Crows feet, age spots and possibly dark circles – these are some of the inevitable things that come with age, but there are natural solutions which will help turn back the clock, and delay the signs of aging. My natural secret to a youthful appearance is: moisturise your skin, drink a lot of water and wear sun protection every single day. As part of the “moisturise your skin” routine, I use this eye serum which helps lighten age spots and dark circles, and also protects the sensitive skin around your eyes from free radicals that lead to signs of aged skin.
Since the skin around your eyes is thin, you need to use a light and highly absorptive oil for this eye serum to ensure that your skin gets the nutrients it needs. For this reason, I recommend that the best base oils for this particular recipe are:
- Sweet almond oil: Has high vitamin E content, helps treat and prevent sun damage, evens out skin tone, improves complexion, helps lighten scars and age spots. (buy here)
- Argan oil: Rich in vitamin E and the anti-oxidants prevent oxidative damage from environmental pollution and UV radiation. The unsaturated fatty acids help soften the skin, fight free radicals and improve elasticity and cell strength of facial skin. (buy here)
- Jojoba oil: Has a similar structure to that of sebum, which allows it to absorb easily and readily into your skin. It is not technically an oil, but a wax that mimics collagen, which makes it a gentle moisturizer for all skin types. (buy here).
- Coconut oil: Contains saturated fatty acids and vitamin E which help prevent and reverse signs of aging. This is also a thin oil, however it will become solid at room temperature so you may not be able to store it in a pump bottle if you live in a colder area. If the oil does solidify, simply melt it between your fingertips and apply. (buy here)
Lasted me about: 2 months using everyday
Estimated shelf life: 1 year if stored away direct sunlight and moisture.
Remember: Most of these ingredients have a long shelf life and are common in natural recipes, so you will be left with ingredients to make more recipes, and won’t have to buy everything all over again.
*Costs accurate at time of writing this blog post.
- If you don’t already have the essential oils used in this blend, you may find these items expensive to buy once-off – especially the carrot seed essential oil. You can use one essential oil rather than my blend, but if you can afford it – it’s definitely worth it.
- The time it takes to infuse the base oil with green tea may not be your cup of tea =P . If not, skip this step (even though I think it’s worth the extra time).
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Chamomile and carrot essential oil will also treat visual stress from staring at a computer screen all day long.
- The base oil will also strengthen, condition and promote the growth of your eyelashes.
- Chamomile essential oil (EO): helps lighten skin pigmentation like age spots and dark circles, and also treats visual stress. (buy here).
- Carrot seed EO: rich in Carotene and Vitamin-A, both of which are very beneficial for the eyes and are effective antioxidants. Repairs a lot of the damages done to your tissues by free radicals and prevents them from doing further harm. Also treats visual stress caused by computer screens and TVs. (buy here)
- Sandalwood EO: has anti-inflammatory properties which help treat puffy eyes and dark circles. It will also soothes the skin, and help heal scars and spots. It is also said to treat stress, anxiety and hypertension which also causes people to show the signs of aging faster! (buy here).
- Vitamin E oil: An antioxidant that protects the skin from further sun damage and helps to decrease the signs of lines and wrinkles.
- Green tea: rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. Studies show that topical application of green tea offers protection against the detrimental effects of ultraviolet light, UV radiation, on skin. Vitamins C and E in green tea also stimulate skin repair and rejuvenation. (buy here).
Need help finding these, or other ingredients? My shopping guide may help you.
- 90ml Sweet almond oil
- 1 tablespoon Vitamin E oil
- 30 drops Chamomile essential oil
- 10 drops Sandalwood essential oil
- 5 drops Carrot seed essential oil
- 2 teabags Green tea
- Makes about 100ml.
- To infuse the oil with green tea: Warm the almond oil over a double boiler and submerge the teabags in the oil. Allow to simmer over the double boiler until the oil becomes warm, but not boiling. Boiling the oil will destroy its beneficial nutrients. Turn off the heat of the double boiler, but allow the oil to continue simmering over the hot water for as long as possible (at least one hour). Once the water in the double boiler is completely cool, keep replacing it with hot water until enough time has passed for the green tea to infuse.
- After infusing, remove the teabags and squeeze any oil out of the teabags.
- Allow the oil to cool, and then pour oil into desired container.
- Add vitamin E oil and essential oils.
- Mix and store for up to 1 year.
- Store your eye serum in the refrigerator. The cold effect will revitalise your eyes and also help treat and prevent dark circles.
- Green tea -> Rooibos tea
- Sweet almond oil -> Argan, jojoba or coconut oil. (Choose a light oil for best results)
- - Do not get the eye serum into your eyes. If you do, flush out quickly with cold milk.
- - Carrot seed essential oil is very strong and should be generously diluted. Do not use more than 10 drops per 100ml, as you risk irritating the sensitive skin around your eyes. (I know this from personal experience. It burns!)
- - Read more about how to use essential oils safely here: http://naturalnerd.co.za/safety/
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