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i intend to use this combinatin in DIY cream. Are they all compatible?
Glycolic acid / Niacinamide / provitamin b5 / Co-Enzyme Q10 /N-Acetyl-Glucosomine / Vitamin C will count on your opinion
I treid to find out indivisually:
Niacin is OK with B5
Niacin is ok with Q 10...checked from skin actives
Niacin goes fine with NAG and Vitamin C
So are they all good together?
Last edited by imanaya on Thu May 14, 2009 11:43 am, edited 1 time in total.
Again, the only problem I could forsee is the breakdown of something from the acidic environment. If it is fine with ascorbic acid, then it should be fine with the glycolic. I have found both drop the pH of a formulation similarly.
As D knows, Hannah doesn't like acids...it even says on her insert with ingredients that most actives don't like an acidic enviroment.
That said, I use a morning serum with the following and it is working fantastically:
Licorice root extract 2%
Alpha arbutin 2%
DMAE 1% (actually 3% dmae bitartrate which is 37% pure DMAE)
with a base of 38% Cerave lotion and 38% distilled water
I also add Vitamin C 15% to the prepared serum (approximately...I add fresh powder in my hand daily and eyeball the measurment it may be 20% one day and 10% the next )
You are going to have to do some experimentation on your own Imanaya. My experience has been to add one or two things at a time and see how they do for awhile before adding another ingredient. You can then tell whether the mix gets "off" oxidizes (has a color change) when you add something...or just doesn't make your skin feel as good. If you get irritation you will also be able to detect which ingredient is responsible. I would personaly test a bit of the co q 10 in a neutral base and then in the acidic one to see if the color change is consistent or different which may indicate oxidation and consequent uselessness of an expensive ingredient.
Your other choice is to make a couple lotions and layer them with 10 min or so in between to your skin can absorb before they all mix together.
Thankyou so so much for taking time to expain so well. what I will do it , to be on the safe side, use q10 as a separate serum and layer it.
Thanksagain Kylesmom for always getting back to me.
With Vitamin c, I take a big pinch abd dissolve it in water, add a drop pf glycerin and apply it on my skin. I think I will stick to it. is it OK?
I was wodering if you add your vitamin C powder straight to the serum (I am thinking about Ph issues here) or separately like me?
If you could clarify that...
The glycerin and water approach is fine. I add the Vit C straight to my serum. Since I am adding it to an acidic mixture in the first place (I use a 70% unbuffered glycolic in my serum,) the pH does not change enough to detect a difference. Adding 20% Vit C to water will pull the pH down to about 3 in my experience...but that is around what my serum is to start.
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