Should I be Using Retinol? Moisturizing Retinol Elements…

I’m sure you’ve heard of it, but are you using it yet? Retinol is probably one of the most popular, controversial, complicated, and expensive skin care ingredients. Do you have questions? Have you tried it before? What did you think? How did your skin react? Will it help your skin look better as we come […]

What I’m using in 2019

Now introducing my newest ingredients! What I’m playing with and what I’m interested in. I love trying new ingredients and creating new products. In this video I introduce you to Octyldodecanol, AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) & BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) Fruit Extract Acids, Polyhydroxystearic Acid from castor oil, Retinol and Vitamin C in the form […]

My Favorite Ingredient (Hint: it’s probably yours too, but for cooking not cosmetics)

I probably could have talked about this subject all day! Commercial companies don’t tend to use olive oil in their products for a couple of reasons; first it tends to be more expensive and second they are a little more challenging to use. But once I got a handle on all the ways olive oil […]

What is My Acid Mantle and What Does it Have to do With Healthy Winter Skin

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia “The acid mantle is a very fine, slightly acidic film on the surface of human skin acting as a barrier to bacteria, viruses and other potential contaminants that might penetrate the skin.[1] Sebum is secreted by the sebaceous gland and when mixed with sweat becomes the acid mantle. The pH of the skin is between 4.5 and 6.2, slightly acidic.[2][3] Since blood is slightly alkaline (7.4), pathogenic bacteria that become […]