Learning to formulate: What are cosmeceuticals?

I realized that I hadn’t really addressed the concept of cosmeceuticals before diving right into the topic. This is partially because my brain has been addled by the stomach flu and partially because I didn’t have ‘net access for three days. So let’s take a step back… So what exactly are cosmeceuticals? There is no...

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Cosmeceuticals: Niacinamide

Niacinamide (aka Vitamin B3 or nicotinic acid) is an absolutely fascinating cosmeceutical and one that has a lot of science to back up the claims! It’s a water soluble vitamin that can be found as a powder we add to the heated water phase of our products. So what can this amazing vitamin do? The...

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Learning to formulate: Some thoughts about cosmeceuticals

As I mentioned, I feel like I’ve tweaked moisturizers to death, so here are a few ideas for ingredients you can include in your products. I can’t stress enough the idea of making a basic moisturizer then adding ingredients once you see if your skin likes it – give it a week before deciding, unless...

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Fruit acid complex or Multifruit BSC (updated)

Fruit acid complex or Multifruit BSC is a great way to get alpha hydroxy acids into your products in a way that is easy to use and hard to over-do. With an INCI Water & Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Extract & Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract & Acer Saccharinum (Sugar Maple) Extract & Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange)...

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Alpha-hydroxy acids

Alpha hydroxy acids or AHAs come in many forms, but we are probably most familiar with the glycolic (this lovely molecule), lactic, and citric acid versions of this water soluble carboxylic acid. I’m sure you’ve read a million times how fantastic AHAs are for our skin, but how do they work? The official statement is...

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