Dark circles rob the beauty of the face and make you look older and tired. Dark circles are generally treated with topical creams containing soothing and lightening ingredients. Most commercially available eye creams contain harmful chemicals that may irritate the delicate skin around the eyes. Preparing a homemade eye cream to reduce dark circles using only natural ingredients that don’t irritate the eyes is the best option.
Homemade Creams And Serums To Treat Dark Circles
These simple eye creams and serums help eliminate dark circles, reduce puffiness, smooth crow’s-feet and fine lines, leaving you with bright, energetic and beautiful eyes. Here are 8 homemade eye creams that lighten up, tighten and rejuvenate the skin around your eyes.
1. Coffee Eye Cream
Coffee is naturally full of antioxidants and caffeine, which helps the skin to heal and restore firmness. Caffeine reduces dark circles and puffiness of the under eye area by increasing blood circulation.
Argan oil improves and repairs skin
Rose hip seed oil contains anti-aging and regenerative properties. It reduces the appearance of scars and smooths out wrinkles. Jojoba oil has antibacterial properties that help control bacterial growth in the hair follicle.
Shea butter and cocoa butter promote the skin’s natural collagen production and contain oleic, stearic, and palmitic acids that protect and nourish the skin to prevent drying. These fatty acids provide a layer of protection from skin stressors and free radicals, which slows skin aging and also acts as a mild sunscreen. Vitamin E oil prevents and repairs free radical damage.
Note: For external use only. Do not use if you are allergic to coffee or any of the other ingredients. Don’t get it in your eyes.
- 1 tablespoon coffee oil
- 2 teaspoons of argan or almond oil
- 2 teaspoons rose hip seed oil or jojoba oil
- 4 teaspoons of shea butter
- 2 teaspoon cocoa butter
- 5 drops of vitamin E oil
- 5 drops
- Make infused coffee oil by using coconut oil and ground organic coffee.
- Using a double boiler, melt the carrier oils, shea butter, and cocoa butter.
- Add 1 tablespoon of coffee oil along with vitamin E oil and essential oil.
- Pour into a glass jar and allow it to harden.
- Gently pat around eyes before going to bed or in the morning under the eye makeup to brighten your eyes.
2. Elderflower Water
Elderflower water is an effective facial astringent. Research shows that elderflowers are rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Argan oil, which is non-greasy and non-irritating, is high in vitamin E and fatty acid content and absorbs easily making it a great natural moisturizer. Mango butter helps in protecting the skin from the weather and UV radiation.
Rose hip seed oil is loaded with vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids that help clear dark spots and hydrate dry, itchy skin, while reducing scars and fine lines. Frankincense
- 1 tablespoon (14 ml) elderflower-infused argan oil
- 1 tablespoon (14 ml) mango butter
- 1/2 oz. (14 g) beeswax, grated or pastilles
- 1 tablespoon (14 ml) rose hip seed oil
- 10 drops of frankincense essential oil
- 1 ½ tablespoons (22 ml) distilled water
- Add the elderflower-infused argan oil, mango butter and beeswax in a heatproof jar or container.
- Place the jar in a crock pot, and add 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm) of hot water in the crock pot.
- Heat on low, not exceeding 155°F, just until the beeswax has melted.
- Once the wax is melted, remove from heat and stir in the rose hip seed oil.
- Allow the mixture cool to around 85 to 95°F (29 to 35°C) and then add the frankincense essential oil.
- In a small saucepan, heat the water slightly until it matches the temperature of the oil.*
- Place the warm oil mixture in a bowl and using a hand-held mixer, or immersion blender, begin beating the warm oils.
- Slowly drizzle the water, a few drips at a time, into the
- Beat for 5-10 minutes or until the mixture begins to look like whipped cream.
- Gently apply the cream around your eyes.
- Transfer the eye cream into a glass jar. By refrigerating the cream, you can use it for up to two weeks.
*Note: The oil and water portions must be within 5 degrees Fahrenheit (about 3 degrees Celsius) of each other for the most successful emulsion.
