as tobacco and pollution
  • Neglected skin hygiene
  • The use of inappropriate or irritating cosmetic products
  • Hormonal factors: pregnancy, adolescence, and others
  • Heredity
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Tiredness
  • Fatty or very sweet foods
  • Excessive use of cosmetics
  • Excessive or abrasive cleaning of the skin
  • Certain systemic conditions such as Parkinson’s for example
Here are some tips to prevent hyper-seborrhea

Contrary to what you might think, oily skin is fragile. It reacts strongly to things that disturbe it by secreting more oil to protect itself which can create other problems such as the development of blackheads and acne.

You can avoid making the problem worsen by these simple steps

  • Do not touch your face during the day: bacteria in the hands can infect pores clogged with excess sebum secreted by the skin, promoting inflammation and acne.
  • Do not use heavy makeup or cream cosmetics: they suffocate skin and block pores, promoting the creation of comedons.
  • Do not stay in the sun: despite the fact that it dries up pimples initially, the sun is not an ally! After a few days, it accelerates the production of sebum, as the skin tries to protect itself from its assault.
  • Do not try to strip the skin: astringent products intended to “degrease” the epidermis will only irritate it and stimulate an even greater production of natural oil.
  • Do not use skin care products that contain fatty substances: for example, a face cream or a cleanser made from cream or milk contains lipids which leave an unnecessary layer of oil on your skin. This will definitely block the pores.

Oily skin care Peelings, face masks, exfoliation: what do you think is the best solution for oily skin? You should know that behind his thick armor and protective shield hides sensitive skin, which requires appropriate care at home.

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Oily skin in both men and women is a condition that can be brought under control quickly with the right daily care!

 

How to pick your favorite Morganna’s Alchemy product according to your skin type

All skin types can suffer from dehydration. Each skin type has different needs, however. It is therefore essential to choose the right product:

  • For normal skin: It is necessary to try to distinguish dehydrated skin from dry skin. If it’s dehydrated, it’s best to avoid gel textures as they usually contain alcohol, which can irritate the skin.

Milk is ideal for normal skin

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  • For dry or sensitive skin: Use a product with a lipid base. This type of treatment contains fatty molecules that help retain water and nourish the skin.

The cream is ideal for this type of skin.

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  • For oily skin: Prefer a treatment with an aqueous base (water-based). In fact, in this case, it is a matter of hydrating the skin while avoiding making it even oilier. The gel-cream has been specially designed for oily skin.

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  • For combination skin: Combine a water-based moisturizer in the morning with a lipid-based (not too rich) moisturizer in the evening. The milk can therefore be applied in the morning and the cream (not too rich) in the evening.

 

 

 

 

What type of lotion to choose? The type of product depends not only on the type of skin but also on individual preferences.

  • Cream : The cream is often oilier and more nourishing and thicker, so it is particularly suitable for combination or dry and sensitive skin. It acts, however, mainly on the surface.
  • Milk : Milk is just as nourishing as cream, but it is sometimes less fatty and is therefore suitable for all skin types. Its texture is also smoother and lighter than cream.

 

  • Gel or gel-cream: Ideal for oily skin, its aqueous texture allows the skin to be deeply hydrated without leaving a greasy film.
  • The serum: The serum is mainly used under another lotion. Indeed, it penetrates very deeply and thus helps hydrate the deepest layers of the skin, which is essential to fight against the aging process.

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  • The oil: The oil is, of course, fatter, more penetrating and more nourishing, although there are dry oils that do not form a greasy film to the touch. It acts more in depth than cream.

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For your body, you can choose a balm, a cream, or a milk, according to your preferences. The richer the treatment, the better because,

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unlike the face, the body is covered by clothing all day and therefore lacks oxygenation. However, the skin of the body is generally drier than that of the face and the rich treatments penetrate better because they are more oily.

How to take care of dry to very dry skin?

 

If you have dry skin all the time, but you do not have pathological conditions (redness, peeling (peeling skin), plaques, itching, etc.), the care is as described above. In the event of extreme drought or particular ailments, it is better to choose an adequate treatment adapted to the problem. Thus, atopic skin, for example, can opt for specific care, just like those suffering from psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis.

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N.B .: to hydrate your skin, you must start by hydrating your body well. So make sure you drink enough water throughout the day, especially in summer, but also in winter!

