SkinActives Lets You Dupe Your Favorite Skin Care Products

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Like my momma always said, “If you want something done right, you better take care of it yourself.” But why do anything when you can let your momma--who always gets everything right--do it? 

My mother is writing this article right now, actually. Just kidding. She’s not writing this and she never really said that. She did say stuff like, “Oh, sweet pea, I love your humor," and "Is that my skirt you're wearing?” and “Did you cut my skirt and take up the hemline?” Yeah, mom. Guilty. DIY since youth, dolls! 

So when my roommate told me about SkinActives, a skin care line that boasts an impressive DIY mission, I had to investigate.

SkinActives caters to both beginners and experts in an excellent fashion. We all have different skin types (oily, combination, dry) and different goals for our skin (acne relief, brightening, anti-aging). With ready-made products at the stores, there’s a one-size-fits-all feel to everything we buy. But SkinActives' mix and match ingredients allow us to alter those proverbial hemlines and create our own skin care lines.

Here's my favorite part: a secret formula spreadsheet that can be used to customize dupes of your favorite high-end products. Huzzah!

I was lucky enough to have SkinActives send over their beginner kits for both a moisturizer and serum. Let’s tackle the moisturizer formula.

Here's what's included in The Formulation for Beginners Kit ($29.50).

  • 4 fluid ounce Canvas Base Cream
  • 2 fluid ounce Sea Kelp Coral
  • 1 fluid ounce Shea Mousse
  • 4 pipettes
  • 1 empty jar for a 2 fl oz mixture
  • 3 mixing spatulas
  • 2 milliliters Antioxidant Booster
  • 3 fragrances: cucumber melon, peach, and rose
skin actives beginners kit

Top row, L-R: Canvas Base Cream, Sea Kelp Coral, Shea Mousse, Empty Jar. Bottom row, L-R: Antioxidant Booster, peach, cucumber melon and rose fragrances, spatula and pipettes.

SkinActives includes a basic recipe but also encourages experimentation to find the right mixture for your skin.

skin actives canvas base cream

To get started, mix the Canvas Base Cream and the Sea Kelp Coral in the empty jar. 

I used a tablespoon to measure out the amounts, choosing to mix two parts Canvas Base to one part Sea Kelp Coral. The Canvas Base is a thicker cream, but not too heavy. It’s more of a whipped cream cheese consistency--slightly airy, but substantial. The ingredient list boasts jojoba, almond, and avocado oils, along with hyaluronic acid--and we all know how great all of those ingredients are, right?

skin actives sea kelp coral

The Sea Kelp Coral has a lightweight and decadently slippery texture. It looks like what I imagine snail slime to be, but from a regal snail lineage who live exclusively on silk pillows. The Sea Kelp Coral provides anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties for your moisturizer.

Feel free to change the ratio of Base to Coral, depending on your consistency preference: 1: 1 or 2:1 for a thinner lotion, 3:1 for a medium base, 4:1 for cream.

skin actives shea mousse

Next, mix in a preferred amount of Shea Mousse, which is thick and best suited for dry skin.  

skin actives antioxidant booster

Using a pipette, add two drops of Antioxidant Booster.

skin actives fragrance mixes

L-R: Anti-oxidant, Cucumber Melon, Peach, Rose

Then mix in a couple drops of the fragrance of your choice, which is completely optional, of course. 

I used just one baby drop of the rose oil and it was very powerful, so a little goes a long way.

skin actives diy moisturizer

Thoroughly mix all ingredients with your spatula and voila! You have your own moisturizer.

Remember, this is just the beginning of the SkinActives options and active ingredients. Have at it, my pretties. Create your own Shiseido, Clarins, and Kinerase. Do it yourself and do it better.

  • Do you DIY your skin care? Tell me your secrets. 
  • Do you feel like you have insider beauty trading secrets with this active ingredients list? I do.