Making your own homemade eye cream
Are you tired of looking in the mirror each day at eyes that look, well, tired?
If you are hoping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and make the skin around your eyes less puffy, an eye cream may be the answer.
But when you shop for eye creams online or locally, you may balk at the prices you see.
Do you need to shell out several hundred bucks to gets results?
The good news is that the answer to that question is a firm no. You can make your very own natural under eye cream at home quickly, easily, and affordably.
In this article, we will share some natural, healthy recipes for DIY eye cream. But first, let’s go over some natural ingredients that can help restore a youthful, fresh look to the skin around your eyes.
What Natural Ingredients are Good for Eye Cream?
Here are some ingredients that you can consider adding to your personalized DIY eye cream recipe:
- Caffeine. In one study, the participants use a caffeine pad with vitamin K in a base of Emu oil under one eye over four weeks. The participants tested it against a placebo pad under the other eye. The results show that the dark circles had reduced and elasticity increased, decreasing the appearance of wrinkles. These results suggest that tea or coffee are some great ingredients to use in your DIY eye cream formulations as both contain caffeine.
- Vitamin K powder. You can get vitamin K in a powder form to add to your eye cream.
- Vitamin E oil. Dermatologists have been using this fat-soluble antioxidant for decades. If you live in an area where you are exposed to a lot of sunlight, the antioxidant properties of vitamin E oil may protect against sun damage.
- Coconut oil. This oil can help to reduce inflammation around your eyes. It can moisturize dry skin as well and possesses a “soothing” quality.
- Olive oil. Like vitamin E oil, olive oil helps protect skin from damage and possesses anti-inflammatory properties. Indeed, it can even be helpful with skin conditions such as eczema.
- Arnica oil contains flavonoids and phenolic acids and can help to fight harmful free radicals.
- Aloe vera: It probably comes as no surprise that aloe vera is a recommended ingredient for homemade natural eye creams. This gel can soothe inflammation and nourish your skin.
- Shea butter: For dry skin around your eyes, it is hard to beat shea butter for a moisturizer.
- Essential oils: A variety of essentials oils, including rosemary, clary sage, and lemon, can have numerous benefits for your skin. All of these can fight free radicals with their antioxidant properties. To reduce inflammation, consider oils like rose, geranium, and sandalwood. Geranium and sandalwood are also useful for moisturizing your skin.
Some people enjoy adding essential oils to their DIY eye creams. If you decide to do this, make sure that you always dilute them first by adding them to a carrier oil such as coconut oil or olive oil.
The reason this is so important is because the high concentration of essential oils makes them very potent. And while they can be beneficial, they can also be too strong to use directly on the skin without irritating unless they are diluted.
Considering that undiluted essential oils can irritate any skin, they can be extra irritating on the sensitive skin around your eyes if you do not dilute them appropriately.
You also should avoid getting them in your eyes.
What Application Tools Should You Use?
Jade rollers or gua sha scrapers are becoming increasingly popular tools as part of a skincare routine, particularly around the eyes.
However, we would recommend approaching these tools with caution, if at all. Why? Because the skin around your eyes is sensitive, and so is the underlying tissue. There are many nerve endings around your eyes that can be very painful if you aggravate them.
Instead, we suggest you just wash your hands and use your fingers to rub your DIY eye cream in.
How Often Should You Apply Your Eye Cream?
If you want to maximize your results with DIY eye cream, you will want to apply it every day. If you skip days, it will not be as effective.
This begs the question, should you apply your eye cream in the morning or the evening?
Glamsquad’s director of artistry, Kelli J. Bartlett, explains that night is a better time to apply eye cream than in the morning.
Bartlett offers a couple of reasons. The first is that you won’t be mixing your eye cream with other products, and it may absorb more effectively as a result.
The second is that while you are sleeping, your skin undergoes repair processes like the rest of your body. Thus, Bartlett says, “while your skin is working, it might as well have something to work with.”
How Long Will It Take to See Results?
You shouldn’t put on any skincare product expecting to see instant glowing results the next morning and years taken off of your appearance.
While the natural ingredients we have recommended are powerful, they need time to do their work.
How much time? That can vary depending on various factors, including the exact formula you have created and your individual skin type.
Some people might start noticing some improvements as soon as a few days after beginning a new regimen with a DIY eye cream.
But for many people, the full results will not be evident until using the eye cream for at least a few weeks.
Natural Eye Cream DIY Recipes to Try
Now that we have gone over some ingredients you can use for natural eye cream at home and some application tips, let’s check out a few recipes for different purposes.
Recipe #1: Treat Dark Circles
If your goal is to brighten up your complexion around your eyes for a fresh, alert appearance, consider giving this simple recipe a try:
- Tea or coffee (your choice!)
- Vitamin K powder
1. Bring your water to a boil.
2. Steep your tea bags or make coffee (using whatever method you typically do to make coffee).
3. Take the coffee or tea off the heat and wait for it to cool down a bit.
4. Pour the small amount you plan to use into a small dish.
5. Stir in 1 teaspoon of vitamin K powder.
6. Dip a cotton pad into the tea or coffee and apply it under and around your eyes.
This recipe can be effortless to make if you drink tea or coffee each day.
Just prepare a little more than you plan to drink, and use the excess as part of your skincare treatment. You can use it on its own or add the vitamin K if you want to enhance it. It is really that simple.
Recipe #2: Protect Against Free Radicals and Sun Damage
If you are looking for an anti-aging eye cream recipe, there is no way you can turn back time. But you can combat the free radicals and sun damage that contribute so much to the effects of age around your eyes. Here is a recipe you can try.
- Olive oil
- Arnica oil
- Vitamin E oil
- Shea butter
1. Combine one teaspoon of olive oil, one teaspoon of arnica oil, and one teaspoon of vitamin E oil in a bowl. Mix them until they are thoroughly combined.
2. Mix in as much shea butter as you need to get the consistency you want.
3. Rub the mixture under your eyes.
Recipe #3: Fight Puffiness and Inflammation
If the skin around your eyes is often puffy-looking, this could be a result of inflammation in this sensitive area.
If you want to decrease this puffiness, you need to bring down the information. This recipe features soothing ingredients that have anti-inflammatory benefits.
- Coconut oil
- Olive oil
- Aloe vera
1. Stir together one teaspoon of olive oil and one teaspoon of coconut oil in a small dish.
2. Mix in as much aloe vera as you need to achieve the consistency you want.
Use your fingers to apply the mixture under your eyes.
Enjoy Making Your Own DIY Eye Serum With Healthy Natural Ingredients
We hope you enjoyed this selection of easy DIY eye cream recipes you can make at home. With these simple recipes, you will save a ton of money on skincare around your eyes.
You’ll be nourishing that sensitive skin with research-backed ingredients that are natural, healthy, and effective. Remember, you will get the best results with consistency. So, use your eye cream every day, and give it a few weeks before you judge the results.