 

What’s My Skin Type? Why Is It Important?

In order to make the right decisions in your skincare it is important to know your skin type. Here is how.

  1. In the morning when you wake up, wash face with my usual cleanser, with your fingertips, without rubbing.
  2. Rinse with lukewarm water, neither too hot nor too cold, dry by dabbing without rubbing
  3. Don’t use any moisturizer or cream.
  4. After an hour, apply a paper towel all over your face.

Observe.

1.Clear, oily marks appear across the entire towel. My pores are dilated especially in the middle area (nose, forehead, and chin).

You get pimples occasionally, when you’re tired or around your period. – My skin doesn’t pull. Your skin is oily.

My pores are enlarged all over my face. I get pimples on a regular basis. – My skin is oily; acne-prone

 

2 You feel discomfort and your skin tightens. Your skin is oily and dehydrated. Sharp oily marks appear only on the middle area (forehead, nose, chin). pores are hardly visible on the cheeks, more visible on the middle area. –  skin is mixed

  1. Slight greasy marks appear on the entire towel. pores are tight, barely visible all over face. skin is normal .There are no greasy marks.
  2. feel discomfort, skin tightens. My pores are tight, barely visible all over my face. – My skin is dry.

If the irritation, pimples, friction produce dark spots. –  skin tends to be hyperpigmented.

 

TOP 10 Mistakes To Avoid When You Have Oily and Acne Prone Skin

Around 30% of adults age 35 to over 50, report having the occasional breakout or just plain old suffer from acne due to oily skin.  Oily skin concerns almost every skin type and every person.

Sebaceous glands produce sebum on the skin.  When there is an over production of sebum, it clogs the pores on your skin.

Through the oxygen that is in the air they turn into black heads and, acne.

Male hormones favor the production of sebum

Here is a list we have compiled to help you minimize these breakout and the formulation of black heads.

 

  1. The use of aggressive cleansing systems: Brushes, AHA’s BHA’s , purifying masks etc. use soft mousse
  2. Never forget to remove your makeup. We have all been guilty of this, but try cleansing oil. No cleansing wipes, use a soft cloth designated only for your face.

 

  1. Not hydrate your skin enough. Your skin is glowing, looks to oily; it might be because it is dehydrated.  Sebum is there to protect your skin, it is produced every day.  Use a very moisturizing emulsion with Mango butter, reapply if needed

 

 

  1. Don’t Be afraid to use vegetable oils. They can be great for oily skin, try light ones.  Nourish your skin with Nigell oil, or Jojoba oil. 3 drops heat in your hands and apply during one minute.
  2. PUT AWA THE Mattifying products, powders, mattifying creams its an aggression on your skin, and it makes the sebum just come back because you are annoying your skin.
  3. When you are using prescribed medications such as retinoids, anti acne etc: put it only on the spot where it is needed. As soon as you are better, forget about those products!!! They break the skin barrier and provoque dehydration
  4. Stop switching products constantly.  Try a a new products for at least two cycle of 3 weeks , if it works stay with this product
  5. Purifying masks: Clay etc… we will talk about this in a separate blog post (SERIOUS ACNE) apply 2 drops of oil, apply the green clay a thick coat, NEVER EVER LET IT DRY. IF you have serious acne with REDNESS and sensitivity try the yellow or white clay instead
  6. Cleanliness: Wash your hair, it can bring oil to your skin, do not touch your face, (bacteria) do not add wash your hands) Wash your brushes, Use your own towel dedicated to your face only

Change your diet (NO CHICK FILLET) No dairy…. Fruits and vegetables (carrots are best eaten cooked they give you 5 times more Provitamin A, haricots blanc, Omega3 linseed oil a small teaspoon full, selenium, zinc.

Is Your Skin Dry or Dehydrated? Know the Difference

 In a nutshell Dry skin is hungry while dehydrated skin is thirsty

 

 

The terms “dry skin” and “dehydrated skin” can sometimes be confusing, and yet it is not the same problem!

Dehydrated skin is a transient condition, when dry skin is a type of skin.

If dry skin and dehydrated skin are two different states, certain “risk factors” are common: extreme temperatures, skin aging, genetic inheritance, taking drugs or contact with aggressive products.

