Most recipes for homemade eye cream need a preservative, but if I can I’d rather not have that around my eyes. So I’ve formulated two products that will keep your eyes looking stunning.
Have you seen eye creams you can buy in a store, or maybe even tried to make your own eye cream? I’m sure you have, but sometimes I feel like eyes don’t get enough love. We’re always so obsessed with the way other parts of the body look, such as growing waistbands or wrinkly hands. But what about those two organs that most of us rely on to interpret the world?
Delicate and sensitive eye tissue
Okay, so I’m not going to be sharing anything that’s going to improve your eyesight, but did you know that the skin and muscles in and around the eyes are some of the most delicate and sensitive soft tissue on the face?
Lets also not forget that this area can easily succumb to the signs of aging, with wrinkles around the eyes (also known as crows feet) are some of the first facial lines to appear? So yeah, eyes need some tender love and care as well!
Why This Is Not Really A ‘Cream’
I know that I’ve titled this post with the phrase ‘DIY eye cream’, but that’s kind of a little white lie. Before I confuse you further, lets briefly discuss what a cream actually is.
So a cream, also known as a ‘lotion’, is a mix of water, oil and emulsifying wax. The problem we have here is that because of the water content, a preservative is a kind of a necessity. But preservatives aren’t natural, remember, and no amount of vitamin E is going to stop bacteria growing. This is also the reason I’d never use a commercial produced eye cream you can pick up at your local drug store (no matter how expensive it is).
To Preserve Or Not Preserve , That is The Question
As we’ve already said, the eyes are super sensitive, so if possible I would rather not use a preservative around my eyes. I, therefore, have a choice of making the eye cream up as and when I need it. Or I make something without water so I don’t have to use preservatives at all.
But the whole point of this post was to make a homemade eye cream that’s preservative-free. So, I sat and thought about it for a while on how to make a suitable eye cream or an alternative that does something similar. I had a coffee and a few cookies too because a girls gotta keep her strength up, you know?
After a while, I came to the conclusion that the best thing I can do is formulate something that is designed to nourish, soothe and care for our delicate eye region while also excluding water and preservatives.
I came up with two of them! Let’s take a look.
This Eye Butter Is Better Than Cream
Yup! A butter! You’ve probably used one of these all over your body, and that’s because they’re deeply hydrating, exceptionally nourishing and well… just so darned good!
This one has been specially formulated to keep our eyes looking bright, young, and full of life! Better yet, because the recipe doesn’t call for any water or hydrosol, it can happily keep for up to a year!
- I’ve included shea butter in this recipe, mostly because it’s probably the best cosmetic butter you can readily get your hands on. It’s such a wonderful ingredient in any skin care product, packed with nutrients that will nourish our skin, but also keep it moisturized with help from the various carrier oils that we’ve also included.
- But let’s not forget that Rose Essential Oil! It’s possibly the most treasured of all the EOs, coveted for its ah-mazing anti-aging properties. It will also soothe eye irritation, something all of us experience in this day and age with the amount of pollution and chemicals being pumped into our atmosphere every second.
How To Make DIY Eye Cream
- Measure and then combine all of your ingredients, except the essential oil, into a heatproof vessel. A pyrex jug/beaker or a mason jar works quite well. Place the jug into a water bath for about 10 minutes, or until the solid butter, oil and wax has melted together.To use the water bath method, fill a pan with a few inches of water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and then place the jug into the center. Do not allow the water to boil while you’re melting your ingredients.
- Once your ingredients have melted, remove from the heat and allow to cool for about 5 minutes. Do not leave it long enough to completely harden. We’re looking for a thick liquid, a little like ketchup.
- Add your drops of essential oil. We needed our oil, butter and wax mixture to cool a bit first as otherwise, you’ll lose all the goodness of our EO. Once the essential oil is in, give it a good mix.
- Pour, or spoon, the mixture into your chosen jar. Ensure you’re using glass or coated/cosmetic grade aluminum, or you can use a PET plastic (ordinary plastic is not suitable).
A DIY Eye Serum That Also Works Way Better Than Eye Cream
You may have used a face serum before, but if not here’s the scoop. Serums are a mixture of different carrier oils, essential oils, and other products and can be applied directly to the skin to fight off wrinkles and take care of our eyes.
Much like the butter, the lack of water here allows you to keep using the same one for up to a year. This also means we don’t need a preservative!
- So let’s talk about what goes into this magical elixir. The carrier oils, Avocado, and Kukui Nut are chosen for their ability to quickly sink into the skin, whilst simultaneously care of aging and dry skin. They’re pretty fabulous oils, and you can read more about them here.
- Neroli essential oil is a fabulous ingredient for any skin care product. It helps to rejuvenate the skin, as well as restoring the elasticity that we lose as we get older. It also has a fabulous way of encouraging the growth of new skin cells.
- Squalane is great also. We all produce this naturally before the age of 25, and it lends a youthful, vibrant appearance to our skin. After this age, however, we stop producing it. This loss is one of the causes of wrinkles and fine lines. By adding this to our serum we can reclaim this and keep our eyes looking more youthful for longer!
Ingredients For The Eye Serum Recipe
- 1.5 tbs Avocado Oil
- 1 tbs Kukui Nut Oil
- 7 drops of Neroli Essential Oil
- 1 tsp Olive Squalane
- Glass or PET plastic bottle (to store)
How To Make Eye Serum
This is so simple that I won’t even bother to list steps. Simply combine all of your ingredients and pour it into a suitable bottle made of glass or PET plastic (try and get your hands on a dark color as well, just to keep that essential oil working for longer).
I like to use this at night before I go to bed. It lets all of the oils soak in as you sleep, preparing your eyes for the day ahead.
Final Thoughts On These Eye Area Recipes
So there we have it, two recipes that are (in my opinion) a million times better than any homemade eye cream you can make, or a commercially produced alternative you can buy in a store. Like I’ve already said, creams are great but for some people, the preservatives necessary to keep bacteria levels stable are sometimes just too problematic for this region of skin.
I’ve already said how and when I like to use these products, but in reality, you can use them whenever you like. You could even use them together, as they sink into the skin relatively quickly anyway.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post today and learning about the different ways we can care for our eyes as we age. If you take one thing away with you, I’d hope it would be how important it is to limit the use of products with added preservatives around the eyes.
Please go ahead and share on Facebook to let others know more about this hidden danger, and how they can quickly whip up a safe alternative at home.
Next, take a look at my lovely green tea and cucumber eye gel, this can take the place of your toner in the evening. Gels are better than toners for tightening up the skin under your eye. They can also offer powerful soothing, softening and anti-aging properties to keep your eyes feeling young and fresh for longer.