Now that I am back from celebrating a friend’s birthday in Las Vegas, its back to business with the blog (but I hope I didn’t make you wait too long!!). My last post was about the natural organic cosmetic brand, Alima Pure, and its only right that I add to the topic by following it up with a post about organic skincare…..BUT more from the science aspect and its importance. Here are 5 reasons to consider studying the science of organic skin care from Formula Botanica Director and Botanical Skincare Scientist Lorraine Dallmeier:
- “Organic ingredients – ’nuff said. There is nothing more wonderful that having a skincare lab filled with thick creamy butters, exquisite cold pressed organic plant oils, subtly fragrant flower waters and beautiful little bottles of organic essential oils. Most of us organic cosmetic formulators are deeply in love with our ingredients, but we also love learning about their scientific properties and how they work. Understanding their scientific properties makes you a better formulator.
- Getting to know your skin – getting to grips with the anatomy and physiology of your skin is a necessity when making organic skincare. Learning the layers of the skin and how they all work together is very important when formulating cosmetics, otherwise how will you know how to design your products?
- Understanding how your skin interacts with your product’s ingredients is the most important part of cosmetic formulating. Did you know that carrier oils only penetrate into the top few cellular layers of the very top layer of your skin, the stratum corneum? Many people who make natural skincare aren’t aware of this fact and think that the carrier oils in their skincare will end up in their bloodstream because that’s what they read once on a blog somewhere. Research your facts and back them up with evidence. This is just one example of learning how your organic ingredients behave when they come into contact with your skin.
- Emulsification – have you ever made an emulsion? If you have, then you’ll know that to make an emulsion (a cream or lotion) you need to combine water and oil with the help of an emulsifying agent. It is quite possibly the single coolest thing about cosmetic formulating as you watch the lotion form before your eyes. Bringing together two types of ingredients that end up creating an even better product is using science at its best.
- Credibility – Understanding the basics of science and how it applies to your skin and your products gives you more credibility. You won’t be shouting loudly about ‘chemical-free’ products, or trying to tell people that 60% of everything you put on your skin ends up in your bloodstream. The natural and organic skincare sector hasn’t exactly given itself much credibility in the past. A bit of science can turn all of that around. After all, just because you don’t want to use synthetic ingredients doesn’t mean that you have to shun all scientific research at the same time.” –Formulabotanica.com
Even if your considering making homemade natural skin or hair products these helpful tips will go a long way!