Are you tired of your eyes looking, well…tired? You’ll find plenty of conventional eye creams that promise more youthful looking skin. However, this shea butter eye cream delivers, without a hefty dose of harmful chemicals on the side. Perking up tired eyes is just one of the many benefits of shea butter.
Unlike other formulas, this eye cream doesn’t contain any water. While water based creams make your skin feel moisturized at first, they end up drying out the delicate under eye area. A waterless eye cream also has a much longer shelf life (and is easier to make!).
The Problem with Most Eye Creams
Skipping harmful ingredients is just one benefit of choosing a homemade eye cream over store bought. Conventional eye creams work by temporarily constricting blood vessels or coating the skin in a film to artificially tone it. And if you’re using an antioxidant eye cream, then I’ve got some bad news for you.
None of these antioxidants has been approved as a treatment for age-related skin conditions. Most of these products contain very low concentrations of antioxidants. In addition, the antioxidants are not well absorbed by the skin and have only a short-term effect. (source).
Natural Wrinkle Prevention
This recipe features shea butter, which stimulates collagen production to increase skin firmness, and improve the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes. Even better, it helps reduce inflammation to combat puffiness. You’re also getting a nourishing dose of vitamins A, E and F for healthier skin.
Coconut oil is also fabulous for skin since it’s rich in lauric acid and essential fats. Not only does it boost circulation to clear up under eye circles, but it keeps connective tissue strong and supple. This means less fine lines and wrinkles. (source)
The beeswax in this recipe prevents moisture loss that can cause wrinkles. Rosehip seed oil is very nourishing for aging skin, but since it’s a dry oil, it helps to reduce the overall greasy feel of this eye cream. And to finish it off, we’re using geranium essential oil for its ability to help diminish wrinkles and inflammation, and clear up dark circles.
Eye Cream Ingredients
- 2 T shea butter
- 1 T coconut oil
- 1 tsp beeswax
- 1.5 tsp rosehip oil
- 4 drops geranium essential oil
- Mason jar
- 2 oz glass jar or steel tin
How to Make Eye Cream
- Combine all of the ingredients together, except for the geranium essential oil and rosehip seed oil, into a wide mouth, glass mason jar. Fill a pot on the stove halfway with water, and place the mason jar into the water.
- Turn the stove onto medium heat, and melt the contents of the jar on the stove for about 6 minutes. You want the water to be at a gentle simmer, not boiling, so lower the temperature if needed. Swirl the contents of the jar every so often to help everything combine.
- As soon as the ingredients are melted and combined, remove the jar from the water bath.
- Pour the mixture in a small mixing bowl and let it cool for 5 minutes before stirring in the essential oil.
- Scoop the mixture into a glass jar and use a tiny amount under the eyebrow and under eye area at night.
Eye Cream Tips
- As with anything that’s not specifically for the eyeball, do NOT get this into your eye!
- This recipe also works great as a nourishing and moisturizing eye makeup remover.
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