I’ve never been a morning person, but lately, I’ve noticed that I have one more reason to dislike an early wake-up. A couple of fine lines here and occasionally dark circles and puffiness under my eyes remind me that I may need to start doing something for my under-eye skin.
After all, the skin around the eyes is very thin and delicate, with very few oil glands, making it more susceptible to collagen loss.
Investing in a good eye cream can prevent and delay those signs considerably. But on the downside, many products can be expensive and can hurt your wallet.
This is one of the reasons we love making our own DIY eye cream (we’ve also made DIY sugar scrub if you’re into exfoliating too). We’ve gathered here 3 different recipes to treat dark circles, wrinkles and puffiness. Enjoy!
What’s a DIY Eye Cream Used For?
There are 3 main concerns an eye cream can be used for:
- Fine lines and wrinkles: As we age, the skin loses its natural ability to stay firm, hydrated and elastic. It also becomes more vulnerable to environmental damage and inflammation. Free radicals take over, leading to the formation of creases, wrinkles, and fine lines. Eye creams that contain antioxidants, peptides, lipids, and other anti-aging ingredients are used to prevent and delay those aging signs.
- Under-eye puffiness: Fluid retention, dehydration, lack of sleep and fatigue are only a few of the reasons that lead to puffy eyes. By increasing lymphatic circulation, draining the fluid that builds up in the under-eye area, improving elasticity and boosting hydration, puffy eyes creams can help you look rested and more youthful.
- Dark circles under eyes: Whether it is due to hereditary reasons, lack of sleep, allergies, aging or dehydration, dark circles can make us look awfully tired. There are various ingredients that do have positive effects on brightening the skin area such as peptides, caffeine, vitamin C, ceramides and more.
DIY Eye Cream Pros and cons
- You can create your own natural eye cream to target a specific skin issue that you need to deal with and control the amount of the ingredients you are using in order to make it more effective.
- Avoid allergens, preservatives and unnecessary fillers that are contained in over the counter eye creams and can cause irritation and dryness to the skin.
- Become more knowledgeable about your skincare.
- Create affordable products that will suit your budget.
- Like any new task, it might be time-consuming to create a DIY under eye cream in the beginning. That’s something to consider, although think of it this way – the short term stress will be worth the financial savings down the track.
- You have to be careful when mixing different ingredients so that you prevent microbial contamination. Generally, components that are water-free do not require the use of a preservative.
- A trial and error process might be inevitable until you come up with the recipe that works for you best. This is something to consider if you’re short on time.
3 DIY Eye Cream Recipes
Remember, eye creams are great when used as step 7 in your routine, depending on how many steps your routine has, of course. Here’s a complete DIY natural skincare routine for reference.
1. For Wrinkles
This easy recipe contains a number of key ingredients – namely shea butter, vitamin E oil, camellia oil and peach kernel oil.
Rich in antioxidant vitamins and fatty acids, shea butter is great at combating skin dryness, restoring elasticity and smoothing out wrinkles.
Vitamin E has strong antioxidant and anti-aging properties while Camelia oil (rich in Omega 6) regenerates skin tissues and brings younger skin cells to the surface. With its high amounts of vitamins A and E, Peach kernel oil works nicely to smooth lines and plump the skin.
- shea butter (2 tbsp)
- vitamin E oil (½ tsp)
- camellia oil (1 tsp)
- peach kernel oil (1 tsp)
Step 1: In a glass bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of shea butter with a half teaspoon of vitamin E oil, 1 teaspoon of camellia oil and 1 teaspoon of peach kernel oil.
Step 2: Once they are blended well, transfer into a jar.
Step 3: Use twice or once a day around the eyes.
2. Homemade Eye Cream For Puffiness
Rich in fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals, aloe vera is known for its hydrating and anti-inflammatory skin benefits. As such, this is the perfect main ingredient as it can help reduce puffiness as well as moisturize the under-eye area.
One of our favourite natural skin oils, rosehip oil, is a true anti-aging warrior that tightens the skin and can also reduce dark spots. The third ingredient in this formula will be apricot kernel as it is great soothing oil for inflammation and moisturizing dry skin.
Here’s what you need.
- Aloe vera (1 tbsp)
- Apricot kernel (1 tsp)
- Rosehip oil (½ tsp)
Step 1: Mix 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel with 1 teaspoon of apricot kernel oil and ½ teaspoon of rosehip oil.
Step 2: Transfer the cream-gel from the bowl to a glass jar and keep it in the fridge (aloe vera contains water and therefore it’s more prone to bacterial growth). The wasn’t so difficult, right?
3. Skin Brightening DIY Eye Cream For Dark Circles
Found in many over-the-counter beauty products, vitamin K is part of a vitamin group useful for its wound healing properties, making it useful for inflammation and redness. Vitamin K’s main components include K1 and K2 – you’ll get K1 by eating healthy greens and K2 from animal products and foods that are fermented.
In addition, walnut oil is good for diminishing wrinkles over time and helps reduce the signs of aging, as some studies report.
Now it’s time to gather your ingredients.
- Coconut oil (½ cup)
- Vitamin K (1 tsp)
- Walnut Oil (1 tsp)
Step 1: Gently heat up ½ cup of coconut oil until melted.
Step 2: Once melted, add 1 teaspoon of vitamin K and 1 teaspoon of walnut oil to the mix.
Step 3: Add the mixture into a glass container and it is ready for use!
Final Thoughts On DIY Eye Cream
Creating a DIY eye cream can be quite rewarding. Imagine the feeling when you create a recipe that works better than your expensive brand eye cream or the look of your friends’ faces when you reveal the manufacturer’s name.
We’d love to hear how your at-home projects go. Let us know which recipe was your favourite @kiseu