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Homemade Eye Cream with 4 Healing Ingredients

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Homemade eye cream - Dr. Axe

Because we cannot see inside the body, the skin often provides the first obvious marks of the passing time and aging. It is a known fact that as we age, our skin becomes less resilient, resulting in dry skin and wrinkles. Often, the first place this is visible is not only the face, but around the eyes. Yes, I’m talking about the dreaded crow’s feet.

Now, diet is a huge component in how our skin looks and feels; however, there are ways to positively affect the skin and create a beautiful glow and fewer wrinkles, including less visible crow’s feet, using natural remedies, including this homemade eye cream with four ingredients that help delicate skin.

Why We Develop Dreaded Crow’s Feet

While is seems that the best solution is to simply replace the oils that we lose due to aging and free radicals found in environmental toxins, it simply isn’t that easy. As reported by a medical journal, skin aging is a complex biological process influenced by a combination of factors, such as genetics, cellular metabolism, hormone and metabolic processes as well as chronic light exposure, pollution, ionizing radiation, chemicals and toxins. These factors together lead to the progressive changes in each skin layer as well as changes in the appearance of the skin, especially on the sun-exposed skin areas.

Finely wrinkled and dry aged skin, especially in the eye region, is very common due to years of abuse. This happens because of gradual loss of skin elasticity, which is part of the cause of slower healing in older adults.

What specifically can help reduce wrinkles around the eyes? Reduced collagen type VII, often caused by sun-exposed aged skin, may contribute to wrinkles by weakening the bond between the dermis and epidermis as we get older. And because of a loss of collagen, older skin begins to look irregular and disorganized by increasing the number of wrinkles and less firm areas of the skin, in particular on the face and around the eyes.

The overall collagen content per unit area of the skin surface is known to decline approximately 1 percent per year. Three primary structural components of the dermis — collagen, elastin and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) —have been the focus of most anti-aging research pertaining to the skin to include anti-wrinkle creams and various filling agents that you may find at the dermatologist.

Therefore, I strongly advise that you use a collagen supplement (powder or capsule/tablet) to boost your collagen levels, and one of the first places you’ll notice improvement will be your crow’s feet.

In addition, to achieve healthy, smooth, blemish-free, translucent and resilient skin, consider making a homemade eye cream.

4 Ingredients

Because these four ingredients are pure and this eye cream recipe doesn’t contain toxic ingredients, they can be absorbed safely and effectively — helping your skin and the areas around your eyes retain moisture and, therefore, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. It works by allowing the nutrients and proteins in these ingredients to encourage cell-regeneration.

First ingredient is shea butter. It’s both moisturizing and very hydrating. When applied to the skin, it provides immediate softness and smoothness. But in addition, one study indicates that shea butter boosts collagen production, demonstrating some major anti-aging potential.

Next is coconut oil, which is great for the skin, including around the eyes. Research reveals that virgin coconut oil improves the symptoms of skin disorders by moisturizing and soothing the skin. It also protects the skin by enhancing skin barrier function.

Vitamin E oil may help improve fine lines and wrinkles by providing an antioxidant boost that protects from sun damage and encourages the healthy growth of new skin cells. When used both internally and externally, antioxidants are known for their ability to fight off free radicals and photo-induced skin aging, including wrinkles and dark spots.

Lastly, several essential oils work well for the skin, but I consider frankincense oil the top choice. Benefits include the ability to strengthen skin and improve its tone, elasticity, defense mechanisms against bacteria or blemishes, and appearance as someone ages. It also may help tone and lift skin.

How to Make DIY Eye Cream

Put shea butter and coconut oil in a glass bowl, then place that bowl in a sauce pan that is filled with water. Make sure to not allow any water to get into the bowl.

Place the saucepan with the bowl carefully on the stovetop. Heat to medium and mix oils together with a whisk. Whisk until completely melted.

Remove the glass bowl from the stove and let it cool for 30 minutes. Add in vitamin E oil and frankincense essential oil and whisk again. Once mixed, put the bowl in the refrigerator for an hour or until solid.

Remove from the fridge. With a regular mixer or hand mixer, beat the oils until they are whipped and fluffy. Fill a glass jar with the eye cream mixture and store at room temperature. Try to use within three months.

Apply it morning and night around the eyes, after taking a shower or bath, or at least washing your face, when your skin is still wet.

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Homemade eye cream - Dr. Axe

Homemade Eye Cream Recipe


  • Author: Dr. Josh Axe
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 40 applications 1x

Description

To help achieve the best results and to avoid toxic chemicals found in most commercial products, consider making a homemade eye cream. This DIY recipe includes four of the best ingredients for the delicate skin under the eyes.