 

The terms “dry skin” and “dehydrated skin” can sometimes be confusing, and yet it is not the same problem!

Dehydrated skin is caused by the alteration of the skin’ barrier.

The hydrolipidic film is damaged, and the skin is more reactive to external aggressions.

Result: lack of flexibility, tightness in certain conditions (temperature and humidity of the place), and appearance of small fine lines or expression lines.

In dehydrated skin, these symptoms are not constant, they are temporary and appear periodically. For example, it is not uncommon to have dehydrated skin when winter arrives, because the skin loses its natural hydration with the cold.

How can I really tell the difference?

There are some typical clinical signs in dry skin:

  1. Tugging all the time,
  2. is rough / rough to the touch: we are talking about the “crocodile skin” effect,
  3. tends to be dull
  4. shows visible signs of dryness such as flaking (it is “peeling skin”) or sores (dry and scaly patches on the epidermis)
  5. lack of flexibility

 

  • You have dehydrated skin if:

. 1. Experience regular tightness, especially after being cleaned, in winter and in periods of high pollution

  1. Feel itching in specific spots: cheeks / cheekbones,
  2. NO flaking (white veil)
  3. Lacks flexibility
  4. Reveals the presence of dehydration fine lines at the corners of the eyes.
  5. Skin appears dull, lackluster and less supple

 

Dry or dehydrated skin makes the difference between hydration and nourishment

 

Are you going to nourish or hydrate?

Our skin is naturally made up of an aqueous part, which is a mixture of water and sweat. This aqueous part is supplemented by a lipophilic part, that is to say lipids, essentially sebum. On normal skin, these two phases are perfectly balanced, which allows skin to be supple and comfortable, with an adequate dose of water and lipids.

Water is the crucial element of our skin tissue, it travels from the dermis to the surface of the skin, hydrating all the intermediate layers in its path. This phenomenon is called Trans epidermal Water Loss. When skin is dehydrated, the hydro lipid film, which protects the skin and regulates its loss of water, suffers from deterioration. It no longer stops the loss of water, creating a lack of hydration.

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In dry skin, there is a natural lack of lipids in the skin. You can have dry skin without having dehydrated skin. In this case, the skin does not need hydrating care, but a nourishing care, which will nourish the skin with lipids to restore comfort. To have less dry skin, it is essential to nourish your skin, by providing it with lipids.

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This lipid intake will create a barrier, which will protect your skin from external aggressions. Thus, the skin cells remain well bonded to each other, maintaining the balance of the skin

How to treat dehydrated skin at home?

The First and always best answer! Water

To soothe dehydrated skin, the first simple and effective gesture: drink lots! You have to bring water to the skin tissue, and the hydration comes first through your diet. Try to drink enough (1 liter – 1.5 liters) throughout the day. This will relieve the feeling of tightness, but will also allow your body to eliminate a maximum of toxins.

What your skincare regiment should look like.

In the morning, boost the hydration of your skin with a serum and a day cream rich in fresh active ingredients

 

Try to use a gentle cleanser with no surfactants

Cleanse and remove make-up from your face only once a day, in the evening.

This will remove all makeup and pollution residue, which can speed up the dehydration process. Try using only a cleansing oil, in order to avoid irritating the epidermis

Opt for a night cream which will facilitate the regeneration of your skin tissue during the night.

How Do I Know if My Skin is Dry or Dehydrated?

Remember all skin types can also be dehydrated.

The terms “dry skin” and “dehydrated skin” can sometimes be confusing, and yet it is not the same problem!

Dehydrated skin is a transient condition, when dry skin is a type of skin

Dehydrated skin is caused by an alteration of the skin barrier. The hydrolipidic film is damaged, and the skin is more reactive to external aggressions.

 The Result: lack of flexibility, tightness in certain conditions (temperature and humidity of the place), and appearance of small fine lines or expression lines. In the case of dehydrated skin, these symptoms are not constant; they are temporary and appear periodically. For example, it is not uncommon to have dehydrated skin when winter arrives, because skin loses its natural hydration with the cold.

To know if you have dry skin, there are some typical clinical signs: You experience tightness, irritation, and even itching throughout the day.

It’s a persistent discomfort that has accompanied you since childhood; it’s your skin nature, not a passing state. In people with dry skin, it is not uncommon to see fine cracks on the skin, and sometimes even cracks.

