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Resveratrol to help fight dark spots and age spots

WHAT IS RESVERATROL?

 Resveratrol is a phytoalexin, which is an antibiotic substance that is produced by the plant when it is attacked by a microorganism. Its release in the plant helps limit the spread of damage caused by aggression.

Resveratrol is a chemical molecule from the polyphenol family. Polyphenols are molecules present in plants, known for their antioxidant properties.

This molecule exists in two different forms: a cis- form and a trans- form. We are talking about isomers. It is the trans- form which has the most effective antioxidant action and the one that we use in our Morganna’s Express Spot remover

What are the properties of resveratrol?

There are over 3 million studies currently that have been done showing its beneficial properties and how Resveratrol is now considered to be a “Youth Molecule”

  1. The properties of resveratrol may not only confer cardiovascular benefits in grapes and red wine, but also be the source of the therapeutic potential of several fruits, super-foods and medicinal plants.
  2. Antioxidant power. Resveratrol is often touted as a powerful natural antioxidant. And for good reason, since numerous studies have shown it to be able to oppose the accumulation of free radicals, these hyperactive elements responsible for a lot of damage within the body.
  3. Anti-aging effects. Its antioxidant properties give it an anti-aging action. By countering the damage caused by free radicals, resveratrol helps to fight against the premature aging of body tissues. In addition, some studies show that it may be able to activate certain longevity genes. It is for these different reasons that this active principle is used in cosmetic anti-wrinkle creams.
  4. Anti-inflammatory activity. Several studies have shown that it limits the secretion of pro-inflammatory substances. In this way, it can reduce or even prevent certain inflammatory reactions
  5. Anti-cancer action. Studies show that its anti-inflammatory activity also helps it fight against the development of cancer cells. This anti-cancer action of resveratrol has aroused the interest of many specialists.
IT’S A GREAT SHIELD. “it is also effective against pigment disorders by inhibiting an enzyme that causes dark spots,” adds Dr. Baxter

Resveratrol protects us from oxidation, this process of cell alteration caused in part by external aggressions and which the body cannot channel. Four out of five wrinkles are due to this phenomenon.

 

 

A study published in The Lancet shows that the antioxidant power of these molecules would be 10,000 times more effective than that of vitamin E. To benefit from it, do not put your nose outside without having applied a dab of cream rich in this substance on your face, cleavage.

 

 

In skincare:

Resveratrol fights Glycation: A phenomenon of “caramelization” of fibers under the effect of sugar which leads to the intensification of wrinkles and to an accelerated loss of elasticity and firmness. It is again a surprising capacity of protection that this marvelous molecule offers.

It also stimulates the production of two kinds of collagen. Type I collagen, present in the deep dermis, which maintains the skin.  As well as type III collagen, present between the cells, which ensures the density and the “bounce” of our features.

 

 

To understand the actions of Resveratrol we must also understand oxidation in particular skin oxidation.

 

 

What is skin oxidation?

Take an apple, cut it, and leave it in the open air … after a few hours, its flesh turns brown and dries up. Its oxidized.

Unlike the apple, our skin naturally produces antioxidants to protect itself. But these molecules reduce activity when the body is exposed daily to oxidizing factors such as stress, fatigue, pollution, smoking and of course the sun. To defend itself, the skin emits free radicals, in excess. These are the ones that over the long term eat away at the cells of the epidermis and cause age spots, hyperpigmentation, dark spots, wrinkles, and folds.

 

Why use antioxidant treatments?

To combat this phenomenon of skin oxidation in a targeted manner.  This is where the ‘Youth Molecules “ like Resveratrol come in.

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astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant with many studies showing its benefit for our skin

What are the best ingredients to combat Hyperpigmentation?

Before we can list the ingredients, we must first understand the causes of hyperpigmentation:

One of the biggest skin conditions is that which results from exposure to the sun.

When the skin receives excess melanin, small dark spots can form. This is what sometimes produces the phenomenon known as hyperpigmentation.

There are many causes for the appearance of dark spots: excessive exposure to the sun, age, hormonal changes, genetic predispositions or even skin trauma.

Depending on the factor behind the spots, hyperpigmentation can appear in different forms:

Melasma: This disorder is linked to hormonal changes and is made worse by exposure to the sun. Melasma results in the appearance of brown sheets distributed symmetrically on the forehead, nose and cheeks.

Hyperpigmentation. This conditions occur as a result of trauma (cut, burn), infection, a skin reaction to a drug, or skin disorders such as eczema or acne. In these cases, the skin can sometimes remain darker on the affected areas.

Lentigos. These are small round or oval brown spots. Lentigos can be related to age or to excessive sun exposure. They testify to an inability of the epidermis to deal with the harmful effects of UV rays. People with fair skin, are more vulnerable to the sun, are most affected by lentigines.

