Saturday, December 3, 2011

DIY Hyaluronic Acid 1% Serum/ Sclerotium Gum

Hyaluronic acid serum is especially easy and cost effective to DIY. It lends itself very readily to incorporation of water, alcohol and alkaline soluble actives. It is also an elegant thickening agent when making oil and water serums or lotions.

Sclerotium Gum requires the same simple steps, however it can be added up to 2%. To thicken sclerotium gum more rapidly, place in a warm water bath and blend briefly. The mixture will rapidly thicken into a stable gel. 
To make 30 grams ~ 1 oz of HA 1% serum or 1% Sclerotium Gum

Ingredient Percent % Grams
Hyaluronic acid powder/
Sclerotium gum
1%... 0.3g
Distilled water 98% 29.4  g
Phenoxyethanol 1% 0.3 g

1. Weigh your hyaluronic acid or sclerotium gum. 

2. Place in sterilized container 

3. Add previously weighed water and phenoxyethanol

After 10 minutes will look like this

4. a. Hyaluronic acid :Shake vigorously and place in refrigerator for 1-2 hours.
4. b. Sclerotium Gum, place in warm water bath and blend. Allow to set for 24 hours and it will stiffen further. 
HA serum 1 hour later

5. You now have a 1% hyaluronic acid serum, or sclerotium gum.

If you are using SLMWHA [ Super Low Molecular Weight Hyaluronic acid ] Your serum will be runny as water, however it will still retain the unique sensation of HA.