Formulating with AHAs and BHAs

Formulating with AHAs and BHAs

Add new products to your range by learning to formulate with AHAs and BHAs!

Formulating with AHAs and BHAs

Learn to formulate safely and effectively with AHAs and BHAs. Follow our example formulations to create your own face masks, toners, creams and more, then formulate your own unique products.

The benefits of formulating with AHAs and BHAs

AHAs is short for Alpha Hydroxy Acids and BHAs is short for Beta Hydroxy Acids. They are both used as chemical exfoliants. This means that they help to remove dead skin cells by ‘ungluing’ them from each other. 

Key safety considerations when formulating with AHAs and BHAs

AHAs and BHAs are amazing ingredients to include in your products. But you need to know how to work with them safely.

Formulating with AHAs and BHAs
Formulating with AHAs and BHAs
Formulating with AHAs and BHAs
Formulating with AHAs and BHAs
Formulating with AHAs and BHAs

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Formulating with AHAs and BHAs
Formulating with AHAs and BHAs

Here’s what we’ll cover:

The theory and science

You’ll learn about:

 

  • An overview of what AHAs and BHAs are.
  • Details of the functions and benefits of AHAs and BHAs.
  • Information about acids and sun sensitivity.
  • A chart of AHAs and BHAs with usage guidelines.
  • The effect of pH on hydroxy acids.
  • How combining chemical and physical exfoliation works.

Ready-to-use formulations and guidelines for formulating your own products

To work with different ingredients effectively it is important to have a detailed understanding of their individual and specific requirements. We’ll cover detailed formulation guidelines, including:

  • The product types that typically use AHAs and BHAs.
  • Day time and/or night time use.
  • Ingredient usage rates.
  • Ingredient solubility.
  • Which phase to add your AHAs and BHAs.
  • How to use AHAs and BHAs together/combining AHAs.
  • The correct product pH when using AHAs and BHAs.
  • Emulsion stability when incorporating AHAs and BHAs.
  • Ingredient incompatibilities.
  • How to reduce irritation when using AHAs and BHAs.

You will receive five formulations from our lab, ready for you to make at home.

  1. Cherry Radiance Mask.
  2. Superfruit Toner for Blemished Skin.
  3. Peppermint Foot Cream.
  4. Regenerating Night Cream.
  5. Manuka and Green Tea Toner with Salicylic Acid.

Follow our example formulations to achieve success right away before going on to create your own formulations with AHAs and BHAs.

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