Haute couture aka high end prestige skin care products are easily imitated by incorporating trendy ingredients into a base cream such as Marine-derived ingredients, Epidermal growth factor, Neuro-Peptides, Blue Lotus Extract and Pomegranate extract. You can purchase potent active ingredients to super charge your creams and moisturizers. A little goes a long way – literally a few drops per ounce.
Base Cream Recipe
This simple cream can be used to carry active ingredients, essential oils and herbal extracts for external application. It will keep well in the refrigerator for up to 2 months. Base Cream Recipe
- 8 g/2tsp beeswax (granules or grated)
- 10 g cocoa butter
- 30 ml/2tbsp almond oil
- 15 ml/1tbsp wheatgerm oil
- 45 ml/11/2 fl oz/3tbsp spring water
- 1 tsp borax
- Heat the beeswax, cocoa butter and base oils together in a bowl over a saucepan of water until the ingredients have melted.
- Warm the spring water in a saucepan and dissolve the borax in it.
- Take the oily mixture off the heat. Slowly add the spring water mixture to the oily mixture and stir until cool.
- Add the essential oils or herbal tincture. Sore is a dark glass jar in the refrigerator.
- This recipe makes approximately 100g/3.5 oz.
- When blending your own skin care, you may be tempted to think that more is better, but when you are using 3 or 4 active in one cream, you are really overdoing it. You will just irritate the skin. A fruit juice contains 90% water. If you added too much fruit concentrate, it would be too sweet and acidic and spoilt. The same applies to skin care. Too much actives and the product doesn’t blend well and it burns the skin and its money down the drain. Too many active ingredients counteract the effectiveness of the product. When using an active ingredient, it is important to use only the exact amount specified on the direction.
Top skin care lines and brands are imitated by incorporating active ingredients into a base cream such as:
Marine-derived ingredients(seaweed, kelp) Active ingredients found in La Prairie, Le Mer Creme
Epidermal growth factor, found in Celebrity facialist, Tracie Martyn’s products and RVive skin care.
Neuro-Peptides, Available in Dr. Nicholas Perricone Skin care products.
Blue Lotus Extract, featured inElla Bach skin care.
Pomegranate extract found in certain Dr Murad products.
The skin care giants spend a fortune on marketing, gorgeous models, endorsements, glossy ads and packaging. At a fraction of the cost you can handcraft-create and customize your own brand new signature blends or improve existing products by adding a touch of magical actives, with a twist of aloe, or a few drops of hi-tech proteins and a dash of antioxidants.
Belinda Meyer – salonprofit