I’ve been meaning to post a tutorial on this amazing serum for some time. This is the KiNiaNAG Serum; another thoroughbred from the SkinEssentialActives stable.
As I’ve said many times before, there are many, many skincare products on the market, but only a handful that have proven positive effects on the skin. Along with Vitamin C and Vitamin A, Kinetin, Niacinamide, and N-acetyl D- glucosamine are all proven actives. My skincare routine has been very effective thus far, so it takes a pretty good serum to warrant me adding something to my routine. To me, this serum is wonderfully effective and improves the look of my skin even further, so it has more than earned its place.
KiNiaNAG is based on the effective combination of 5% niacinamide/ vitamin B3 and N-acetyl-D glucosamine 2% to prevent acne. Whilst I’m not an acne sufferer, I do get cycstic hormonal breakouts, but this serum knocks it over in a night or two. Acne sufferers: if you use this serum you might not be dependent on your Retin A to keep acne at bay. With this KiNiaNAG serum and the Oil Cleansing Method (tutorial here), there’s a good chance you will be able to drop back to 2 – 3 times per week.
Kinetin is a potent antioxidant with anti aging benefits, and is similar to Vitamin C and Vitamin A in its anti-aging effects on the skin. It stimulates collagen, reduces hyperpigmentation, refines the texture of the skin, and so on. It is the active ingredient in the Kinerase line. Please see SkinEssentialActives in general and the antioxidant sections in particular for an in depth explanation and greater understanding of these actives. You can buy a Kinetin DIY Kit here. For a tutorial on the lecithin version of KiNiaNAG (which I also highly recommend) click here.
KiNiaNAG is to be used at night. I use it every night, and I even use it over the top of my Retin A, which it works brilliantly with. This serum leaves my skin soooo soft, refines the texture of my skin, gives me a glow, and knocks back any cycstic pimples. Love it!
So, to make this serum, you will need:
- Kinetin 0.04 grams
- NaOH + 10grams distilled water 0.39 grams
- Niacinamide 1.75 grams
- N-acetyl D- glucosamine/ NAG 0.70 grams
- Citric acid 0..04 grams
- Sea emollient 10.50 grams
- Glycerin 1.05 grams
- H20 [ distilled water] 8.75 grams
- Borage oil or [oil of choice] 10.5 grams
- Emulsifying wax NF/ or Polawax 2.20 grams
- Vitamin E oil 0.35 grams
- Phenoxyethanol 0.18 grams
I get all of these ingredients from SkinEssentialActives.com, except for the Vitamin E Oil which I buy from LotionCrafter.
To do this, you need 0.39 grams of NaOH (sodium hydroxide) and 10 mls of distilled water. Place the NaOH in a glass or stainless steel container…
Keep this off to the side until it cools down.
2. Measure 0.04 grams of Kinetin into a small glass. Then from the 1 N NaOH solution you prepared before, you will need 0.5 mls (I just ‘tare’ or zero the scale with the Kinetin on it and add 0.5 grams of the NaOH solution) added to the Kinetin.
You can use the rest of the NaOH solution as drain cleaner.
Stir until dissolved.
Initally, it will look cloudy…
Then it will become clearer.
Add your preservative and stir or blend.
Pour the melted e-wax into the warmed oil and stir.
It should become a lotion consistency. Let it cool a little, then add the Vitamin E. Stir.
8. Pour in to a sterilised container. Done!