KiNiaNAG Serum: Anti-Aging and Anti-Acne. A Joy For the Skin.

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:

  1. Kinetin 0.04 grams
  2. NaOH + 10grams distilled water 0.39 grams
  3. Niacinamide 1.75 grams
  4. N-acetyl D- glucosamine/ NAG 0.70 grams
  5. Citric acid 0..04 grams
  6. Sea emollient 10.50 grams
  7. Glycerin 1.05 grams
  8. H20 [ distilled water] 8.75 grams
  9. Borage oil or [oil of choice] 10.5 grams
  10. Emulsifying wax NF/ or Polawax 2.20 grams
  11. Vitamin E oil 0.35 grams
  12. Phenoxyethanol 0.18 grams

I get all of these ingredients from, except for the Vitamin E Oil which I buy from LotionCrafter.

As this recipe has lots of different ingredients, I like to measure out each ingredient before I start and place the bottle next to it so that I can identify them.

1.  Prepare the Kinetin solution first.

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…

…then add the 10 mls of H20. This will cause the NaOH to give off noxious fumes. Don’t breathe it in. It will also generate heat.

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.

Stir until dissolved.

You can use the rest of the NaOH solution as drain cleaner.

3.  Combine Niacinamide , N-acetyl D- glucosamine, and water.

Stir until dissolved.

Initally, it will look cloudy…

Then it will become clearer.

4.  Add sea emollient, glycerin and citric acid to the niacinamide , N-acetyl D- glucosamine, and water solution you have in front of you.

Stir or blend until the citric acid crystals are dissolved.

Add your preservative and stir or blend.

5.  Put your oil or oils of choice into another container.

Warm your oil gently in warm water.

In order to combine the oil with the e-wax, heat the e-wax until it melts. You can use a double boiler for this, but I don’t have one, so I just heat the e-wax on a spoon over a candle.

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.

6.  Pour the oil and e-wax solution (#5)  into the sea emollient solution (#4) and stir or blend well.

Then pour the Kinetin solution into the mixture.

You will now have white lotion. Scent with an essential oil of your preference.

7. Check the pH. It should be around 5.01.

8. Pour in to a sterilised container. Done!

Beautifully smooth and a joy for the skin 🙂


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28 Responses to KiNiaNAG Serum: Anti-Aging and Anti-Acne. A Joy For the Skin.

  1. Ling says:

    Ooooh, I love these DIY skincare posts! You make it look so easy!

  2. Dempeaux says:

    @Ling It is! Just relax and make yourself a coffee while you’re putting your serum together. It’s great ‘me’ time 🙂

  3. Jo says:

    Sarah you this tutorial is great. This will really inspire people to try DIY! If not this one
    maybe a simpler type.

  4. Dempeaux says:

    @Jo Thankyou! I hope it is helpful 🙂

  5. Suzanne says:

    I want to try thiiis. It’s like cooking for tiny people.

  6. Dempeaux says:

    @Suzanne I think this would be lovely for your skin. Yes, like cooking, but in my case it yields more satisfying results 😉

  7. I so wish I were living nextdoors and I could pay you a fortune to make that stuff for me!

  8. Dempeaux says:

    @Musing Haha! I hope you DIY one day Marie Ella – you’d love it! 🙂 Gosh, it would be fun to live next to you though!

  9. So clever! But… there *must* be a more pronounceable name for it 😉

  10. Dempeaux says:

    @Stacey Haha! Kinetin-me-up? 😉

  11. ki. says:

    I keep wanting to DIY, but I’m just to lazy to sit down and properly order stuff and all, after I come back from India I am GOING to make the Vit C serum and sunscreen and try the OCM! Remind me okay? 😀

  12. Dempeaux says:

    @Ki Haha! One day. Make yourself a coffee and order all your ingredients (SkinEssentialActives has kits now too!) and it will all fall in to place 😉 I’m so jealous that you’re starting so young!

  13. Jen W says:

    Looks fantastic! Another one on the ‘to-do’ list for me.

  14. Dempeaux says:

    @Jen Definitely give this one a go Jen. It’s lovely 🙂

  15. Dee says:

    Can you please just open a shop so I can buy all of this stuff from you? It looks amazing but I am sooooo lazy. In the words of the great Homer Simpson: CAN’T SOMEONE ELSE DO IT?

  16. Dempeaux says:

    @Dee Haha! But it’s sooooo easy 😀

  17. lilpil says:

    I totally loved this serum – thanks for pointing it out to me a few months ago… I’ve been missing our DIY discussions 🙂

    I ran out of oils and ingredients now so need to do another order soon as my bottle is probably going to finish early next month!

  18. Dempeaux says:

    @Lilpil That’s great! I’m very happy that you love it! I miss our DIY discussions too. We shall have to start again! I know that feeling of running out of ingredients. Like keeping a fully stocked fridge, it’s a fine art keeping everything around that you’ll need 🙂

  19. Michelle says:

    Anti-Aging & Anti-Acne? I need this little miracle in my life but starting out in DIY is terribly daunting, especially with that many ingredients. d:

  20. Dempeaux says:

    @Michelle I know how you feel! It does seem so overwhelming at first, but if you just take it slowly and follow all the instructions at your own pace, it will turn out fine 🙂

  21. I agree with Ling you make these DIY posts look so fabulously easy Sarah!

    I use Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate and I really think this serum replenishes my skin overnight. It is paraben free too which is great. Overnight serums work for me when I have a really busy and stressful time and I might not be looking after myself as much as I should. Great that you’ve shown us a DIY alternative (I find serums overall quite expensive)

  22. Dempeaux says:

    @StyleOnTheCouch They are easy! One day you’ll come to the dark side 😉 I love that you’re looking after your skin at night – it’s the best time to do serious repair! If you love serums, try this one. It’ll cost you between $5 and $10 to DIY 🙂

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  24. Lauren says:

    One of the steps says “Add your preservative and stir or blend.” What exactly is the preservative being referred to?

  25. Dempeaux says:

    @Lauran Phenoxyethanol

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