Have you seen eye creams you can buy in a store, or maybe even tried to make your own DIY 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?
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!
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.
Why I Won’t Use A DIY Eye ‘Cream’
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 in creams, a preservative is a kind of necessary, and this is also the reason why I have problems with creams being used around the eye. So even homemade eye cream isn’t great.
As we’ve already said, the eyes are super sensitive. I don’t care what preservative is in a product, I absolutely don’t want any of that stuff around my eyes. 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).
So, I sat and thought about it for a while how to make a suitable homemade 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 a skin care product 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.
Homemade Eye Butter That’s Better Than Any Eye 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.
Ingredients For The Homemade Eye Butter recipe
- 1 tbs Coconut Oil
- 2 tbs Shea Butter
- 1 tsp Beeswax
- 1.5 tsp Rice Bran Oil
- 4 drops Rose Essential Oil
- Glass or PET plastic pot (to store)
How To Make Eye Butter
Step 1: 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.
Step 2: 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.
Step 3: 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.
Step 4: 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.
Step 5: 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).
Store this in a dark place, unless your jar is metal or a colored glass/pet plastic, as sunlight can damage essential oils.
I like to use a small amount of this when I wake up, after my morning shower. The beeswax works as a thin layer that helps to protect your skin all day long from the elements.
I tend not to wear very heavy eye makeup, but if you’re the kind of gal that likes to go all out, try applying it below the eye and forget about the lid until you get home from work or whatever you’re up to that day. Or you can just use it at night, it won’t matter too much.
A DIY Eye Serum That Also Works Way Better Than Eye Cream
You may have used a 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, which is always a must when we’re talking about eye care.
- 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.
- Squaline 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 Squaline
- 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 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 diy 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 the preservatives necessary to keep bacteria levels stable is just too problematic for this region of skin. Take my advice and use these instead of a cream, you won’t regret it.
- 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.
- One thing I should mention about the butter, though, is that during the winter I’ve found it tends to be quite hard and requires a bit of warming in the palm of your hand before you can apply it. If you live in a rather warm climate, you shouldn’t have this problem. However, colder climate dwellers might want to increase the rice bran oil by half a teaspoon.
Other Eye Cream Recipes From SavvyHomemade
Avocado Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream Recipe
I’ve been trying out a simple cream that is especially good around the eye area. This recipe is great when used in conjunction with my 3 step facial at home.
- You can tell when the avocado is ripe by holding it in your palm and lightly squeezing it with your fingers. A ripe fruit will feel soft to your touch. It should peel easily and evenly revealing a wonderful green-gold inside.
- Peel and mash the avocado into a pulp using either a fork, blender, or a sieve. Then add your oil to the mashed avocado, and mix well.
- Apply to any wrinkles and leave for 15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water to leave your skin feeling fresh and smooth.
- Any mixture containing foodstuff should be treated in the same way as if you were eating it.So make just enough to last a few days, then place it in an airtight container in the fridge.
A Nourishing Eye Cream Recipe
This is a very rich, nourishing and easy to make eye cream, that will smooth the lines from around your eyes and makes a great homemade gift.
- 1 tablespoon (15ml) Cocoa Butter
- 1 tablespoon (15ml) lanolin
- 1 teaspoon (5ml) Wheat Germ Oil
- 1 drop Rosemary essential oil
- Gently melt the cocoa butter and lanolin in a heavy based saucepan.
- Beat in the wheat germ oil and remove from the heat.
- Add the rosemary essential oil and then stir until cool.
- Put it into a sterile pot and cover.
- Smooth a dab of cream around each eye socket, working from the inside to the outside, over then under the
- Allow the cream to absorb through the night.
A Gentle DIY Eye Gel
The protein in the gelatine will not only nourish the skin but will help to tighten and smooth it too. Elderflowers also have a mild tightening and toning effect, and the eyebright can help to soothe and relieve tired eyes. This contains water so will not last very long and is made in small batches.
What you will need:
- 1 small fresh spring of Elder Flowers or 1 elderflower teabag
- 1/2 teaspoon (2.5ml) dried Eyebright Leaves (also available from most good herbalist)
- 1 teaspoon (5ml) Powdered gelatin
- 5 fl oz (150ml) water
- Place the elderflowers, eyebright and water into a saucepan, bring to the boil, cover and simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Cool and then strain the infusion.
- Put the gelatine and 3 tablespoons of the infusion into a small saucepan and leave to sit for 10 minutes.
- Place the saucepan over a low heat until the gelatine has melted.
- Transfer the mixture into a clean jar or pot with a lid. Allowing the gel to cool and solidify before placing the lid on it.
- With your fingertips, place a small amount of gel onto the skin around each eye. Dabbing the gel into the skin rather than rubbing it in.
Eye Tightening Pack
When your eyes are feeling tired and the bags are beginning to show, relax with this nourishing under eye tighten pack. Lie down and chill whilst this pack go’s to work, you’ll feel the benefits immensely!
What you need:
- 1 small sprig of Rosemary Leaf
- 3 fl oz (100ml) boiling water
- 1 teaspoon ground almonds
- 1 tablespoon egg white
- Make a quick infusion by placing the rosemary sprig in a bowl and pouring over the boiling water, cover and leave to cool.
- Remove the rosemary and strain if necessary.
- Mix together the almonds, egg white and 2 tablespoons of the rosemary infusion.
- Dab the mixture under the eyes, put your feet up and relax for 15 minutes before rinsing of with warm water.
- If the skin feels a little dry massage the area with a little almond or olive oil.
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. So, essential, even homemade eye cream isn’t good for you.
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