3. Aloe Vera Serum
Aloe vera gel is packed with multivitamins and nutrients that reduce dark circles and smooths out fine lines. Vitamin C powder derived from fruits repairs and lightens the under eye area. Cucumber renews, hydrates and relaxes your tired puffy skin. Vitamin E oil moisturizes and softens fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes, increasing firmness and resilience of your under eye skin.
- 2 teaspoons aloe vera gel
- 1 tablespoon vitamin C powder
- 2 teaspoons cucumber juice
- 2 teaspoons vitamin E oil
- Blend few peeled slices
- Mix the aloe vera gel, vitamin E oil, vitamin C powder and cucumber juice in a bowl.
- Soak a cotton ball in lukewarm water and then wipe your skin.
- With your fingertips, gently pat a small amount of this serum to the skin around your eyes and then massage in a light, circular motion until it’s completely absorbed.
- Apply twice a day for best results.
4. Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E oil is packed with antioxidants that help to protect and repair skin. It moisturizes and softens fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes, increases firmness and resilience of your under eye skin. Coconut oil is antibacterial and anti-fungal and is an excellent moisturizer that strengthens the skin tissues.
- 3 tablespoon coconut oil
- ¼ teaspoon Vitamin E oil
- Mix the coconut oil and the vitamin E oil in a glass bowl.
- Place it in the fridge so
- Apply a small amount of this anti-aging eye cream under your eyes before going to bed and wash it off in the morning.
5. Coconut And Primrose Serum
Coconut oil contains antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that deeply cleanse your skin and help moisturize your skin. Primrose oil is very aromatic and is an effective ingredient for common skin problems such as acne, wrinkles, and eczema. It’s packed with omega-6 fatty acids that are crucial for healthy skin.
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 teaspoons vitamin E oil
- 1 tablespoon primrose oil
- Place the coconut oil, vitamin E oil and the primrose oil in a glass bowl.
- Add some water in a small saucepan and put it over high heat.
- Place the glass bowl in the hot water until the oils warm up.
- Remove from heat and add 3-5 drops of any essential oil and pour into small glass or container to store.
- Apply around the eye and avoid getting it into
6. Chamomile And Rose Serum
Chamomile oil reduces redness and inflammation. It is typically used in teas to relax the nervous system. Rose oil is calming to the skin, and you can add it to eye cream to further reduce irritation and inflammation.
- 1 oz. jojoba oil
- 5 drops Chamomile essential oil
- 5 drops Rose essential oil
- Combine the jojoba oil, chamomile essential oil and the rose essential oil together.
- Take a drop of the oil using a dropper and place it on your finger.
- Gently smooth the oil below your eyes and onto the area just beneath the brow bone, but avoid applying the oil directly to your eyelids.
7. Jojoba And Apricot-Kernel Oil Serum
Jojoba oil contains vitamins A and E and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, soothing the irritated skin. Apricot kernel oil is rich in gamma linoleic acid, which helps in firming and toning your skin and also slows signs of aging. Rose water is a great cleanser and removes oil and dirt accumulated in clogged pores. Borax acts as a natural preservative.
- 3 teaspoons. jojoba oil
- 3 teaspoons apricot-kernel oil
- 1 teaspoon beeswax
- 5 teaspoons rose water
- 1/4 teaspoon borax or boric acid
- Add the jojoba oil, apricot-kernel oil, and the beeswax into a small saucepan.
- Heat the mixture over a double boiler on very low heat.
- While the mixture cools, in another small saucepan, warm the rose water over very low heat and add borax.
- Stir until the borax is dissolved, and remove from heat.
- Allow it to cool to medium luke warm temperature.
- Mix both the blends together, stir well and allow it to cool at room temperature.
- Apply the serum under your eyes gently.
8. Cocoa Butter And Coconut Oil Serum
Coconut oil, primarily composed of saturated fats, helps repair your skin’s natural barrier and trapping in moisture. Cocoa butter is high in fatty acids and hydrates the skin deeply. It is also anti-inflammatory, which prevents skin aging.
- 2 tablespoons petroleum jelly
- 2 tablespoons cocoa butter
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- Mix the petroleum jelly, cocoa butter and the coconut oil in a small bowl.
- Gently heat in microwave at 15-second intervals, stirring between each.
- Pour into a clean glass container and allow it to cool completely.
- Apply it in the under eye area to treat dark circles.