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mamaherrera

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I have the hyaluronic acid serum and am interested in adding glucosamine and niacinamide and the matrixyl peptide to it.  How much of each would I add and then afterwards, would I just shake it before use always? This would be my first time making a mixture so I'm a bit nervous.  
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I noticed no one has responded. I’ve never done that so don’t want to give you any advice but I have contacted customer service for specific questions about adding actives and they were very helpful. There is also helpful info on how much to mix into a cream or serum on many of the product pages, but not all. I’m a relative newbie and can so relate to feeling nervous when I try a new concoction.

Good luck w your mixture. I’d like to know how it turns out. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of community interaction on the forum right now. From reading old posts it seems to come and go, like most places. But I really appreciate reading the posts about diy recipes and techniques and how things work out.
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Sorry I missed the question.

Any addition you do to a serum is an experiment. How much of each active will dissolve depends on the serum and what you add first. Be prepared for nothing to actually dissolve. Especially with hyaluronic acid, most of the water is trapped in the gel that the hyaluronic acid makes with the serum, so there is not much water available. This is why the solubility of hyaluronic acid in water is so low (Jonatan made a short video on this).

You have a better chance with a base cream like Canvas.
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ok thanks, it definitely sounds tricky.  How well does hyaluronic acid stay stable in a cream base and/or serum?? Because I've also heard that any other ingredient can break  it down into tiny particles and how would I even know which ones do that and which ones don't?
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"Heard" is not very useful in the internet era.

Hyaluronic acid will break in response to microorganisms, and in the absence of preservatives a solution of hyaluronic acid in water, a gel, will become a liquid in a few days because it will be broken down into pieces and eaten by bacteria and mold. In a formulated serum or cream, it will be stable until you apply it to your face and then it will break down and be used by your skin.
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The product pages for both the hyaluronic acid gel & serum say that they make great base serums for water soluble actives. I had assumed that meant it was relatively easy to add actives to them. Does it mean that you need to add more water (or other liquid) in order to add actives? Maybe that could be clarified on the product pages for those of us who are new to this. Thanks for the information.
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You can add actives that are water soluble, but in small quantities. If it does dissolve, that's fine. If it doesn't it means you added too much. In this case, nothing much will happen, the excess active will drop to the bottom of the bottle.
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