Subscribers’ Q&A: What is the difference in function between Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate and Collageneer? Can I add Co Q10?

In the June Q&A, Jaime asked: What is the difference in function between Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate and Collageneer? Can they both work in one oil serum. Can I also add Co Q10? From this post: Collageneer (INCI: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil and Lupinus Albus Seed Extract) can be used at up to 2% in the cool…...

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Subscribers’ exclusive: Improving radiance and brightening skin: Ingredients to reduce hyperpigmentation (part two)

We’ve spent the last week looking at various ways we can “improve radiance” and “brighten skin”. On Monday, we took a look at using hydrating and moisturizing ingredients to increase hydration and reduce dryness. On Wednesday, we created a hand & body lotion for more humid climates, and Thursday, we created one for more arid…...

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Liquorice root extract

Liquorice root (or licorice root, if you’re American – INCI: Glycrrhiza glabra) is supposed to work as an anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-microbial, anti-irritant, demulcent, skin whitening, and wound healing ingredient when applied topically. Let’s take a look at what gives liquorice its awesome qualities. Liquorice root contains amino acids, flavonoids, phytosterols like ß-sitosterol and stigmasterol, coumarins,…...

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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 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 (updated)

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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