N-acetyl glucosamine (NAG) It is a bio-identical ingredient that can reduce hyperpigmentation in the skin, and has been shown to work well when combined with niacinamide. It can also increase hydration of our skin by increasing the production of hyaluronic acid in our skin. It can increase the collagen production and elasticity of the skin, increase the speed of wound healing, and increase exfoliation. Not bad for something you can use at 4% or so!
If you're curious, I bought mine from Lotioncrafter. And I used it in this silicone serum!
Phyto-oil C3 from Formulator Sample Shop (INCI Name: Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract & Ceramide 3). It has a suggested usage rate of 1% to 5%, and it's oil soluble. 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. Having said this, I can't guarantee that the Phyto-Oil will do all these things, but I'm really hoping it will!
We all know I'm a big fan of allantoin, so I'm adding it at 0.5% in this lotion.
I do love my cationic polymers, so I'm using quaternized rice protein at 2.5% in this product to offer skin conditioning. You can use any cationic polymer you like from polyquat 7 or honeyquat and so on. Use what you have!
ARISTOFLEX MOISTURIZER WITH NAG, ALLANTOIN, AND CERAMIDES
4% NAG (N-acetyl glucosamine)
2.5% quaternized rice
3% Yerba santa glycoprotein
0.5% liquid Germall Plus
87% distilled water
1% Aristoflex AVC
I love the idea of what it does, but I haven't had enough time to see any changes.
What will I do differently next time? I'll add the niacinamide at 2% because that helps boost NAG's efficacy. And I think I'll try using a thickener so I can get more of lotion consistency than a serum consistency. It's not a bad thing to have that consistency, but I do like a lotion!
Aristoflex AVC - light lotion with dimethicone and moringa seed extract
Aristoflex AVC - light lotion with pumpkin seed, allantoin, and sea kelp bioferment
Aristoflex AVC - a serum with Vitamin C and ferulic acid
Please note that, as usual, I have not been compensated in any way for using ingredients or writing about them on the blog. I have been sent free ingredients by Formulator Sample Shop that I am using in my products, but I do that because I love them! When I mention a shop, it's because I love that shop, not because I've been paid to like them! There are no ads on this blog and never will be!
For those of you interested in finding Aristoflex AVC, Michele at Windy Point Soap (Alberta) has it coming in a few weeks! If you're in Canada, this is a woo hoo situation for us! If you're in the States, your dollar is worth something like ten of ours, so order from her too and rejoice that you have spent way less than you expected!
It isn't a cheap emulsifier, but considering you only need 1%, the 500 grams I have will last a freakin' lifetime! If you are worried about cost, get 50 grams and see how you like playing with it. It's strange to make lotions cold, but so satisfying. Just make sure you use distilled water and the maximum allowable amount of your preservative to make sure you're preventing as much contamination as possible.
Join me tomorrow as we make another Aristoflex AVC lotion. Next week, we'll be taking a look at a few more cold process emulsifiers, like Emulthix and Sepiplus.