Ingredients

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  • 2 tablespoons unrefined shea butter
  • 2 tablespoons unrefined coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon vitamin E
  • 10 drops frankincense essential oil

Instructions

  1. Put shea butter and coconut oil in a small glass bowl, then place that bowl in a sauce pan that is filled with water. Do not allow any water to get into the bowl.
  2. Place pan (and bowl) on a stovetop and heat to medium and mix oils together. Whisk until completely melted.
  3. Remove the glass bowl from the stove and let it cool for 30 minutes. Add the vitamin E oil and essential oil and whisk again.
  4. Once mixed, put in refrigerator for an hour or until solid.
  5. Remove from the fridge. With a regular mixer or hand mixer, beat the oils until they are whipped and fluffy.
  6. Fill a glass container with eye cream mixture and store at room temperature.
  7. Apply every morning and night around the eyes, after taking a shower or bath or at least washing your face, when your skin is still wet. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Category: Skin care

Keywords: DIY eye cream, homemade eye cream

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  1. Mary E. Norton on

    I have found during pandemic my shower with shea butter raw soap, frankensense and myrrh soap is more relaxing. I feel frankesense and Myrrh are healing. I feel a world of better in my feet and legs just by using this soap ! I was in military and usually do not use a wash cloth so the soap is applied dirrectally to skin as i wash. A s a former hair dressor=the more the soap in shampoo suds less dirty is present so I wash my skin first than hair so shampoo does stick to skin first so skin as i rinse off my hair. I feel The pandemic had lots of people turn to home papering such as CBD scrubs for face, body and feet. the skin we are taught is one of our biggest organs for health!

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  2. Angelea on

    I make homemade body butter (all butters and oils) and mix aloe Vera gel into it without an issue. I whip them and it never separates.

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    • Shamalou on

      Yes. This is basically a body butter recipe. For the face/eyes, I’d recommend using argan and jojoba oil instead of coconut oil. Or make a face oil with mostly argan oil, instead of this. It’ll be lighter and more easily absorbed, and much less greasy feeling.

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  3. Sara on

    I gently heated my oils in a small canning jar(make sure it’s a pint jar) in hot water on the stove. I then added my essential ois. They didn’t smell very strong so I’m wondering if my oil was too hot although it didn’t feel hot when I put a drop on my skin. I used 6 drops frankincense, 4 drops carrot seed oil and three drops rose oil. Is this too much Essential Oil? I blended up my own aloe from a leaf. The aloe had turned pink which I don’t understand why? I forgot to add my aloe until it started to cool and then it wouldn’t mix so I got my immersion blender out and blended it up. Should I keep this in the refrigerator since it has aloe in it? Making lotion always ends up being more Messy than I expect.

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    • Shelley Jenkins on

      Hi Sara, just curious for know if this mixture you came up with worked? Did you see results for puffy under eye or fine lines?

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  4. RJ on

    I have been making my own facial and body skin care creams and salves for over 30 yrs. All my facial and body skin care I make with Shea, jojoba or unrefined coconut oil, essential oils and some with aloe gel or flax seed gel and yet I’m surprised other than from people in the comments, that the writers of many articles like this rarely talk about the only way gels and oils/butters won’t separate is by whipping them together. I’ve done it in a 3 stage process for I don’t know how long and the final two processes makes it stay together/combined and makes it nice and fluffy. whipping recipes like this that are made with a gel, oils and butters will always separate if it’s not mixed at a high speed and you can’t do that by hand. I’ve found that the best way is to slowly melt the Shea or whichever butter you’re using (works with cocoa butter and coconut oil too) over a double broiler, mix in the gel and essential oils then put it in the fridge for an hour or two. Take it out and whip it with a immersion blender. Here’s where I do an extra step.. I , put it back in the fridge for a few more hours (sometimes over night)and then repeat whipping it.. if it gets really solid in the fridge you can break it up and add a little jojoba to it or let it get to room temp before whipping until it’s really fluffy like meringue or whipped cream lol Then I keep it in a glass mason jar in the cabinet. I only make about 5 days worth at a time but This process has never failed me and works whenever I’m trying to mix a gel into a butter and or oil 😁

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  5. Aine on

    I’ve got a question, So can this cream can be used for the whole eye area. I have seen recipes that say no to applying onto eyelids. Does anyone know the reason for that. This is the list of ingredients – 1/2 tablespoon beeswax, 2 tablespoon shea butter, 3 tablespoon coffee infused oil, 1 teaspoon Rosehip Seed oil, 3 capsules of vitamin E, 7 drops chamomile essential oil, 10 drops frankincense essential oil – I won’t be using the chamomile oil. Thank you

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    • carrie on

      The essential oils could irritate or burn the eyes. Coffee infused oil would do the same. This would be the same as witch hazel getting into the eye, it could cause dilation in the eye. A precautionary for those not understanding ingredients.

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