Dermatitis is a general term that describes a skin irritation. It is a common condition that occurs in many forms e.g., dry skin, itchy skin, rash, or reddened skin. Dermatitis is not contagious, but it can be rather frustrating to try to control the symptoms. It has many causes, so it is not easy to find the root cause and cure it entirely. Therefore, it is essential to stay hydrated, moisturizing regularly, and avoiding irritating chemicals found in some products.
You can always make your own soothing cream packed with potent moisturizers, skin-soothing actives, and ingredients to help to strengthen your skin’s barrier function, keeping your skin on its best form.
I hope this formula can amp up the soothing and healing of any irritated skin conditions!
Avocado oil: The antioxidants and vitamins in the avocado oil help to heal the dry, irritated, and flaky skin associated with eczema. Avocado oil contains potassium, lecithin, and many other nutrients that can nourish and moisturize the skin.
Honey Bee Extract: To support wound healing and some research enhance the production of proteins involved in tissue repair
Colloidal Oats: Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, resulting in the improved of itchiness, dryness, scaling, and roughness.
Allantoin: It helps boost healing by increasing skin cell turnover. It is moisturizing, soothing, anti-irritating, and stimulates healthy tissue production.
Calendula Extract: Has a long history of use in treating skin conditions like eczema, burns, and rashes. It has anti-inflammatory, soothing properties, and it helps speed healing. It is rich in antioxidants and can help reduce swelling and moisturize the skin.
Hyaluronic Acid: Functions as a humectant, and holds water molecules onto the surface of your skin to keep it nice and hydrated. It plays a pivotal role in the wound healing process, provides smoothness and softening to the skin.
Tea Tree Essential Oil: Has been identified to have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and wound-healing properties in the oil. It helps relieve skin dryness and itching and helps prevent infections.
German Chamomile Essential Oil: Calms red, dry, and itchy or irritated skin. Its high concentration of A-Bisabolol is responsible for its effectiveness in healing wounds and regenerating damaged tissue.
Olivem1000: A complete plant-derived emulsifying wax and suitable for all types of skin. It is a PEG-free, a naturally derived oil-in-water emulsifier. It is compatible with a wide variety of cosmetic and active ingredients, which will create a lovely, creamy mixture with good absorption ability.
Soothing Sunflower Calendula Cream
Tools & Equipment Needed
0.1g / 0.01g digital weighing scales
pH strip / pH meter
- 25.85 g Distilled water | 51.7%
- 1.5 g glycerin | 3%
- 0.15 g Xanthan Gum | 0.3%
- 0.25 g Allantoin | 0.5%
- 10 g 1% of Hyaluronic Acid | 20%
- 0.5 g Colloidal Oats | 1%
- 3.25 g Avocodo Oil | 6.5%
- 2.75 g Sunflower Oil | 5.5%
- 2.5 g Olivem1000 | 5%
- 1.25 g Cetyl Alcohol | 2.5%
Cool Down Phase
- 0.5 g Calendula Extract (Liquid) | 1%
- 0.5 g Honey Bee Extract (Power) | 1%
- 0.25 g vitamin E | 0.5%
- 0.15 g German Chamomile Essential Oil | 0.3%
- 0.1 g tea tree essential oil | 0.2%
- 0.5 g Preservatives | 1%
PH Modifier (if needed)
- Place all oil phase ingredients in a beaker.
- In another beaker, place all water phase ingredients
- Prepare all the cool down phase ingredients into another beaker
- Heat the two beakers in a bain-marie (70-75 ° C).
- Pour the sunflower oil (sensitive oil) before emulsification
- Pour the water phase into the oil phase
- Take the bowls out of the water bath.
- For a small batch like this, use an electric mini whisk to stir continuously for about 5 minutes. If you don’t have a smaller high-speed mixer, you can try making a 100g batch instead of 50g, so you have enough product for your immersion blender like this one to work with
- Cool down ingredients are typically present at very low amounts you’ll need to use an accurate scale—preferably one accurate to 0.01g. Prepare all the cool down phase ingredients into another small beaker
- Allow the cream to cool. When the mix is under 40C, add cool down phase ingredients and mix well after each addition using a flexible silicone spatula
- Check that the pH using a pH strip or pH meter, check that the cream has a pH range that is compatible with your chosen preservative. This range is generally indicated by the supplier of the preservative. If your pH isn’t in a suitable range, you can lower it by adding an acid or raise it by adding sodium hydroxide or sodium bicarbonate.
- Finally, blend in the preservative
- Once the emulsion is cool, transfer the cream into the jar. Allow the emulsion to stand for a while, not closing the jar straight away to avoid humidity building up inside the lid.
- Because this cream contains water, you MUST include a broad-spectrum preservative to ward off microbial growth. In the event, you notice any change in colour, scent, or texture, chuck it out and make a fresh batch.
- A formula should be written in the percentage of ingredients as well as grams. Our popular formulation calculator can be used to convert from percentages to weight easily. It also gives you a warning alert if any of the category ingredients are out of the recommended range to make sure the ratios between the ingredients are as desired.
- Same for hyaluronic acid, if you don’t have any, replace it with more distilled water
- You can use a different botanical extract in place of the calendula extract/honey bee extract.
- You can always use a different essential oil blend as you wish.