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Cucumber and Aloe Vera Eye Gel Recipe

Updated on June 19, 2013
Cucumber and Aloe Vera Eye Gel
Cucumber and Aloe Vera Eye Gel | Source

Eye Gel ~

Eye gel is a skin care product that really becomes a necessity for me in summer. A long time fan and user of eye gels, they are a fabulous addition to have for so many reasons including dark circles, under eye puffiness, inflammation, sunburn,allergies and of course those late nights!.

When you think of a gel for the face or body, what words instantly come to mind?

Cooling, refreshing, tightening and invigorating are usually top of that list.

Keeping things simple and inexpensive, this recipe uses just two simple ingredients, cucumber and aloe vera gel, this eye gel delivers on every level you could think of.

Puffy Eyes

puffiness may be as a result of allergies and very common during summer months.
puffiness may be as a result of allergies and very common during summer months. | Source

Homemade Skin Care Products ~

In the commercial world, eye gels are more often than not cheaper than eye creams or eye serums so are a cost effective alternative for those on limited budgets.

The three eye products tend to have different benefits but realistically not many of us will ever have purchased all three so tend to pick one depending on our needs and budget.

Now that I have seen how easy it is to make all three for a fraction of the cost, all three are very doable with very little equipment needed.

This recipe with only two ingredients, aloe vera gel and cucumber makes it an extremely inexpensive eye care product to make at home and the quality of both is up to you. I would recommend using organic cucumbers and pure aloe vera gel from a reputable supplier whenever possible.

Fatigue or Tiredness

long travel journey's may have an effect on our eyes becoming red, sore, swollen and irritated.
long travel journey's may have an effect on our eyes becoming red, sore, swollen and irritated. | Source

Our eyes are often the first place that indicates what is going on in our bodies for example:

Eye Gel Benefits ~

  • Dark Circles Under Eyes
  • Bags Under Eyes
  • Puffy Eyes
  • Over tiredness
  • Insomnia
  • Medication Side Effects
  • Dehydration
  • Inflammation
  • Allergies
  • Hangover
  • Fluid Retention
  • Air Travel
  • Poor Diet
  • Premature Aging
  • Sun Damage

Organic Cucumbers

cucumber is over 90% water an excellent ingredient for dehydrated eye areas, puffiness and dark circles.
cucumber is over 90% water an excellent ingredient for dehydrated eye areas, puffiness and dark circles. | Source

Grow Your Own

growing your own cucumber organically will yield you the very best nutrients possible.
growing your own cucumber organically will yield you the very best nutrients possible. | Source

Cucumber Benefits ~

  • Cooling
  • Tightening
  • Hydrating
  • Eliminates Puffiness
  • Eliminates Dark Circles
  • Contains Vitamins A, C and D
  • Contains Potassium, Magnesium and Silica
  • Contains Ascorbic Acid
  • Diminishes Age Spots, Scars
  • Brightens Skin
  • Soothes Skin
  • Healing properties
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Suitable for all Skin Types

Aloe Vera Plant

grow your own Aloe Vera plant
grow your own Aloe Vera plant | Source

Potted Aloe Vera at Home

inexpensive plant to start growing which will be hugely beneficial to have.
inexpensive plant to start growing which will be hugely beneficial to have. | Source

Aloe Vera Gel Benefits ~

  • Moisturizing
  • Antibacterial
  • Rich in Antioxidants
  • Contains Vitamins B1, B3, B6 and C
  • Contains 18 Amino Acids
  • Brightens Skin
  • Improves Skin Elasticity
  • Healing Properties
  • Soothes Irritated Skin
  • Relief From Sunburn
  • Pain Relief
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Anti-Aging
  • Diminishes Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Puffy Eyes

Straining Cucumber Pulp

use cheesecloth instead if you wish to strain the cucumber.
use cheesecloth instead if you wish to strain the cucumber. | Source

Eye Gel Recipe ~

1 oz Pure Aloe Vera Gel

¼ Cucumber (organic if possible)

Small Container with Lid

Small Glass Bowl or Measuring Jug

Sieve (or cheesecloth)

Blender

Teaspoon

Spoon for Mixing

Method:

  • Chop cucumber up and place in blender. Puree and strain into your glass bowl until you have approximately 2 oz. Keep a teaspoon of pulp in sieve and add to the puree.
  • Add the aloe vera gel into the bowl and gently mix ingredients together.
  • Pour into your clean sterilized container and stir before applying lid.
  • If not applying immediately, pop it in the fridge.
  • Due to the freshness of this product it will have a limited shelf life of 2 – 3 days and is best made every few days to get the very best out of this product.

