How to Make Cosmetic Gel


At the most basic level, gels are active ingredients suspended in a base of water and a thickening agent, such as xanthan gum. Gels tend to be lighter and less moisturizing than creams or lotions, making them a suitable option for those with oily or acne-prone skin. Cooling, refreshing and more readily absorbed than many other topical formulations, gels are often used to deliver active ingredients in anti-cellulite products and in products designed for use around the delicate eye area. With the right ingredients and know-how, topical gels are relatively easy to make at home.

Things You'll Need

  • 88ml spring water
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • Sterilized glass mixing bowl
  • Fork or egg whisk
  • Hand-held or stationary blender
  • Glass stirring rod
  • Sterilized 100ml airtight glass storage bottle
  • Pour the spring water into a sterilized glass mixing bowl.

  • Gradually sprinkle the xanthan gum powder into the water; whisking vigorously, using a fork or an egg whisk.

  • Blend the mixture using a hand-held or stationary blender to remove any lumps. Skip this step, if your mixture is already smooth.

  • Add your active ingredient to the mixture. For example, adding 10ml of aloe vera concentrate could be added to make a cooling eye gel. Stir well, using a glass stirring rod.

  • Transfer the mixture to an airtight glass storage jar.


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