Freckles. They usually occur in people with blond or red hair, eyes, and fair skin. Freckles or ephelids are small brown spots that darken and multiply when exposed to the sun.

 

 

 

It was recently discovered that there are five different mechanisms that work together  causing the various hyperpigmentation issues mentioned above:

1 Basal cell membrane inflammation

  1. Tyrosinase
  2. Keratinocytes
  3. Mastocytes
  4. Inflammation

Here is a list of best current ingredients for Dark spots

 

 

Antioxidants prevent dark spots

When our skin is exposed to UV rays or pollution, it is invaded by free radicals which oxidize our cells and weaken our epidermis, causing the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots in the process. Now, most of the anti-free radicals used in cosmetics come from fruits or vegetables, which also need to protect themselves from UV rays.

Vitamin E or tocopherol: derived from oils and oleaginous plants, it acts in synergy with Vitamin C, beta-carotene and selenium by protecting cell membranes.

Vitamin C:

A powerful antioxidant, vitamin C has the ability to regulate melanin production and stimulate collagen synthesis. It neutralizes free radicals and protects against external aggressions causing photoaging, making it an ally of choice against pigment spots and scars. Vitamin C improves skin texture and awakens dull complexions, and is also a recognized anti-aging active.

Polyphenols: present in plants, especially fruits and vegetables, these micronutrients have very effective antioxidant powers.

An example is Resveratrol: Ultraviolet rays cause oxidative stress and consequently damage the skin. Premature aging results in an alteration of the connective tissues of the dermis, which is particularly rich in collagen. However, resveratrol seems to act both on the protection of collagen, but also on the filtration of ultraviolet rays.

 

Anti-tyrosinase agents

VITAMIN K:

Vitamin K oxide is necessary for the synthesis of prothrombin (factor II) and coagulation factors VII, IX and X. Vitamin K oxide blocks the formation of hemosiderin because it prevents extravasation of blood.

Its topical use is indicated in the prevention and treatment of postoperative hematomas

Niacinamide:

Also called vitamin B3, niacinamide stimulates collagen production and relieves many skin conditions. Anti-inflammatory and anti-aging, it visibly reduces pigment spots and scars.

Wild rose oil:

Rich in natural vitamin A, it is the regenerating vegetable oil par excellence, ideal for combating spots, scars or stretch marks. Also known as rosehip oil, it is an anti-aging oil mature skin loves

Bakuchiol:

Fortunately, this ingredient does not present any contraindication. For optimal effectiveness, combine bakuchiol with the other elements of your beauty routine. You can use it as a cream, mask or serum. Choose the treatment best suited to your daily ritual in order to effectively remove imperfections from your skin. In addition to fighting acne, bakuchiol boosts collagen production and reduces fine lines. Reducing age spots, it makes the skin more elastic and firmer

 

 

 

Exfoliators, effective anti-dark spots

They accelerate cell renewal to drive out browned keratinocytes and allow better penetration of depigmenting active ingredients.

Azelaic acid is an organic acid found in grains, such as barley and rye. It has anti-inflammatory properties and can suppress melanin production in the skin. Azelaic acid is milder than some other acids, and Madan says it’s safe to use during pregnancy, unlike retinoids. This makes it a great option, as many women experience melasma – a type of hyperpigmentation – during pregnancy due to hormonal changes.

How to use: Azelaic acid can be found in prescription creams as well as in prescription gel. There are also lower quality options available in over-the-counter serums and creams. It can be applied daily at a 20% concentration to help with hyperpigmentation

 

Mandelic acid

Mandelic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) used in chemical peels, but it can also be found in over-the-counter cosmetics. A small 2019 study found that a bi-weekly chemical peel of mandelic acid reduced post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation more effectively than other ingredients like glycolic acid or phytic acid.

Tranexamic acid

is an active recently introduced in the cosmetics sector due to its action in the treatment and prevention of hyperpigmentation of the skin.

It acts in inflammatory processes in which the production of melanin, the pigment that gives the skin its color, also participates.

By decreasing the synthesis of melanin, tranexamic acid acts as a depigmenting agent that prevents the formation of new melanin in hyperpigmented areas.

 

 

Sunscreen: What we want is a Zinc Oxide based sunscreen as it will irritate your skin, as chemical sunscreens do.  You can also try using a tinted BB Cream with an spf of 15 or above

 

Please Remember Blue light protection as well:

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How To Alleviate Menopause Symptoms

For something that happens to every woman at some stage in their life, and is a completely natural part of the female-cycle, menopause is something that isn’t as openly discussed or understood as it should be. A consequence of this is that many women go through this stage in their lives alone, unwilling to ask their doctors or approach their GPs on the matter, suffering through the symptoms without help. In this article we’ll look at some of the treatments and methods available that can alleviate the effects of menopause – first however, we’ll briefly look at the science behind it, and the possible symptoms that one can expect.

