Making your own eye cream allows you to tailor it to your specific needs and avoid harsh chemicals. Here are 7 DIY anti-wrinkle eye creams made with natural ingredients.
Are you aware that the area around your eyes requires more attention than the rest of your face? This is because the skin here is much more sensitive and lighter than in other areas. It is also the first place in the body where wrinkles appear.
Before we get into all this, let me tell you how and if under-eye creams work. Dermatologists share that it is highly hereditary if you have bags under the eyes. Therefore, no amount of eye cream will be able to minimise their appearance.
Changing lifestyle factors, such as drinking more water or adhering to a fixed sleep schedule, may be able to alleviate sunken eyes to some extent. While no magic extract can stop the ageing process entirely, a good eye cream can help reduce wrinkle appearance, and that’s what we will be looking into today.
1. Cucumber and mint
The cooling property of cucumbers is not new news. A cucumber slice can help soothe puffy eyes and also reduce swelling. Mint leaves, too, have cooling properties which are beneficial for managing dark circles and improving your skin health. Combined, these two can be excellent for soothing those wrinkles under your eyes.
Milk Almon oil
Aloe vera gel
Blend cucumber and mint leaves thoroughly.
Add three tablespoons of milk, one tablespoon aloe vera gel, and three drops of almond oil.
Form a paste and apply it under your eyes.
Leave it on for 10 minutes, and then wash it off with cold water.
2. Coconut oil and frankincense
Virgin coconut oil is soothing for your eyes, especially the under eyes. In addition, coconut and frankincense oils are excellent moisturisers and skin tighteners. With vitamin E’s ability to regenerate cells and reverse sun damage, this eye cream is extremely effective.
Vitamin E capsules (2 for one tbs of oil)
Frankincense oil (in drops)
Warm the coconut oil and pour it into a bowl.
Pour the oil from the vitamin E capsules into it.
Add frankincense oil and stir gently.
Seal it and place it in the refrigerator.
Apply it around your eyes before you sleep.
Note: This remedy can be refrigerated and used for two weeks.
3. Shea butter and chamomile
Under-eye wrinkles can be treated with shea butter and chamomile essential oil. According to studies, shea butter naturally stimulates collagen production, increasing skin firmness. As a result, wrinkles around the eyes may appear less prominent. Chamomile oil smoothens and replenishes delicate skin around the eyes, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Over low heat, warm the shea butter.
Combine it with ten drops of pure chamomile essential oil.
Place the mixture in a container and allow it to cool.
Every day, apply it under your eyes as a regular eye cream.
4. Brightening Eye Area Salve
Olive oil is rich in fat-soluble vitamins (including E and K, both of which are good for all skin types), and geranium and bergamot essential oils result in a fresh, bright scent.
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons shea butter
1 teaspoon argan oil
4 drops geranium essential oil
3 drops bergamot essential oil
In a heat-proof bowl, combine olive oil, shea butter, and argan oil.
Heat gently until all ingredients are melted together.
Remove from heat and add 3-4 drops of geranium essential oil and 2-3 drops of bergamot essential oil.
Cool for a few minutes and pour into a container; mix will harden a bit but will still be soft enough to dab. Apply as needed.
5. Anti-Puffy Eye Cream
Coffee and green tea are often used in skin creams to reduce puffiness because caffeine is a vasoconstrictor (it constricts blood vessels). Combined with soothing ingredients, they can create a good short-term fix to hide swollen eye-area skin.
First, you’ll need to make a coffee-infused oil by combining 2 tablespoons of almond oil with 1 tablespoon of caffeinated ground coffee in a heat-proof bowl. Gently heat it in a double-boiler for an hour. Let cool to touch, then filter out the coffee grounds using a cheesecloth or a fine sieve.
Combine coffee-infused almond oil with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 1 tablespoon beeswax pellets, the contents of one vitamin E capsule, and your favorite gentle essential oil, like lavender or rose (or leave unscented).
Heat this mixture over a double-boiler until everything is melted.
Let cool to the touch but pour into a glass container while it’s still liquid.
6. Emergency Rescue for Puffy Eyes
Sometimes you wake up on the wrong side of the bed and the skin around your eyes tells on you. This quick pick-me-up needs to be made in advance, but it will keep for a year or more in the freezer, so it’ll be there when you need it.
1/4 cup of your favorite milk (a nut milk like almond or hazelnut is best but any milk will work)
1/4 cup aloe vera gel
4 cucumber slices with most of the skin removed
6 mint leaves
1 tablespoon almond oil
In a blender, mix milk, aloe vera gel, and 3-4 thick cucumber slices.
Add mint leaves and almond oil. Blend for 2 minutes.
Pour blended mix into an ice cube tray and freeze.
When needed, pop out of the ice tray, wrap in a thin piece of fabric (like a bandana), lie down, and gently pat the eye area. It will slowly melt, which is fine, let the mixture soak into your skin.
7. Jasmine Green Tea Eye Spray
Jasmine green tea contains caffeine, so like the coffee eye cream, this spray might help with puffiness. Aloe vera will moisturize and the double-spray process will give this light mixture a chance to absorb. The spray application method is also an easy way to cover the whole eye area at once.
Brew a tablespoon of jasmine green tea with three tablespoons of hot water (180 degrees Fahrenheit) for three minutes. Drain green tea leaves out.
Add a tablespoon of argan oil to the warm, concentrated tea, and then 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel.
Add mixture to a small spray container. Shake vigorously to mix ingredients.
Close eyes and spray over the eye area.
Gently pat dry and repeat, this time patting the mixture into the area around the eye with your fingertips. Gently pat dry again.
Shake well before each use. This spray doesn’t have any natural preservatives in it so will only last a couple of weeks.