Member exclusive Q&A: What’s a cosmeceutical? What’s an active? And how much can we use of these things in combination? Part nine – creating a product with anti-aging actives

Yesterday, we looked at combining AHAs, Vitamin C, DMAE, and genistein for an anti-aging powerhouse combination! Let’s create a gelled product today. Previous posts in this series: What’s a cosmeceutical? Part one – definitions What’s a cosmeceutical? Part two – categories What’s a cosmeceutical? Part three – things to consider when formulating What’s a cosmeceutical?...

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Membership exclusive Q&A: What’s a cosmeceutical? What’s an active? And how much can we use of these things in combination? Part eight – analyzing a few combination of anti-aging ingredients

Yesterday, we reviewed some ingredients that might be considered to be anti-aging actives. Let’s review a few more today! Previous posts in this series: What’s a cosmeceutical? Part one – definitions What’s a cosmeceutical? Part two – categories What’s a cosmeceutical? Part three – things to consider when formulating What’s a cosmeceutical? Part four –...

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Member exclusive Q&A: What’s a cosmeceutical? What’s an active? And how much can we use of these things in combination? Part seven – analyzing a few combinations of anti-aging ingredients

Yesterday, we analyzed an eye gel to see if all the ingredients worked together. Let’s create another product for an anti-aging lotion that might help with age spots or uneven skin tone. Previous posts in this series: What’s a cosmeceutical? Part one – definitions What’s a cosmeceutical? Part two – categories What’s a cosmeceutical? Part...

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Member exclusive Q&A: What’s a cosmeceutical? What’s an active? And how much can we use of these things in combination? Part six – analyzing another formula

We’ve been taking a look at cosmeceuticals trying to answer the question – how much is too much when it comes to using or combining cosmeceuticals. Previous posts in this series: What’s a cosmeceutical? Part one – definitions What’s a cosmeceutical? Part two – categories What’s a cosmeceutical? Part three – things to consider when...

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Member exclusive Q&A: What’s a cosmeceutical? What’s an active? And how much can we use of these things in combination? Part five – the formula

Over the last few days, we’ve been looking at cosmeceuticals to find some kind of answer to the question – what’s the limit on using these kinds of active ingredients? Yesterday, we looked at some ingredients we might like to use together to see if they were compatible. They were, so let’s take a look...

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Member exclusive Q&A: What’s a cosmeceutical? What’s an active? And how much can we use of these things in combination? Part four – considering a formula

Let’s analyze a potential formula here to see if I can include all the ingredients I want. In yesterday’s post, we set out a list of things to consider when making something, and I’ll review that after we consider all our products… If I were to make an oil free gel for my rosacea prone skin,...

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Member exclusive Q&A: What’s a cosmeceutical? What’s an active? And how much can we use of these things in combination? Part three – things to consider when formulating

Two days ago, we started this review of cosmeceuticals by looking at different definitions. Then yesterday, we established different categories for these ingredients. Let’s continue this discussion… Here’s the problem with these categories: They can be a bit vague. What does anti-aging mean? It means that something might treat the signs of aging, like age spots, hyperpigmentation, fine...

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Member exclusive Q&A: What should be the pH of our finished products for willow bark extract?

In yesterday’s post, we started a discussion on the pH of our products when using AHAs. Today, let’s take a look at willow bark as per Marta’s question in the January Q&A! I’m a big fan of willow bark extract as it contains all that lovely salicylic acid, but it’s far easier to use in...

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Member exclusive Q&A: What should be the pH of our finished products for fruit acid complex?

In the January Q&A, Marta asked: What is the recommended pH for a facial product containing fruit acid complex or willow bark extract? You have discussed concerns about a pH being too low in formulations containing (straight) alpha hydroxy acids or salicylic acid. Yet, should one be reducing the pH in a product containing fruit acid...

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Member exclusive Q&A: Can I add things to a hyaluronic gel formula?

In the December Q&A, Christine asked: My mom has a Peter Thomas Roth “water drench ” that she loves. The label says “75% HA with sodium pca, silk proteins mineral complex” Was wondering how this differs from the standard recipe from lotioncrafter, or even the HA/B5 duplication lotioncrafter has. (As far as amount of HA)...

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