Don't make eye cream an afterthought. It's just as important as your moisturizer. In fact, your eye area actually requires extra attention simply because the skin is so delicate around the eyes. That patch of skin around your peepers tends to age faster, dry out faster and accumulate fluid that leads to puffiness when allergies crop up or you've been skipping your greens. It's also the first tell-tale sign of sleep deprivation (hello dark circles!).
So what should you do? Go out and buy the most expensive eye cream you can get hold of in the hope that more zeros equals more effective?
Wait a minute! You don't have to do that.
Beauty products are so much better when they're natural. Or how about 100% natural? And you won't get more natural than these diy eye cream recipes we're about to show you.
From fine lines to puffiness to dark circles and more, here are 5 easy homemade eye creams you can make using natural ingredients.
Stress, sun exposure, smoking and sometimes just darn genetics can cause discoloration around the eyes. That's because the skin is so thin, that blood vessels are more apparent under the eyes. Vitamin C and K are your saviours here.
Rich in vitamin E, K and retinol, almond oil is a superb ingredient for fighting dark circles. As is honey, which offers both anti-inflammatory and moisturizing effects. Honey also contains vitamin C, another anti-pigmentation and anti-aging angel. Together, they work even better in dealing with eye circles.
How to: Mix a teaspoon of raw honey with five drops of almond oil and massage it gently into your dark circles and leave it to penetrate the under eye skin. You can also make it in bulk and store it in a glass jar.
Blinking, winking and even - gasp - smiling can make your eyes look older than their years. The constant muscle action combined with the already thin skin can age the skin around your eyes quickly. And if you're a smoker: crows feet alert!
Be warned, your eyes age the most between 20 and 50, so there's no better time to start using an anti wrinkle eye serum than now. Fortunately, you can make your own eye cream using the most potent anti-aging ingredients.
Coconut oil is the prime ingredient for tackling fine lines. It acts as a moisturizer, multivitamin and an antioxidant, all of which are excellent at stimulating collagen production in the skin. Vitamin e oil is another powerful antioxidant that averts premature aging. A beauty product you rarely hear about is frankincense essential oil and yet, this is yet another anti-ager and skin rejuvenator.
How to: Mix 1 tablespoon of organic coconut oil with the oil of 5 vitamin e capsules (use pins to poke holes and extract oil) and melt on low heat over the stove. Remove from heat and add a few drops of frankincense essential oil. Leave it to cool and solidify. Then dab a small amount of the eye serum under your eyes. Repeat daily for desired results.
Under eye puffiness is caused by fluid buildup that results in swelling in tissues surrounding the eye. Allergies and sinuses might be to blame, but so could diet, sleep deprivation and alcohol consumption. Cooling, anti-inflammatory ingredients are ideal for erasing eye bags. Even simple green tea bags can help calm inflammation and deflate puffy lids. Just soak a cotton pad in cool, brewed green tea and apply directly to your eye area.
Without a doubt, one of the best skin care products for de-puffing your eyes is aloe vera gel. According to research, the plant is packed with vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. Along with its anti-inflammatory properties, aloe vera is an excellent eye bag treatment. Evening primrose oil is also useful for its anti-inflammatory abilities.
How to: Mix together 2 teaspoons of aloe vera gel, 1 teaspoon of evening primrose oil and 1 teaspoon of lavender essential oil. Use morning and night around the eyes to decrease puffiness.
Dry skin around the eyes is perfectly normal, but it's pesky at the same time. Because eye skin loses moisture 50% faster than the rest of your face, it's prone to drying out fast and losing elasticity. It's certainly the driest part of your face. Thus, it's easy to see why you could be suffering with dry patches around the eyes.
Beeswax is a moisture powerhouse. It's a humectant and a great source of vitamin a, which increases hydration and diminishes dead skin cells. It's also packed with antioxidants, enhances elasticity and anti-allergic. Shea butter is another extremely hydrating and nourishing ingredient thanks to its high concentration of vitamins and fatty acids. Once again, coconut oil makes another appearance. Rich in lauric acid and essential fats, coconut oil is the ultimate skin quencher for parched skin. And finally, rosehip oil. A nourishing product that helps skin retain moisture and prevent aging.
How to: Mix together 1 tablespoon of beeswax, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 1 teaspoon of shea butter and a couple of drops of rosehip seed oil in a mason jar. Fill a pot halfway with water and heat it up on the stove on low heat. Place the jar into the water and leave the ingredients to melt. It should take about 3 or 4 minutes. Remove from the stove and leave the mixture to cool. Apply to skin around the eyes, like you would an eye serum. You could also double up the ingredients and store it in a glass jar. The shelf life of the diy eye cream would be around 2 weeks.
Tired of people asking if you're tired? Even folks who regularly get their 8 hours can suffer from tired eyes. Allergies, eye strain, and eating too much salt could all be responsible for sucking the life out of your peepers. With the right blend of natural beauty ingredients, your tired eyes will be a problem of the past.
Jojoba oil is an emollient and a twin of human skin oil. In other words, it absorbs very quickly and effectively into your skin, pumping your under eye skin with plenty of moisture. Chamomile essential oil, on the other hand, is soothing and calming on the skin. It's useful in making your skin look more alert and less stressed.
How to: Mix together 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil and 3-4 drops of chamomile oil. Because this will be of a liquid consistency, it's best to store it in a bottle and use an eye dropper to apply it to your under eyes. For best results, apply twice daily.
Every good skincare routine includes eye cream. But you don't have to pay a fortune for fancy stuff. Using simple, natural ingredients, you can create some fantastic diy eye creams proven to offer great results. From fine lines to dark circles, you can banish each blemish with its own unique diy eye cream solution. Plus, you'll have tons of fun creating your own beauty product potions. After all, there's nothing more fun than diy beauty products. They're affordable, easy to make, and completely natural and beneficial for all skin types.