 Although dry and dehydrated skins are two different things, certain “risk factors” are common: extreme temperatures, skin aging, genetic inheritance, taking drugs or contact with aggressive products. If the skin can be soothed with appropriate care, identifying the cause of dryness or dehydration is essential.

Dry or dehydrated skin: the difference between hydration and nutrition

To better understand the difference between dry and dehydrated skin, we must first understand the difference between hydration and nutrition of the skin. Our skin is naturally made up of an aqueous part, which is a mixture of water and sweat. This aqueous part is supplemented by a lipophilic part, that is to say lipids, essentially sebum. On normal skin, these two phases are perfectly balanced, which allows the skin to be supple and comfortable, with an adequate dose of water and lipids.

Water is the crucial element of our skin tissue; it travels from the dermis to the surface of the skin, hydrating all the intermediate layers in its path. This phenomenon is called Insensible Water Loss. When skin is dehydrated, the hydro lipid film, which protects the skin and regulates its loss of water, suffers from deterioration. It no longer stops the loss of water, creating a lack of hydration.

 

In dry skin, there is a natural lack of lipids in the skin. You can have dry skin without having dehydrated skin. In this case, the skin does not need moisturizing care, but a nourishing care, which will nourish the skin with lipids to restore comfort.

In order to have less skin, that is not so dry it is essential to nourish your skin, by providing it with lipids. This lipid intake will create a barrier, which will protect your skin from external aggressions. Thus, the skin cells remain well bonded to each other, maintaining the balance of the skin.

 

To soothe your dry skin, opt for a nourishing cream rich in lipids, or an oily serum adapted to your skin.

At Morganna’s Alchemy, we work a lot with Cold press Mango butter, an excellent hydrator with the many skin healing properties

4 basic necessities for perfect skin!

perfect skin

It is safe to say that we truly are living in the Golden age.  Modern technology has helped us go from an average life expectancy of 49 years in the early 1900’s to 74 years in the year 2014. Thanks to the advancement of Science, medicine, sports, a woman or man reaching 40 does not need to worry about not looking pleasing to others.  The progress does not apply to the oldest, as even the youngest people know that it is best to prevent rather than to cure disease, or in this case, skin aging.  Pollution, stress, smoke and sun contribute to over 80% of skin aging.  Yet, some of us do not even do the basics to protect this vital organ.  When we follow some basic rules of awareness for maintenance and prevention, imagine that we can even repair damage that has occurred.

1) Understand that Skin is an Organ

It is the main defense mechanism against exterior aggression, be it physical, chemical or microbial. It protects the body from drying and overheating.  It also receives touch stimuli through the sense organ.  Did you know that it syntheses vitamin D? Vitamin D is known to help us not be depressed.

2) Know Your Skin Type


Follow these easy steps to find your skin type (Normal, Oily, Combination, or Dry). Simply wash your face with a light scrub. Do not apply any product and wait an hour. Get a Kleenex and press on certain parts of the face: forehead, nose, chin. Find your skin type below:

Normal:  if after the hour there is no tightening feeling, no sebum anywhere.

Oily:  if there is excess sebum all over the face

Combination:  if the T-zone areas have excess sebum, and tightening around the mouth area.

Dry: if there is a tight feeling all over the face. No sebum

3. Exfoliate, Protect, Prevent, clean

Exfoliate:  Pass the age of 30; this should be as natural to us as brushing our teeth.  Depending on which system you use, it can only be necessary to exfoliate only two or three times a week.  Babies have smooth, soft skin because it is constantly renewing itself.  It is scientifically proven that after age 25 that process starts to slow down; going from a cycle of 28 days to almost three months.

Treat your skin:  There are so many good products out there that can help in preventing damage on the skin.  Make sure to always look for those which contain high amounts of anti oxidants.

Protect your skin.  Do not go out into the sun without sunscreen.  No matter, what you skin color!  The sun causes inflammation on our skin at the cellular level; that swelling leads to wrinkles, age-spots and all.

Always clean skin by removing make-up and any residue that may accumulate during the day.

4. Carefully choose your products.

Carefully choose your products by a. Reading ingredient labels, to get an idea of where the ingredient you are using the product is situated. b Knowing that all products are not the same in quality.  In our world today we had better be looking into organic or biodynamic.