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DIY in September! Vitamin A Companion Cream!

DIY in September! Vitamin A Companion Cream!

Posted by Dr. Hannah Sivak and Brendan Leonard on Sep 11th 2019

Make Your Own Cream to Sooth Damaged Skin

Welcome to the latest in our series of DIY recipes that make sense: they’re inexpensive, give you value for your money and they work. And, most importantly, they will benefit your skin and not hurt it!

DIY skincare can be a hobby, a passion or just fun. We’re for any and all of those motivations. But, please remember to always be careful! Read the instructions fully before you begin and don’t please don’t deviate from them. We are talking about your skin, not a T-shirt that can be discarded if a tie-dye goes wrong.

Today we’ll get started with a Vitamin A companion cream.

This is a great project because there is nothing like it in the market. A Vitamin A companion cream is designed to address the broken skin barrier that you get when you use retinoids. Using our Vitamin A Cream is less likely to give you this kind of trouble. The problem is acute with products like Retin-A, a very irritating (sort of bull-in-the-china-shop) retinoid. So, if you are using Retin-A or take oral retinoids, you should strongly consider whipping up a batch of this Vitamin A companion!

How? It’s easy, and we’ll give it to you step by step instructions

Implements you will need:

  • A small spatula or mini-whisk
  • Paper towels to cover the surface where you will work
  • Isopropyl alcohol to sterilize your implements. You can find this for about $2 for 16 oz. at your local pharmacy or supermarket. We recommend using a spray bottle to dispense the alcohol.
  • A small bowl for mixing all your ingredients.
  • Plus a notebook where you will write all the details so, if you are happy with the result of your project, you will be able to duplicate it.


  • One 4 oz. jar of Skin Actives Canvas Cream,
  • One tablespoon of Collagen Serum. This will provide the nutrients your skin needs to follow the instructions given by the retinoid. The epidermal growth factor already included in the serum will complement the instructions.
  • Half a teaspoon of Every Lipid Serum. This provides the lipids you need to strengthen the skin barrier, plus antioxidants, so you can add a little more or a little less to your preference.
  • 5 grams of petrolatum (aka petroleum jelly). You’ll be able to find this at your local supermarket for about $2 for 16oz. Remember that some of the most expensive creams on the market (including some that are priced at $300 per oz.) use this ingredient. You can adjust the amount you are using to your preference, but start low because you may need to get used to the texture.
  • DO NOT add essential oils or fragrance, they may worsen the irritation and stinging! This is NOT what you want to do your skin that is already struggling with irritation.


You can do all the mixing at room temperature. Add the ingredients in the order listed above. Use a spatula or a small whisk until you get a homogeneous cream.

And there you have it! Your first DIY skincare project! We hope that it was fun and leaves your skin feeling great. Check out our webstore for the active ingredients necessary to continue blending your own DIY projects and look for more recipes coming in a newsletter soon.

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