DIY Anti-Aging Skin Care
Question: Would you like to see DIY Supply these Vitamins in a packet?
There is a plethora of active ingredients that may be bought through cosmetic ingredient suppliers and you will pay a small fortune for them. I have always said “quality does not have to cost you’re a fortune”. Many of the active ingredients that you may buying start losing their activity as soon as the container is opened. I don’t mean the container that you receive them in but the original container they may have come in. Vitamin A (retinyl palmitate) is one example. The supplier recommends that all the air is stripped out of the container after each opening. It is unlikely that supplier have this equipment and do this.
You may often get the same benefits at a fraction of the cost with ingredients purchased from your local health food store or pharmacy (in the form of powder or soft gel capsules). It is helpful to do your research when choosing your vitamins and avoid unwanted fillers etc. Some of the advantages of using encapsulated vitamins are:
- Big Savings. You may be able to spend up to 10 times less on skin care.
- You get the desired strength you want. Many times the concentration of active ingredients is too low to actually do any good.
- They will always be fresh as possible. Many natural and synthetic chemicals decay over time, lose their benefits and even become harmful. Often times they have already started to decay and the decay accelerates after you open it due to further exposure to air.
- The process is quick and simple.
Any of the following may be added to a cream or gel base. They are best added when the product is cool if you are making your own. Here are suggested usage rates for some of the most popular vitamins.
Add to 30 grams of Cream of Gel. Do not add the capsules, just the contents.
Vitamin E: 400 IU, preferably mixed d-tocopherols and d-tocotrienols. Vitamin E is fat soluble and can protect the fatty components of the cells, such as membranes as attack free radicals.
Vitamin A: 2 10,000 IU softgels. This essential nutrient may cause skin dryness. It is an anti-oxidant and may protect the skin from free radical damage. It may also have a modest benefit for skin texture and fine lines.
Lycopene: 25 mg softgel. Lycopene is a plant pigment of the carotene class. It is an effective antioxidant and a modest UV blocker. 30 grams of cream with 15 mg of lycopene has SPF3. It has the ability to improve some aspects of metabolism and cell to cell communication. If it fat soluble and easily mixes into cream.
Vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid) 1-1.2 grams or ¼ teaspoon per 30 grams of cream. Vitamin C is essential for the synthesis of collagen. Some studies have shown that topical vitamin C is and anti-oxidant and can help reduce skin damage. Dissolve this form in 5mls of distilled water first. This form of Vitamin C is highly acidic and may irritate your skin. Test it first on a patch for a day or two. One problem with this form of Vitamin C is that is easily oxidizes when exposed to air.
Vitamin C (ascorbyl palmitate)600 mg or 1/8th teaspoon per 30 grams of cream. This form of Vitamin C is fat soluble and there is less risk of skin irritation. It is more stable than ascorbic acid and easier to incorporate into creams.
DMAE: 300-600mg per 30 grams of cream. DMAE is a naturally occurring substance that is shown to have a skin firming effect. It can help prevent facial sag. It mixes easily with most base creams.
Lipoic Acid: 300-900mg in 30 grams of cream. This is a naturally occurring substance that benefits the skin by scavenging free radicals, reducing inflammation, improving cellular production and reducing heavy metals. It mixes well with most creams as it is fat soluble.
Niacinamide: 1000-1500 mg per 30 grams of cream. Niacinamide has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects. It can have possible benefits for a number of skin conditions including, acne, rosacea, and dermatitis. It has also been reported to improve lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmention, blotchiness and texture.
Co-enzyme Q: 250 mgs per 30 grams of cream.