What Is Kojic Acid Dipalmitate?
Kojic Acid Dipalmitate is a derivative of Kojic Acid, it is a potent skin lightener that is often used as a substitute for Kojic Acid due to its ability to remain stable under difficult conditions. It is a slightly more mature product and takes longer to manufacture than generic Kojic Acid.
This particular skin lightening ingredient has been around for decades and can be very easily incorporated into a DIY skin lightening cream. It remains stable under a wide pH range (between 4-7).
Kojic Acid Dipalmitate is compatible with SepiWhite, GigaWhite, Alpha Arbutin, and Kojic Acid. Although Kojic Acid isn't a BHA or an AHA, you may wish to avoid mixing it directly with Vitamin C to avoid possible irritation. (Vitamin C & AHA's should not be mixed together).
Note: Avoid mixing too many powders into one lotion, aim for no more than 3 active skin lightening ingredients in one formulation.
Guidance & Precautions
To add Kojic Acid Dipalmitate powder to your skin lightening cream or natural brightening lotion, it involves a very simple 4 step process.
1. Ensure all your ingredients ready. 1) Any base cream (skin brightening/lightening lotions work best) 2) Kojic Acid Dipalmitate powder 3) Vegetable Oil. You will also require two pots (a smaller and a larger one) to mix and dissolve the powder with the oil.
2) Mix 1-2teaspoon (about 5-10 grams) in with a small amount of vegetable oil or any oil. Glycerin can also be used. Do not use water. Place the mixture into a stainless steel pot, and use the double boiling method. Place the pot on top of another pot with warm water under heat. Mix, and wait until the powder has fully dissolved with the oil (it should not be grainy or powdery).
3) The mixture will take on a buttery, creamy color. Once the mixture is clear, you will know the powder has fully dissolved.
4) Add the fully dissolved powder (with the oil) into your base lotion until it's fully mixed together. Add a little at a time, until it's all completely absorbed.
Voila, you have just turned an ordinary brightening lotion, into a potent skin lightening lotion which you can use for at least 6 months. Repeat the process as you wish. Adding Alpha Arbutin powder will increase the potency of the lotion.
Kojic Acid, like Alpha Arbutin does not have any known side effects, and is generally safe for most people.
However, this product is not intended for internal use. Do not add the powder to products containing lactic acid, or AHAs as this can affect the pH balance of the lotion. If redness, itching, or irritation occurs, discontinue use immediately.
Percentage & Usage
You should aim to use no more than 2-5% of any of our skin lightening additives in a single formulation. Using more than necessary can be counterproductive. Calculating percentages in a lotion is very straightforward, and guidelines have been shown below.
To make a 2% lotion, use 2grams of the Kojic Acid Dipalmitate Powder in a 100gram base lotion.
To make a 5% lotion, use 5grams of the Kojic Acid Dipalmitate Powder in a 100gram base lotion.
Facts About Kojic Acid Dipalmitate?
1. Kojic Acid Dipalmitate does not oxidise easily as compared to Kojic Acid, it is not sensitive to pH, light, heat and oxidation and does not react with metal ions resulting in color changes.
2. Kojic Acid Dipalmite and Kojic Acid both tend to whiten the skin.
3. Skin lightening results are generally observed over time with consistent daily or twice-daily use.
4. Aim to use your DIY skin lightening lotion within a 6 month time period.
5. Kojic Acid Dipalmitate is soluble in water and oil, but aim to use oils for the best results.
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