To Apply:

  • Thoroughly cleanse face and eye area, making sure it is free of eye makeup.
  • Apply by soaking small cotton wool pads in eye gel and applying under the eye. If you wish, apply lightly around the sides of the eye and under the brow bone. Do not apply on the eyelid area. You may apply with a Q-tip or with your clean ring finger, making sure not to drag the skin.

Green Tea

packed full of benefits green tea has excellent cooling properties.
packed full of benefits green tea has excellent cooling properties. | Source

Quick Eye Fix

Support Small Businesses

An excellent brand of organic aloe vera gel is Aloe Vera Farms, based in Texas. A small operation who strive to produce the highest quality of aloe vera products. As an example their gel starts at $9.75 for 32 oz. Really worth checking out.

Cucumber Juice

good for drinking and applying as a quick fix around the eye area.
good for drinking and applying as a quick fix around the eye area. | Source

Which do you prefer using?

See results

Puffy Eye Quick Fixes ~

Green Tea:

Excellent for all puffiness around the eye area.

Make a few cups of very strong Green Tea.

If making with tea bags strain or if making with green tea leaves, keep them in the cups.

Allow to cool for half an hour.

Pour into ice cube trays when cool and pop in the fridge.

When fully frozen transfer them into a Ziploc bag or container suitable for freezer and store until needed. These last forever so whenever puffy eyes need help, reach for a cube. Green tea has health and skin benefits including using in cooling face and body sprays easily made at home.

Late Night Remedy:

When you come in from an extra late night, soak a pad of cotton wool in aloe vera gel from the fridge. Alternatively, you could have frozen aloe vera gel cubes ready as in the green tea idea using an ice cube tray.. Place under the eyes for instant relief and to reduce any puffiness or wipe around the eye area instead.

Massage:

When applying your eye gel or eye cream apply it with easy massage movements to help eliminate toxins which can lead to dark circles, puffiness, dry skin and uneven skin discoloration. Massage stimulates the blood cells and improves circulation around the eyes. It only takes a matter of minutes and is one of the easiest eye treatments to administer.

Cucumber Eye Lift:

Slices:

Pop under the eyes of cleansed skin or as an additional treatment to a face mask or spa party for the girls. Cucumber will provide instant hydration, cooling, rejuvenation and elimination of puffy eye syndrome!

Cucumber Juice Pads:

Soak two small squares of cotton wool in cold cucumber juice and place in the same way as sliced cucumber.

Cucumber Pulp:

Instead of throwing out the excess pulp from your homemade eye gel, apply it to under the eye area for a quick and effective hydrating treatment. Leave on for 10 minutes before removing with cool water and gently patting the skin dry. If you have a larger amount of pulp left, apply to the face, feet, hands or anywhere that needs some instant cooling relief.

Cucumber Water:

If you some leftover cucumber why not make up a refreshing cucumber spa water which is easy and quick to make. You can add slices of lemon or other citrus fruit for extra benefits. Keeping the body hydrated is extra important during the summer months and will help keep those dark circles and bags under the eyes away.

Aloe Vera Plant Gel:

If you grow your own Aloe Vera then making a gel is easily done and ideal for using in the home for insect bites, burns and cuts along with making your eye gel. Check out how to make the gel here.


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      Tamara Yancosky Moore 8 months ago from Uninhabited Regions

      Great recipe! Love it!

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      Kristen Howe 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great hub Suzie on how to make a gel with cucumber slices and aloe vera gel. Very handy and useful to beautify our skin. Voted up!

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      Marisol2 3 years ago

      I have chronically puffy eyes, no matter how much sleep I get. Couple that with early mornings and late night, my poor eyes were in need of some serious help. I wear eye cream every morning, out of habit, but typically don't see any obvious benefits (other than moisturized skin, of course). But using Made from Earth Cucumber Gel has literally been an eye saver. Less puffy and more moisturized within minutes of applying it. Love love love this stuff.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Eddy,

      Always a joy to have you here, my pleasure to share and glad you enjoyed!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant Suzie; loved it and voted up.

      Enjoy your day and thanks for sharing.

      Eddy.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Thelma,

      Your green tea and cucumber sound like the way to go for you. Not everyone is going to have positive experiences with all the ingredients out there and may react with something in them. Mosquito bites i know from experience can be a bugger and my entire eye was so swollen it was shut and puffed out which needed medication. They hate citrus as you probably know and it is ideal to use in sprays and candles at night when sun has gone down. Thanks so much for votes and pin, much appreciated as always!!

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Another awesome beauty treatment from you Suzie. My eyes are still so tired from my travel but I did an eye treatment with cooled green tea bags and cucumber. It´s getting better now. I think I just need the whole week to recover.

