A smooth, firm and wrinkle-free under eye area can make you appear younger, more vibrant and well rested. A hydrating eye cream is an essential part of any anti-aging skin care regimen, and one that you make yourself with customized ingredients to suit your taste and facial needs. Use it to rehydrate parched skin around the eyes, or to revive and refresh tired eyes.
Almond Oil Eye Cream
The emolliating, anti-inflammatory and rejuvenating properties of almond oil can soften the skin and improve the tone under the eyes. To whip up a brightening, almond oil eye cream, melt 1 tablespoon of lanolin on the stove or in the microwave using medium heat. Pour 1 1/2 tablespoons of almond oil into the melted lanolin, then combine the ingredients to form a paste. Fold 1 teaspoon of soybean flour and 2 teaspoons of cold water into the mixture. Mix and stir the ingredients with a wooden spoon for 10 minutes, then apply to the skin around your eyes. Place the cream in a small plastic or glass container with a tight-fitting lid, and store it in a dry and cool place.
Vitamin E-Infused Eye Cream
When used as a topical treatment, vitamin E has anti-inflammatory properties and can help to reduce puffy eyes. Used alone, vitamin E oil may be too thick to melt into the skin quickly. Mix 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil with 2 teaspoons of cold cream for a skin-healing cream that is appropriate for morning and evening use. Store the cream in a small plastic or glass container with a tight-fitting lid.
Tropical Conditioning Cream
Combining coconut oil and pure cocoa butter results in a sweet smelling eye cream that can protect and soften the skin around the eyes. Grate a block of pure cocoa butter, found at natural and organic grocery stores, into a small bowl using a metal grater. Mix 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and 2 tablespoons of the grated cocoa butter in a glass or microwave-safe container. Heat the mixture in the microwave on low to medium heat, or in a water bath. Pour the liquid eye cream into a small glass or plastic container to cool, store the cream in a dry and cool place.
Elderflower Eye Cream
Elder is a small tree or large shrub in the honeysuckle family that grows in parts of Asia, Africa and North America. Used for centuries as a topical treatment for wounds, the berries and flowers of the elder tree contains chemicals with anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce swelling around the eyes. Purchase elderflower water online or in health food stores. Heat 2 teaspoons of the elderflower water in a pot over low heat. Warm 2 tablespoons of almond, 1/ 4 cup avocado and 4 teaspoons of wheat germ oils in a double boiler. Stir in 2 tablespoons of lanolin until it melts. Drop 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil and 2 drops of geranium oil into the mixture. Stir all of the ingredients together until smooth and pour the cream into a small glass jar with a lid for storage. Once the cream cools, apply it under the eyes. Store the cream in a dry and cool place.
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- National Institutes of Health: Vitamin E
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- University of Maryland Medical Center: Elderberry
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