 

 

What Is Menopause?

 

Every woman is born with a set number of eggs, on average approximately two million in their ovaries, with around a thousand dying every month in their teenage years and beyond. This process continues until there are no more eggs in the ovaries – at which point menopause is reached. Officially it takes twelve missed periods for a woman to be in the menopause stage, although it is strongly recommended that any female should go to a doctor if they have not had their period for six months, regardless of age.

 

During her fertile years, a woman’s regular monthly cycle is supported by the release of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. As the body begins to run out of eggs, these hormone levels begin to change causing the physical and mental changes that most women experience. This change in hormone production can affect women before, during and after menopause and as such symptoms can last several years as the body adjusts.

 

Symptoms

 

Every woman’s body is different, and as such each person will go through menopause differently. There are a number of physical and mental changes that a woman’s body undergoes at this time, but here are some of the typical symptoms one might experience.

 

  • Hot flashes: these are sudden sensations of intense warmth and heat in the upper body, which can lead to sweating and red patches on the skin at any time. Night sweats can also sometimes be experienced in addition to or instead of these hot flushes.

 

  • Mood changes: as level of estrogen and progesterone drop, this hormonal imbalance can result in anxiety, mood swings, low mood, stressand panic attacks which can also cause sleeping problems.

 

  • Irregular periods: a primary sign that a woman is entering menopause are less frequent periods, that could also be lighter or heavier.

 

  • Vaginal dryness: this can start as the body approaches menopause together with itching and discomfort. These symptoms can also result in chafing or discomfort during vaginal sex.

 

  • Physical changes: one might experience various physical changes such as weight gain, change in hair volume, texture and colour, breast reduction and more pronounced aging of skin

 

  • Joint pain & muscle pain: many women experience soreness in their lower back as a result of going through menopause, ranging from mild discomfort to chronic pain.

 

 

Treatment and Tips

 

Whilst the number of different symptoms one might experience looks daunting, fortunately there are quite a few options available to treat and manage them:

 

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With the hormone imbalance being the root of most menopausal symptoms, HRT involves using

tablets, skin patches, gels and implants to relieve discomfort, address mood strains, and treat physical changes. HRT provides supplemental estrogen and a synthetic version of progesterone, and can be very effective. However, using it can increase the risk of developing certain health conditions, so always consult a medical professional before heading down this route.

 

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

 

Menopause is a difficult time for many women because it is the ending of a certain chapter in their natural biological cycle and the beginning of a new stage in their lives. This can create feelings of anxiety, stress and panic attacks – however CBT, a type of talking therapy, has been proven to help with resulting low moods and depression. In fact, this treatment even helps with some physical symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats, and aims to teach women how to adjust their mindset during the time of menopause and modify the maladaptive behaviors that contribute to particular problems.

 

Lifestyle Changes

 

A healthy lifestyle is always encouraged, but at menopause more than ever, eating a nutritious, balanced diet, and conducting exercise on a regular basis can improve some menopausal symptoms. Staying fit and strong whilst maintaining a healthy weight are all things that put the body in a better condition to cope with the complex changes it is undergoing.

 

 

Cannabidiol (CBD)

 

Studies have shown that Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD, can help treat the symptoms of menopause. Whilst other herbal remedies have been looked into as possible treatment options, none have been found to be as consistently effective. Not only can Menopause cause some skin conditions, it also disrupts certain chemical receptors within the body, leading to symptoms such as anxiety, back pain, and sleep disorders.

 

CBD can help in several ways. Taken as a topical cream and applied direct to the skin, CBD in creams and oils can help improve skin quality to the affected area. CBD oils and vapors can also restore the performance of disrupted receptors, consequently helping treat some associated conditions too.

Creams, Serums and Lubricants

 

As mentioned above, menopause can bring some noticeable changes to the skin and hair. You might find your skin looking dry, slack and thin, or notice sustained levels of hair loss. In addition to this you might find intimacy with your partner difficult as vaginal dryness is also a common symptom of menopause. These conditions can be effectively managed with the right kind of creams, serums and lubricants.

 

When it comes to skincare, be sure to moisturize with gentler products, avoiding irritable ingredients such as alcohol that could be harmful to sensitive skin. Hyaluronic acid in particular helps the skin stay hydrated.

For hair loss, there are products available which contain DHT blockers (DHT being the chemical that leads to this symptom) that not only restore volume but encourage scalp health also.

 

If you suffer from vaginal dryness that makes intimacy uncomfortable, lubricants are a quick and easy way to treat the condition, offering short-term relief to the pain and bringing enjoyment back to sex again.