Essential oils are a beautiful way to support your skin in a natural, non-toxic way. Their application for beauty treatments goes back many centuries. From perfumery to treating dry skin, essential oils are versatile and effective.
Which Essential Oils Help to Get Rid of Puffy Eyes or Under Eye Bags?
Sandalwood essential oil smoothes the skin. It can also reduce the appearance of scars and blemishes.
Frankincense combines well with Sandalwood. One of the handiest essential oils, Frankincense will give you the look of a full 8 hours’ sleep (even if you didn’t get that many Zzzzs). Frankincense is anti-inflammatory. This property helps with morning redness, puffiness and regenerating of cell growth. Frankincense has a mild to medium fruity spicy aroma that many appreciate.
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Finally, Lemon essential oil. Not only is it a fresh citrus scent, it will help lighten and add radiance to your under eye skin! Make sure to use steam distilled Lemon as it is the most gentle for skin care applications.
Why Switch to Natural Skin Care?
Many commercial creams and serums are leaden with chemical ingredients. This makes them harsh on sensitive skin.
When it comes to creams near your eyes, it’s smart to use extra caution. A natural, chemical free and effective alternative is essential oils. Not only are you benefiting your own skincare, but you are also helping reduce waste! The beauty industry uses too much and non-compostable packaging.
This DIY eye cream is zero waste, reusable, and you are in full control of what your skin needs!
DIY Under Eye Serum Recipe for Puffy Eyes and Dark Circles
- 1 ounce Almond Oil
- 1 ounce Argan Oil
- 3 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil
- 10 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
- 3 drops Lemon Essential Oil (Steam Distilled)
How to Make Your Own Under Eye Cream
- You can use either a 2-ounce glass dropper bottle or a 6 – 10 ml roller bottle.
- Combine all the ingredients in a glass / stainless steel bowl and mix so they blend evenly.
- Pour carefully or funnel your serum into bottle.
- After your regular cleansing routine, apply a few drops under your eyes.
- Dab and smooth serum with ring finger.
- Leave on as a night under eye mask.
- For the best results, use every night.
- Store in a cool area, like on your nightstand.
Why these Ingredients?
Almond and Argan oils are light and easy to apply, and they are excellent carrier oils.
Argan oil is rich with antioxidants, fatty acids and Vitamin E. It is safe to use around the eyes even with the most sensitive skin. Argan is best applied at night, so the properties can moisturize and soften any fine lines. Overnight application with also help with uninterrupted elasticity treatment of under eye skin.
Almond oil is the best for lightening dark under circles and puffiness. Almond oil also contains retinol, which increases collagen production. Many anti-aging creams and serums contain Retinol. Yet, often those same creams harsh ingredients can irritate the under eye.
If you need a thicker moisturizer, try Coconut oil or Shea butter.
Results You Can Expect
Use your DIY under eye serum daily. Allow your skin to get adjusted to the serum. You should start seeing brighter, tighter and moisturized skin after only a few treatments!
When you cleanse your face in the morning, make sure to stroke away from your eyes in case there is leftover residue. Your skin should feel smoother and gives off the fresh appearance like you got 8+ hours of sleep. So you can skip the concealer and let your natural skin glow!
Everyone’s skin is different, so don’t be afraid to try and test a few times. If you have extra sensitive skin, use fewer drops of essential oils or a thicker carrier oil like coconut. If you don’t love the scent of these essential oils, use an alternate oil. Geranium, Rosemary and Chamomile essential oils have similar anti-inflammatory properties. They are soothing and help with under eyes water retention (3).
Of course, use precaution with everything you place on your body. Always avoid contact with your eyes and if any irritation, stop usage.