Hi beauty brains
I want to do some cosmetic alchemy of my own!
Just kidding, we're scientists, there's no such thing as alchemy! Only chemistry
I know tea tree oil at a 2% concentration is beneficial for acne prone skin, so I would like to incorporate it into my skin care regimen by adding it to my oil cleanser. I'm not sure if this is a good idea, or if it is even soluble in an oil cleanser.
Does tea tree oil have any benefits in a cleanser? I remember episode 25 where you guys discussed if cleansers can deliver active ingredients. I'm thinking this would work by coacervation and dilution deposition:
tea tree oil is not water soluble, so will it deposit on my skin when rinsed with water because it is hydrophobic. This would mean that I should add more than 2% v/v, because only a select amount of it would stay on my skin.
Another concern is that adding more oil to my oil cleanser throw off the ratio of polyglyceryl-2 to oil. I'm worried that if I add more oil it won't emulsify and rinse off when I splash my face with water. Does an oil cleanser need a certain ratio of oil to emulsifier to be effective?
Oil cleanser ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Isoamyl
Laurate, Polyglyceryl-2 Sesquioleate, Fragrance, Polyglyceryl-2 Caprate,
Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Helianthus
Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf
P.S. If I can't add it to my oil cleanser, can I add a few drops to a moisturizer or something? I have far to many products in my regime to add something else just for the tea tree oil.