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 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’s a cosmeceutical? What’s an active? Part one – definitions

As a note, I started this series on Patreon in late October, but really wanted to add to it over on the new blog, so I’ll be posting the nine parts here over the next week or so… In the October Q&A on Patreon, Michelle asked: I am loving the latest e-zines with all the lovely cosmeceuticals....

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Member exclusive Q&A: How can I make this lotion more hydrating? (part two)

In part one of this question we reviewed Thais’s formula and did a little thinking. Today, let’s look at a few ingredients we could add to her product to make it more moisturizing or hydrating. Thais wrote to note that she used 10% hyaluronic acid gel (it contains 0.1% hyaluronic acid), so we need to...

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Member exclusive Q&A: How can I make this lotion more hydrating? (part one)

In the Patreon February 2018 Q&A, Thais asked: As I mentioned a couple of times before I’m really into making lovely serums and light lotions with cosmeceuticals. I received a few days ago, my bigger than intended order from Lotioncrafter and was “scared” of trying to play with some products, scared of mixing stuff wrong...

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Member exclusive Q&A: Where do you source retinol? Is it possible to create a water soluble formula with peptides?

In the December Q&A section, Sharon asked: Where do you source retinol from? In addition, is it possible to just create a water soluble formula with peptides (and humectants) without oil and the need to emulsify. I am not a big fan of gels as they seem to leave a residue under my eyes. I would...

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