Luxury Moisturiser

Vitamin C is often found in commercially available anti-aging creams and moisturisers. Vitamin C is actually an anti-oxidant,so when used in moisturisers is meant to help to stop damage from UV and free radicals. It also reputedly offers some small amount of UV protection, however I would not like to rely on this as a sunscreen.

Vitamin C comes in two forms. L-ascorbic acid which is water soluble so can be added to the water phase or simply stirred into your ready made moisturiser. However the L-ascorbic acid form of vitamin C does oxidise if exposed to heat so I simply stir this in at the end of the making process since adding the heat needed to make your moisturiser could oxidise this before it ever gets used as a moisturiser.

Ascorbyl palmitate which is oil soluble must be added to the oil phase. Ascorbyl Palmitate is the more stable ester form of vitamin C and is reputedly readily absorbed by the skin where it can combat the free radicals that lead to unhealthy and aging skin. L-ascorbic acid and ascorbyl palmitate can be obtained from health food suppliers or online from companies like Amazon.  Once opened you need to keep both forms of vitamin C in a dark container and use quite quickly because it does oxidise.

For this recipe I have used the L-ascorbic acid form of vitamin C which is more easy to obtain. Although I personally have reservations about how effective anti-aging creams really are this does seem to make my skin feel and look good. I have been using this particular cream for several weeks now and am very happy with the results.

To read more about The Benefits of Vitamin C & Ascorbic Acid

CreamLuxury Moisturiser with anti-aging vitamin C

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. To make this weigh out all the ingredients into small bowls
  2. Reserve the L-ascorbic acid and essential oils to use later.
  3. Add all ingredients except for your L-ascorbic acid and essential oils into the one saucepan.
  4. Put the saucepan over a gentle heat or on a double boiler and wait until the solid butters have almost completely melted and the emulsifying wax will be softening to a gel.
  5. Whisk the mixture with an electric hand held whisk.
  6. Continue whisking over the heat until the emulsifying wax has completely mixed with the rest of the ingredients and you have a watery emulsion.
  7. Take off the heat and continue whisking until the liquid thickens to a creamy consistency and until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  8. Once the moisturiser has cooled slightly but is still warm stir in the L-ascorbic acid and add the essential oils if using.
  9. If you decide you wish to add a preservative or anti-oxidant do it now following the manufacturers recommended instructions.
  10. Pour into a clean sterile container.

brackencraft-book1This recipe was taken from the book “Make your own Moisturiser, Body Butter and Balms” by Bracken Thompson which will be available for sale at the end of November 2016.

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