This month I have been planning for the coming year and playing with new product ideas for dry skin. The top three on my list are a natural facial moisturizer, a face serum, and soap. The soap was easier than I thought. I’ve already made my first batch of Lavender Vanilla Cocoa Butter soap. Now I’ve got to create packaging and pricing.
For the facial moisturizer, I’ve spent months researching the natural ingredients I want to use. They are ordered and on their way. While we’re waiting for those to arrive, I thought I’d tell you a little bit about each ingredient.
To make it simple, there are three main categories humectants, oils, and extra goodness. “Extra goodness” is a bit unprofessional (ha!), I know, but it’s more descriptive than just “additives.”
Humectant is a fancy word for something that moisturizes and draws humidity to itself from the air. I like to use glycerin as my humectant in my body mousse and my extra dry formula. It’s wonderfully moisturizing in Colorado’s arid climate, and it’s gentle on sensitive, dry skin.
Next are the oils. I’m going to branch out from my normal coconut oil because we’re dealing with facial skin here, which is very delicate, and it if you are acne prone, coconut oil may not be your best bet. I’ve never had a problem using it on my face, but acne is not much of an issue for me—dryness is! So, I’m going to experiment with safflower oil, rice bran oil, and fractionated coconut oil because they are great for mature skin, heh, which would be mine.
Safflower oil is very emollient and skin-penetrating. It has cell-regenerating properties and is filed with good vitamins. Rice bran oil is also very emollient and is filled with vitamins. It has a high amount of vitamin E in it and has great softening and moisturizing properties. Fractionated coconut oil is coconut oil that has had several of its fatty acids removed; it is in liquid form, absorbs easily and is deeply moisturizing.
And for the extra goodness, I’m going to use some hydrolyzed oat protein as a protectant to keep the dry air out and the moisture in, some panthenol (aka vitamin B5) to help with cell repair and regeneration, some essential oils for their own fabulous skin benefits and smell, and some botanicals like chamomile extract, lavender hydrosol, and aloe vera. These are good for healing and regenerating, soothing inflamed skin, and actively improving its appearance.
I’m waiting anxiously for my ingredients to arrive so I can begin. Wish me luck! I’ll let you know how it goes! Also, I’d love to hear what YOU’d like me to make for you—leave me a comment below.
P.S. In case you are wondering, I have gotten much of my ingredient information from Formulating and Creating Lotions and Creams by Susan Barclay Nichols and from my suppliers.