Weekday Wonderings: How to make a longer lasting lotion?

In this post, More information on calculations, Chris B from the Dish asks: I was just wondering what oils/butters you recommend adding to a lotion to make the lotion last longer on the skin? I have tried many of your formulas (love a few of them) but after about two hours, the moisturizing effect is gone…...

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What have we learned about formulating products for dry skin?

Let’s take a look at what we’ve learned about dry skin and about formulating products for dry skin! There are links o’ plenty and I really recommend that you click on them to find out more about each topic. This is intended as a quick summary of the last month, and if you want to…...

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Formulating for dry skin: Making an emulsified scrub

If I were to make a sugar scrub for dry skin, which ingredients would I want to include? Occlusives, emollients, and humectants! But an emulsifier scrub is an anhydrous product, so it’s hard to include things like glycerin or sodium lactate as they will come out of the product and make a mess. So what can…...

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Formulating for dry skin: Making a body butter

I know I keep saying the same thing, but when you make a product for dry skin you want to make sure you’ve chosen appropriate occlusive ingredients – allantoin, dimethicone, or cocoa butter – along with good emollients that contain linoleic acid, gamma-linoleic acid, or conjugated linoleic acid and good humectants. You want these things…...

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Formulating for dry skin: Toners continued…

As we saw in this post and this post, the pH of our skin care products is absolutely vital, and more so for facial products. When we’re creating a cleanser, toner, or any other non-lotiony product, we have to make sure we are testing our pH and ensuring that it will be in the right…...

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Chemistry of our skin: pH and our skin care products

As we saw yesterday, the pH of our skin is pretty important. Out of whack pH levels can lead to an increase in scaling, a decrease in hydration, and a possible increase in bacterial and yeast infections. In short, having an out of whack pH level can lead to dry skin and icky infections! (And…...

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Formulating for dry skin: Toners

A toner is a product intended to remove any cleanser and oils from your face prior to application of a moisturizer. For those of us with oily skin, it can do double duty as a moisturizer. For those of you with dry skin, it might not even be a step in your facial cleansing process,…...

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Formulating for dry skin: Creating a facial cleanser for a foamer bottle

This recipe is based off this one, sort of, so read it first, if you wish! And I really encourage you to read this post first – facial cleansers for dry skin – because I really do go into most of the detail necessary for you to create a facial cleanser in this post! Then read…...

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Formulating for dry skin: What other things could we include in our body wash?

We’ve created our basic body wash recipe and we’re happy with it…but we could tweak it further! (We can ALWAYS do more tweaking, but it takes real skill to know when to stop!) So what kinds of things we could do to this recipe to make it more moisturizing and what ingredients will increase the…...

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Formulating for dry skin: Creating a basic recipe for a body wash

Yesterday we took a look at various ingredients we might like to include in a body wash, so let’s take that information and create a basic recipe for a body wash so we can play with all those wonderful ingredients that will moisturize and hydrate dry skin! BASIC BODY WASH FOR DRY SKINHEATED WATER PHASE10%…...

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