This chapter has been all about the creating formulations.
I have been looking at exactly what is involved, when it comes to creating your own home made products.
To finish this chapter, we wanted to dispel some of the common myths that circulate around the skincare industry.
Antioxidants work like preservatives
This is incorrect; antioxidants only help to prevent fats within a formula from going rancid.
Preservatives actively help to eliminate bacteria and mould growing in your products.
Skincare creams should be free of preservative
I disagree; all of the Naked Chemist products contain preservatives
Any product that contains water encourages bacteria and mould which is really dangerous!
If you’re interested in finding out more information on this subject, you may find the article what are parabens useful.
Lotion does not need to be within a reasonable range of the pH of your skin:
As an aesthetician, I am always amazed at how many people believe that your skin somehow, naturally balances itself!
Maintaining the pH of your skin is vital, it is our protective barrier and needs to stay stable.
If you use astringent products, these can potentially strip the skin, creating inflammation.
This will undermine the barrier function, leading to breakouts, infection and sensitization.
This is a topic that is covered in greater detail in the article, the soap and water debate! Click here to find out more.