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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.

 

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.

What is the Supercritical CO2 Process of Plant Actives?

Why Do we pick actives based on supercritical CO2?

Here are the primary reasons.

 

– It is a natural product, abundant in nature and available.

– It is non-toxic, inert, odorless, colorless and tasteless.

– Its use does not alter the products, and does not generate polluting residues.

– Inexpensive, it makes the technique attractive and viable.

The supercritical CO2 extraction technique is simply the solvent extraction technique, but using carbon dioxide in the supercritical state as solvent. Any supercritical fluid can be used as a solvent, but its low critical temperature (31 ° C) makes CO2 an easy to obtain solvent.

At the start of the supercritical CO2 extraction, the crushed plants are placed in cylindrical “baskets” fitted with filters at both ends. The baskets are then placed in the extractor, where a pump ensures the circulation of CO2 in the supercritical state. The essential oil is then dissolved in CO2 in the form of a fluid. This is then returned to the gaseous state and separates from the extracted compound, before being sent to the liquefier to be reused.

 

CO2, unlike some widely used solvents such as hexane, is not flammable and therefore safer.

Known for almost 25 years and frequently used in the food industry, pharmacy, chemistry and biochemistry, it is not yet widespread in the perfume industry, despite its many advantages :

 

 

  1. A) No chemical used

 

1) Odor very close to natural odor

 

The extraction is “clean”: no chemical which would distort the aroma of the plant is used. In addition, the critical point of CO2 being at 31 °, we can work at low temperature and avoid denaturing the product.

 

2) No CMR (Carcinogenic, mutagenic, reprotoxic)

 

Most solvents or synthesis aids (products used in the composition of perfumes and aromas) used in perfumery are CMRs: that is to say Carcinogenic, Mutagenic and Reprotoxic. Companies that use supercritical CO2 reduce the risk of employee exposure during operations, as well as the risk of air, water and soil pollution in the event of an incident during storage or handling.

 

  1. B) Very little loss compared to an ordinary solvent

 

Have You Heard About Vegetable Botox ?

Why the Paracress flower bud is my favorite?

Otherwise known as the toothache plant (Acmella Oleracea) The Paracress flower’ properties are what make us truly believe in the pure, potent power of plants and, their extracts.

It’s a story of a little plant that goes back hundreds and hundreds of years! The Incas were the first to thoroughly understand this flower and, used it in the form of a paste to treat any mouth ailments, thus the name toothache plant.  It has a powerful numbing effect and works great for inflammation of the gums, lips and mucous membranes of the mouth.

Oh’ and it’s pretty….. It is a small yellow bud with a red top; who would think it to have such powerful properties. Its uses around the world are vast. However, It is the main active ingredient of the plant, spilanthol , concentrated in the flower, leaves and roots, which is responsible for the particular taste, medicinal and cosmetic properties of the plant, and where our interest lies the most. The flowers and leaves of Paracress (A. oleracea )are known for their strong odor and pronounced taste, often referred to as an astringent.

 

Our  Spilanthol, is from Madagascar and helps us to obtain products that are fabulous anti-aging, densifying, firming, film-forming, which hydrate, sculpt the oval of the face and provide a lifting and smoothing effect!

How is Spilanthol so powerful?

There are 40  species  of the gene  Spilanthes and Acmella that are very important in all traditional medicines on the planet.  Here is the group of molecules that work together in a sort of entourage effect

The main classes of therapeutic constituents include alkamides (mainly spilanthol), coumarins, flavonoids, terpenoids and polysaccarides

Thanks to those molecules here is a list of applications for Paracress (electric daisy) flower

  1. APPLICATION IN PHYTOTHERAPY

The plant would have powerful anesthetic, diuretic, digestive, antiscorbutic properties. It used to be used to make toothpaste. Crunched, the leaves stop the toothaches.

Malagasy doctors recommend consuming watercress to combat malaria and heat fatigue.

  1. Culinary preparations

The raw and cooked leaves of (Paracress) mafane brède are used in much the same way as spinach and other leafy vegetables in salads and ready meals. Cooking tends to reduce the pronounced taste of the leaves.

The Dried or powdered leaves and flowers are also used as a spice or as a flavoring in chewing tobacco and beverages.

The flower bud has an initial grassy taste, followed by a pungent or anesthetic sensation that often increases salivation and provides a refreshing effect in the throat.

Spilanthol, the main active ingredient in the plant, is generally recognized as safe when consumed as a flavoring or food. It is usually eaten in parts of Asia and South America. It is relatively new in North America and Europe, except in sub-populations where it is part of the diet

You can even put it in your butter:

PARA CRESSON LEAF BUTTER:

Put 4 handfuls of leaves at the bottom of a container and add 100 g softened butter on top. The next day, you can collect the butter and separate it from the leaves. Keep some to form a case worthy of interest.

 

There is now a rum based on the Paracress flower check out the formula 

Rhum ambré de République Dominicaine 35°
+ Sucre de canne bio d’Amérique du sud
+ Miel bio d’Issigeac (Dordogne)
+ Fleurs de brèdes Mafane Bio (44)

 

https://sakaspirits.com/

 

 

  1. In traditional medicine : The leaves and flowers are used  in analgesic and anti-inflammatory preparations  for the treatment of dental pain. They  are also used  in stimulant preparations and antifungals for dermatological use. The roots are used strictly for therapeutic purposes to treat fever, rheumatism, flu, cough, malaria, obesity and snake bites.

Spilanthol the active ingredient is anti-inflammatory and anesthetic and is recommended in affections of the mouth (mouth ulcers, gingivitis) in the form of an infusion of the leaves to be used in gargling (30 g of leaves for 1 liter of boiling water). To treat abscesses, pain and tooth decay, it is advisable to chew fresh leaves

  1. In skincare cosmetics!

We saved the best for last

“Spilanthol the active ingredient in Paracress flower is used in various types of cosmetics preparation as a way to decrease the expression lines and to sculpt the jaw line”

We know that as our skin ages, there is a progressive disorganization of the dermal structure occurs that is responsible for the loss of firmness and elasticity.

Spilanthol is made from handpicked, flowers by selective harvesting of only the upper buds.  This automatically helps to protect the environment.

Our Face and body contours lose their definition and, we

acts deeply in the skin. By stimulating fibroblasts’ activity, it provides support to the collagen fiber network and restores firmness and smoothness of the facial skin and body

The EXTRACTION PROCESS

Done through Molecular distillation of alkyl amides,contained in the flower bud. There is also a long  screening of several purification technologies performed through short path distillation. This helps us to obtain an optimal concentration in active fraction.

The purity and high concentration of the active is what visibly smoothes skin and reduces crow’s feet wrinkles from the very first day of usage.

We also did Clinicals

 

  1. Improves Skin firmness and elasticity
  2. Reduces crepey appearance on the neck and décolleté
  3. http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LpR83Roybk

References:

According to the book “Plantas antimaláricas de Tumaco: costa pacífica Colombiana” (Page 316), Spilanthes americana is used against malaria in Tumacos in Colombia.

According to the book “Tzotzil Botany of Zinacantan” (Page 248), Spilanthes americana is used for wounds and fevers among the Mayan Tzotzil of Chiapas in Mexico.