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I've been using this one faithfully twice a day for the last few months. My skin looks moisturized and plump, but definitely not oily (I have combo skin so this is a difficult balancing act for me!) And it has not irritated my skin even around the eyes.
Niacinamide 4% - 1.2g N acetyl glucosamine 2% - 0.6g DMAE 3% - 2.4g (DMAE is supplied as DMAE bitartrate with 37% DMAE, so the amount is more than 3%, but the DMAE itself is calculated to 3%) Alpha arbutin 2% - 0.6g Caffiene 1% - 0.3g Co Q 10 1% - 4g of q max (Q max is available at lotioncrafter and supplies vitamin E as well ) Licorice root 2% - 0.6g (the organic liquid one from lotioncrafter is what I use)
Base (I use aveeno baby daily moisture lotion) 20.3g
I start with measuring out the powders then the liquids, squirt in the base...then mix with a stir stick.
You will need to get a scale if you don't have one...it's the only way to really mix your own stuff reliably. They have some good inexpensive ones at lotioncrafter...the one I bought was only $29. I but most of my stuff at lotioncrafter, The Personal Formulator or Garden of wisdom. I price things out including shipping and decide what is going to be cheapest.
It's a little bit of an expenditure at the beginning, but it saves me tons over the long haul.
I only mix up an ounce at a time. Takes me about a week and a half to use so I don't bother with preservatives. It will get progressively more liquid over the course of a week as the DMAE liquifies most lotions and creams. You'll see it happen right away a bit, then more as time goes on...so it's best not to mix up too much at a time anyhow.
Thanks Terri...I need to reorder some diy ingredients. Are you still using the estriol cream around your eyes? If so, are you still liking it as much? Thanks again -- it's great to "see" you here! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Can't believe Kyle is in school!
I used about a tube of the estriol from the last time we ordered, then it seemed like it was making my skin itch so I stopped for a bit. I just went back to it two weeks ago, and I think the irritation was coming from using too much during the hot weather, not letting my skin "breathe". I am using very little rubbed in over the serum above, and I am loving it again. I use retin a one night, then the estriol the next. You can't beat it around the eyes and it helps a lot mid face where my parentheses are starting to show.
Thanks Terri for the recipes...really appreciate all the sharing you have done...I use quite a bit of it...I really miss the days when the boards were so active...of course I'm one of those that doesn't know much so I don't have very much to share...Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanks! I miss the activity on the boards; my life got too busy and I burnt out. Now I lurk, answering when something really catches my interest. I saw some answers from you that were great on the chem peel board, you have a lot to share! All we can do is relate what we learn along our own journey, and believe me it will help others who are looking for JUST that info!
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