Beginnings & Beauty Through Chemistry
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It is such a joy to make products that make skin happy. I started making various balms and lotions back when I was in college and would give them as gifts to my friends. To hand craft gifts for friends is fun, therapeutic, meaningful, and, not to mention, cost effective for poor college kids!
Skin is the largest organ of the body, and it definitely has its own set of needs. It boils down to some basic chemistry, which I know we all just loved in school! Okay, maybe I'm the only one, but it’s still an interesting topic. Besides, you may pick up on some new bits of information and impress your friends on your next virtual meeting!
Keeping our skin moisturized works both by staying hydrated (which we will cover in a later post) and by locking in water, usually topically and is best accomplished by using various oils.
Having many chemistry classes under my belt for my 'daytime' profession, I thought we'd start with some chemistry and taking a closer look at these oils.
Let’s start with fatty acids, which make up oils and fats. There are saturated and unsaturated fatty acids—It all has to do with types of carbon bonds within the chain. Actually, triglycerides are chains of fatty acids. Are you with me?
Commonly known saturated fatty acids are lauric acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid, arachidic acid, and myristric acid. Some unsaturated fatty acids are linoleic acid (polyunsaturated), linolenic acid (polyunsaturated), oleic acid (monounsaturated), and arachidonic acid (polyunsaturated).
An important saturated fatty acid is stearic acid, which has 16 carbons and, when neutralized by lye, is the most common form of soap. I’d just like to take this moment to point out our very fine soap collections... okay, moving on.
So what does this have to do with beautiful skin, one might ask. ‘Tis a very good question. Well, skin absorbs different oils in different ways. Some oils are ’dry’ oils for the skin and some are, well, oily-er oils. As you likely already know, each person‘s skin has different needs.
I promise, we’ll get to this part...so let’s get started! Let’s take our skin on a journey!
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