HOW TO DISSOLVE YOUR SKINCARE INGREDIENTS USING DOUBLE BOILER METHOD – ZIGIHOW.COM.NG
I have received alot of Mails, and DMs asking questions like. “how do I disolve my skincare powders?” how do I disolve my skincare waxes?”. This has made me come to conclusion of writting an article on how to dissolve your skincare ingredients using double boiler method.
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Double boiler method is the easiest method to dissolve your skincare ingredients such as waxes, (Emulsifying wax, bees wax, stearic acid, etc), butters (Sheabutter,and cocoa butter, mango butter, avocado butter etc) and skincare powders such as (Kojic acid powder, alpha powder, etc). Using double boiler method you can also dissolve your soap base into liquid to enable you add your desired ingredients.
What is Double Boiler Method In Skincare?
This is the act or process of dissolving skincare ingredients into liquids to enable you mix or add other skincare ingredients for easy incorporation.
Some skincare powders such as Kojic acid, and alpha arbutin are not water-soluble. Which means they can’t be dissolved in water and the only way they can be dissolved is when they are heated on a very low heat using double boiler method.
You can’t just add non water-soluble powders (powders that can’t dissolve in water) into your lotion or cream just like that. The truth of the matter is, they won’t disolve and won’t add any effectivness to the lotion or cream because they were not dissolved which causes it not to blend well with the lotion or cream. Remember skincare ingredients works well when it’s properly mixed and blended together.
In a situation when you just add Kojic acid powder or Alpha Arbutin powder to your lotion without dissolving them. It’s just like mixing your lotion or cream with some grains of sand. And when you’re applying the lotion or cream you’ll definitely feel the grains on your skin.
So it’s really recommended to ensure you disolve your skincare non water-soluble powders before mixing or adding to your lotion or cream. You can learn how to add Kojic acid and arbutin powder in your Lotion.
Double boiler method can also be used in dissolving soap base. A soap base in a solid soap that normally comes in cubes and its pure with no added addictives (ingredients). Used in formulating diy homemade soaps. You can read how to make a homemade moisturizing soap.
Soap base are dissolved into liquids using double boiler method. This is to enable you add your desired skincare ingredients, to suit your desired skincare demands. You can read how to formulate a diy homemade soap for acne(pimples).
Having known what double boiler method is all about, let’s go down to business on how to dissolve your skincare ingredients using double boiler method.
How To Dissolve Your Skincare Ingredients Using Double Boiler Method.
Melting Or Dissolving Butters Or Waxes.
Step 1: Pour 2-3 cups of water into a sauce pan or cooking pot, place the pot on a low heat (fire) using either gas cooker or stove. Note: Ensure heat is low.
Step 2: Get a clean steel or glass bowl, add the butters or waxes you want to dissolve into it.
it could be waxes such as emulsifying wax, bees wax, steric acid. It could be butters, such as mango butter, sheabutter or cocoa butter.
You can as well add any carrier oil of your choice into the butters or waxes such a olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil etc.
Step 3: Put the steel or glass bowl containing your waxes and butters in the pot or sauce pan (containing water) which you placed on fire some minutes ago.
Step 4: While the butters or waxes are in the pot (which is on a low heat), give them a stir until they melt down completely.
Step 5: Bring down from heat, allow mixture to cool a little for atleast 1 minute, before adding other skincare ingredients.
Dissolving Skincare Powders
Step 1: If you’re dissolving skincare powders. Put the powders on a glass or steel bowl. Then pour in alittle water into the skincare powders you want to dissolve.
Note: Don’t pour in too much water, just alittle water that will cover the powders alittle.
Step 2: After adding water to the skincare powders you want to dissolve. Then Place the skincare powders (in the steel or glass bowl) in the pot of water which you placed on fire some minutes ago.
Step 3: Keep stiring the skincare powders (in the steel or glass bowl) until the powder dissolve totally. When this happens you won’t see any grain of powder remaining, they will all dissolve totally in the water.
Step 4: Then bring down the disolved mixure from the heater. Pour the mixure into your skincare mixings or lotion and stir thoroughly for proper blending.
Dissolving Or Melting Soap Base.
Step 1: Cut the soap base into pieces or chunks. This will enable fast dissolving.
Step 2: Pour them into a steel or glass bowl and add water to top or cover it up alittle.
Step 3: Pour 2-3 glass of water into a sauce pan or cooking pot. Then place it on a low heat (fire).
Step 4: Place the glass or steel bowl (containing your soap base) in the pot.
Step 5: Stir gradually until the soap base dissolves or melts into liquid.
Step 6: Then bring down from heat and add other desired ingredients.
Note: Don’t forget to add water into your soap base before placing into the pot (which is on the heat).
Note: When dissolving waxes or butters it’s advised to use any carrier oils of your choice such as Olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil, etc to dissolve them using double boiler method. Water cannot be used in dissolving waxes or butters, only oils. But when dissolving skincare powders and soap base you should use distilled water or rose water.
You can also use carrier oils such as coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil, etc to disolve lightening powders and soap base too, it all depends on your skincare formulation. Example: When making a DIY Kojic acid oil. Kojic acid is disolved in sunflower oil, using the double boiler method.
When dissolving your skincare ingredients, especially powders. Ensure the heat (fire) is low, to avoid the water from boiling. When the heat is too much the water boils, and when the water boils or becomes too hot, the skincare ingredients may loose their nutrients and effectivness.
So it’s advised to use low heat when dissolving your skincare ingredients using double boiler method to prevent the water from boiling, you just need a warm temperature to dissolve the powders.
Always ensure to use distilled or treated water in all your skincare mixings to avoid bacteria from getting into your diy skincare products.