Question: Why would you leave out preservatives for sensitive skin? What do I mean by “water”?

Sarah asks in this post, Lotions: Making a cream: I made an unscented cream yesterday for my friend with very sensitive skin. I left the cream in the bowl over night with a stainless steel spoon in it. Today I noticed on one side of the spoon the cream has been discoloured (purple in colour). From…...

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What do you want to know? Is water important or just a filler?

In the What do you want to know? post, Nicole asks: When I first started making anhydrous products, my opinion was that they were the best possible thing for my dry chapped winter hands and dry feet, and that lotions would be better for me for summer. My logic was that if some oil is good…...

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Formulating for dry skin: Impaired skin barrier ingredients

As the goal of this blog is to set you on fire rather than handing you matches, I thought we’d take some time to look at the ingredients that might benefit dry to really dry skin.  What do we know about dry to really dry skin? We know that really dry skin probably has an…...

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Blast from the past: Photoaging

PHOTOAGED SKIN (original post found here!) How do we define aging skin? It is skin that has… dermal and epidermal atrophy (sagging, wrinkling, coarseness) reduction in amount of collagen hyperkeratosis (thickening of the stratum corneum) reduced number of melanocytes, Langerhans cells, and fibroblasts shortening of the telomeres on our chromosomes reduction in sebum production What…...

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Formulating facial moisturizers – silicone based

A lot of the commercial moisturizers you see are pretty silicone heavy, and we know silicones are a great way to offer barrier protection (dimethicone) and behave as surface smoothing agents for aging skin. I can guarantee if my mom likes a moisturizer, it’s likely to be quite silicone heavy. They offer quite a lovely…...

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Formulating facial moisturizers for oily skin

Oily skinned girls can use moisturizers, too, but they’ll need some serious modifications because oils are not our friends! I’ve written about creating oil-free moisturizers in the past, but let’s take another look at this recipe! The key to making an oil free moisturizer is – wait for it – not to use oils (you…...

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Formulating facial moisturizers for wrinkled skin

If you have dry, wrinkled skin, we can modify yesterday’s recipe for dry skin by including a few more of those things wrinkled skin likes. Wrinkled skin likes emollients, surface smoothing agents, anti-oxidants, and AHAs, so let’s get that into our lovely facial moisturizer. Water phase: We can keep the water phase pretty much the…...

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Formulating facial moisturizers for dry skin

As we know, dry skin needs a lot of oils, film formers, and humectants, so we’ll modify our basic facial moisturizer recipe to include those ingredients. This recipe will be suitable for normal-to-dry skin as well, as long as your skin can tolerate oils. Water phase: You can include some lovely liquids in the water…...

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Formulating facial moisturizers – an overview

Before the lengthy series of posts on surfactants, we were taking a look at different skin types. So let’s take a look at formulating facial moisturizers! I’ll be using this basic facial moisturizer recipe as our starting point. BASIC FACIAL MOISTURIZER RECIPEWATER PHASE 77.5% water2-5% humectant of choice0.5% allatoinOIL PHASE8% oils4% emulsifier2% thickenerCOOL DOWN PHASE0.5%…...

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Formulating a creamy foamer facial cleanser

I love foamer bottles and I love lime green, so you know this bottle is a winning combination! And I love SCI – but can you use it in a foamer bottle? Yes! (I know! I was shocked, too!) I set out to create a foaming face wash filled with all kinds of interesting and…...

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