How to Make an Emulsion for Skin Care

Emulsion is technically made by combining oily and aqueous substances or solutions together to form a homogeneous mixture. A skin care emulsion can be made by mixing herbal or essential oils with distilled water and emulsifying wax, with the end product being a cream or a lotion. The emulsifying wax is the key behind a good skin care emulsion. It is a synthetic product that keeps the small droplets of herbal or essential oil suspended in the aqueous solution, providing your emulsion a smooth texture and a more cream-like look. While there are a number of over the counter skin care emulsions available in the market, you can also create your own, all natural emulsion in the kitchen.

Things Required:

– Double boiler
– ¼ cup emulsifying wax
– ¼ cup olive, almond or coconut oil
– 1¼ cup distilled water
– 2-cup glass measure
– Small wooden spoon
– Sterilized lotion bottle or container
– Funnel

Instructions

  • 1

    Take a double boiler and add half cup water to its base.

  • 2

    Set the double boiler on the stove and heat it on medium high heat.

  • 3

    Once it is hot enough, pour emulsifying wax and oil in the top part of the double boiler and allow the wax to melt, stirring occasionally.

  • 4

    Once the wax has melted completely, mix it thoroughly into the oil.

  • 5

    In a small sized cooking pot, heat two cups of distilled water to boiling. When the water starts boiling, measure exactly 1 ¼ cup and pour it into a small mixing bowl.

  • 6

    Gradually stir the oil and wax mixture into hot water, using a wooden spoon.

  • 7

    Keep on stirring the concoction until all the ingredients are completely combined, which will take about two to three minutes.

  • 8

    At this stage, the water and wax mixture will be quite thin. Allow it to cool, stirring every 10 to 15 minutes.

  • 9

    Once the emulsion has cooled completely, pour it into a clean container with an airtight lid. Small squeeze bottles are the best to store lotions, while small squat jars are best for cream-like emulsions.

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