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:
What are lecithin benefits for 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:
As I’m planning to update you with some homemade skin cream recipes, I decided to post some general rules on how to whip up a homemade cream. Just follow the rules, and I’m sure you will become a great cream-maker.
Creams are semi-solid emulsions, which is a mixture of oil and water. They are categorized into two types: oil-in-water (O/W) creams composed of small droplets of oil dispersed in a continuous aqueous phase, or water-in-oil (W/O) creams composed of small droplets of water dispersed in a continuous oily phase.
To make a homemade skin cream, you need three components:
- Water Phase: water, hydrosol, juice, milk, etc.
- Oily Phase: vegetable oil, animal fats, lanolin, silicones, waxes, etc.
- Emulsifier: special emulsifier for creams or wax, lanolin, lethicin, etc. The cream with a special emulsifier is easier to make, has a better texture, and creates a more stable emulsion so that oils do not separate from the water.
- Additionally, the cream may also contain: preservatives (which I never use in my creams), active ingredients, extracts, essential oils, etc. In order to stabilize the emulsion (so the cream will not break), you can use less emulsifiers and instead use gel formers, alike xanthan, guar, or thickeners. More about beauty ingredients in green ingredients section.