ANHYDROUS EYE SERUM WITH CERA BELLINA
10% borage oil
20% macadamia nut oil
14% fractionated coconut oil
10% calendula oil
12% kukui oil
4% sea buckthorn oil
5% green tea extract (oil soluble)
5% phyto oil
10% cera bellina
10% mallow extract (oil soluble)
Why did I choose the ingredients I chose? As I've mentioned in previous posts, I really think we need some drier feeling oils in the cera bellina products, so I chose macadamia nut oil and kukui nut oil for those reasons. Borage oil is not only dry feeling, but it contains some great fatty acids that help with speeding up skin's barrier mechanism repair. I like sea buckthorn oil - and it turns out I have a whack of it in the freezer! - but it's quite orange, so I can't use it in large amounts. 4% seemed like a good idea. And I used fractionated coconut oil to add more oils to the mix without being too heavy or oily.
I added some calendula oil because it has some qualities I really want in an eye gel, such as dealing with inflammation and regenerating skin cells. I thought I'd add the green tea extract (oil soluble) as the anti-oxidant. I thought I'd include some mallow extract (oil soluble) for the slipperiness it can offer.
I bought the green tea extract (oil soluble) and mallow extract (oil soluble) from Brambleberry, in case you're curious! I have no affiliation with Brambleberry other than as a customer who loves their stuff!
An aside on ceramides...Ceramides are essential for the normal organization of our tissues into structures that are responsible for keeping the barrier function of the skin functioning well, like preventing transepidermal water loss and keeping other things out. They are found in our skin at about 50% by mass. A decrease in ceramides - through aging, exposure to high or low temperatures - can lead to dry skin and itchiness due to a decrease in the efficacy of the stratum corneum's ability to keep water in and other things out. (Learn more about ceramides through Wikipedia!) Having said this, I can't guarantee that the Phyto-Oil will do all these things, but I'm really hoping it will! Which is why I thought it would be awesome in an eye product!
In the interest of complete disclosure, I was sent some free ingredients from the Formulator Sample Shop. The Phyto-Oil was one of those ingredients. Click here for their information on this ingredient. I am not affiliated with this company in any way, and my opinions are my own.
What would I change? Hmm...I might include Vitamin E at 0.5% to 1% as an anti-oxidant and softening ingredient. I might change the fractionated coconut oil for an oil with more phytosterols or other skin loving stuff, but I'm not sure which kind. I'd love more sea buckthorn oil, but I worry about the colour. Up to 6% might not be a bad thing. I'm quite happy about this eye gel, so there's not a lot I want to change.
I think I'm done with cera bellina for a bit. I have so many other ingredients I really want to use, such as Lipidthix! Join me tomorrow!