Secrets to Making Homemade Skin Cream Based on Lecithin
Posted Sep 01 2010 8:06am
Today I’m going to share with you my secret for creating homemade skin cream based on lecithin with the help of the “cold” method. I love this method because you don’t need to heat the oils and water in order to mix them as in the traditional method , so it will save you time. You can simply add all of the ingredients to the bowl at once and mix, and there is no need to add them step by step, which makes it very simple. So now, here is a little about the benefits of lecithin, and later, I will reveal to you the secret recipe:
How does lecithin benefit the skin?
Lecithin is extracted for cosmetic purposes from the egg yolks of chicken, sunflower seeds, and soybeans. More widely available is soy lecithin, which is a mixture of 65% natural phospholipids, 30 to 35% soybean oil, a small amount of glycerol, ethanolamine, galactose, B vitamins, biotin, and choline.
In skin care products, lecithin is used as an active additive and an emulsifier. As an active additive in cosmetics, lecithin is used for softening, toning, and moisturizing, which will promote the restoration of the barrier function of the skin to prevent moisture loss from the deeper layers of the complexion. Lecithin is especially effective in combination with vitamins A, D, F, B1, B6, and PP.
Lecithin promotes the deeper penetration of fat and biologically active substances into the epidermis. It also reduces inflammation and irritation in the skin, stimulates cell regeneration, improves skin texture, and prevents the formation of wrinkles. The lecithin is an antioxidant, which also protects the skin from the negative effects of free radical damage.
Lecithin can be used for all skin types. As an active additive, it should be used in 0.5% to 3% concentrations, and as an emulsifier at 3% to 20%.
In skin creams, lecithin can be somewhat sticky and oily, but it absorbs well. Some do not find the smell of lecithin pleasing, but the smell will disappear after you add a few drops of essential oil.
So that’s it for the theory, let’s prepare our working space for the practice!
Here is the recipe on how to use lecithin for your beauty purposes:
IMPORTANT: Before you begin making a homemade product, make sure that you thoroughly clean the area that you are working in. Wash your hands completely. Make sure to also wash any dishes, mixing utensils, spoons, or other tools that you may use. This should be done when you begin creating the product, as well as afterward.
2 teaspoons oil (Any you like or appropriate for you skin type : olive, almond, grape seed oil, etc.)
Begin with the water phase, and if you have granulated lecithin, steep it in the water and wait until it boils. I have lecithin in capsules, so I just squeeze them into the water and move onto the next step. The same goes for liquid lecithin in bottles. After adding the lecithin, stir it gently with a mixing utensil and add the oil. Shake well with a mixer. Continue to mix until you get the consistency of a normal cream, which will take roughly 5 to 8 minutes.
You can feel free to modify this recipe to meet your needs by adding essential oils, powders, hydrosols, infusions, etc. All active ingredients in this recipe can be added right away to the water phase. Since we know that most of the active ingredients are killed by the heat, none of the ingredients should be heated in this recipe, so you can add them to the water phase without any worry. You can also add butters, in this case all phases should be heated and mixed as in traditional method .