TONER (Click here for the original post)Cucumber extract is an ideal inclusion in a toner! We want astringency and anti-inflammatory features. And it's good for normal to oily skin. Consider using a toner containing cucumber extract after shaving to help with ingrown hairs and redness. It'll add a little moisturizing and leave behind a slight gel layer on your skin to trap in the water and other good ingredients. (See below for more details)
Hey, why not consider adding a little rosemary or green tea extract to the mix? Add a second extract the same way you're adding your cucumber extract - dissolved in warm water in the cool down phase.
LOTIONS (so many posts, too many links...)
Add to your lotions for astringency and anti-oxidizing power, as well as the anti-inflammatory effects in the cool down phase after dissolving.
Sorry, you're out of luck here. Cucumber extract is water soluble - if you can't dissolve it in water, you can't add it.
AN EXAMPLE PRODUCT - AFTER SHAVE SPRAY
Let's say I was formulating something for my husband...an after shave spray. What would I want to include. Well, since this is a post on cucumber extract, I'll include that at 0.5% in the cool down phase to offer anti-inflammatory, anti-reddening, and soothing features. It'll offer some moisturization, and the light coating of polysaccharides won't be a bad thing. I also like the analgesic properties it offers, so we're definitely including cucumber extract!
What else would we want to include? For an after shave, inflammation and soothing is vital, so I'm thinking a little aloe vera juice and lavender or rose hydrosol, all of which offer anti-inflammatory or analgesic benefits.
I think I'd like a little rosemary extract in here. It offers a lot of the same qualities as cucumber extract, but I like the layer of oil it lays down for occlusion and the increase in blood circulation on the skin. It also offers anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, so I'll add that at 0.5%.
I always include 2% hydrolyzed protein for film former, 2% panthenol for wound and burn healing, 0.5% preservative, and a humectant. I'm thinking either glycerin at 2% or sodium PCA at 2%. Sodium lactate isn't a good option here as it can make skin sun sensitive. (My husband has vitiligo, so he's already really sun sensitive, so this would be a terrible addition!) And I will include 3% honeyquat to offer more humectancy and skin conditioning. If you wanted, you could include 0.5% salicylic acid here to increase the power to combat ingrown hairs (or 0.5% white willow bark extract).
AFTER SHAVING SPRAY
10% aloe vera
2% sodium PCA or glycerin or other humectant of choice
3% honeyquat or conditioning polymer of choice
2% hydrolyzed protein (I'm using phytokeratin here)
COOL DOWN PHASE
0.5% cucumber extract
0.5% rosemary extract
Heat and hold the water phase ingredients for 20 minutes at 70˚C. Remove a little hot liquid from this phase and dissolve the extracts in it. When the liquid reaches 45˚C, add the cool down phase ingredients. Let cool to room temperature, then bottle in a spray bottle.
Join me tomorrow for fun formulating with chamomile extract!