      I have aloe vera plants in my garden in my home country, but the last time I used the pure gel on my mosquito bites arms, I had a very bad allergic reaction on my skin that I had to visit a dermathologist. Maybe I have used more than enough...Well, I´m still into aloe vera. I just have to be careful next time. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and pinned.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi vandynegl,

      Lovely to see you and delighted you stopped by. Glad you enjoyed this and are a fan of the Aloe Vera plant. Hope you give it a try as an eye gel!! Appreciate your comment :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Leslie,

      Yipee! another strike for Suzie with the lovely legs Les!! LOl Delighted you enjoyed this! Yep you can purchase Aloe vera plant on ebay or your local garden centre too. If you don't want to get a plant I would suggest buying from the Aloe Farms or Mountain Rose Herbs.com which both do pure Aloe Vera. Mountain Rose are perfect one stop shop for all homemade beauty ingredients and are organic mostly so a great quality. They also do containers. No, I am not an affiliate marketer for them just a fan! LOL

      Cheers girlfriend! Appreciate you passing on the word!

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      vandynegl 5 years ago from Ohio Valley

      Love using aloe vera gel straight from the plant! Great information and very useful! Thank you for sharing this!

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      Gotta try this one too, Suzi Q!

      Far too easy not TO!

      I don't have an aloe vera plant but can i order it from ebay? pure aloe vera..

      love your ideas girlfriend..sharing!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Pops,

      LOL, you and me both!! Thanks for your cheerful comment! Appreciate it buddy!

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      Dear Susie,

      I need this gel more than ever. HP is spoiling my looks!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi ya pops,

      Glad you are on board with this one! Appreciate the kind words, your beauty guru is always here for you!! LOL See you at the Inn!!

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      You are my natural beauty consultant and I appreciate all you do. The eye gel sounds so soothing.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Vacation Trip,

      Appreciate your interest and comment. This is such an easy but handy gel to have hop you try it out sometime! Thanks for your votes, great to receive them from you :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Alicia,

      An easy quick and effective solution you have control over, what's better?? LOL Hope you get to try it, appreciate your comment and interest my friend :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Vellur,

      Greetings my friend in Dubai, glad you enjoyed this one may be useful in your part of the world with the hot climate, good to know you enjoyed and have bookmarked! Cheers as always!!

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      Susan 5 years ago from India

      This is a very useful and informative hub. Thank you Suzie for sharing this interesting hub. Voted up and useful.

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This eye gel sounds very refreshing, Suzie. I love the idea of making it at home. Thanks for another useful recipe!

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Very useful, made at home products are the best. Cucumber and Aloe are very good for the skin, bookmarking this.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Imogen,

      Welcome and thanks so much for your interest here. How handy having your own soon from the greenhouse! The shelf llife as I mentioned in the article is very short due to using fresh cucumber. 2 - 3 days is about the maximum as this recipe if using totally organic and reputable ingredients will be chemical free and no preservatives added. Best to make in small quantities enough for 2 - days before making more. You get the highest level of nutrients and benefits to the skin by using it at its freshest. Hope that answers your query. Best of luck and enjoy making this!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      Delighted to see you here and thank you for your lovely comment. i remember using an eye gel from the body shop (do you have in USA?) which had Elderflower if I remember correctly which was not too pricey and i have used one by Olay too which was nice. Making this one is far better though and much cheaper!! LOL

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      How kind you are! slices of cucumber are great on their own and really do hydrate the skin well. Aloe vera has so many great benefits it is a winner to have in the home and will always have a use so worth investing in it for this recipe and others! Appreciate your votes greatly!! Have a good one :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi mylindaelliott,

      Many thanks for commenting, These two are definitely cool customers and make a fabulously easy eye gel. Glad you enjoyed this and hopefully you will give it a go!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Janet,

      Hope you are keeping well. This sounds just the thing to give you relief from allergic rhinitis. My brother has had this particularly at times of high pollen counts and has been very sensitive to dog hairs which he seemed to grow out of as we always had dogs in the family. Hope you get to make some up, it is easy and inexpensive., especially with cucumbers being readily available now. Thanks as always my friend for your encouragement and faith!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      hi Sue,

      Yes, this is incredibly soothing and great for the eye area. i find it great first thing in the morning and anytime my eyes feel they need some cooling down during the day. Great for tired eyes too or for healing irritated skin. Thanks for the votes!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

      Cheers for visiting and commenting, much appreciated! These two go hand in hand perfectly for cooling and refreshing benefits and as i have done different recipes with bot,h know they definitely work like a charm, hope you enjoy trying this out!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      H iRandi,

      Sorry to hear you don't have Aloe Vera, is the climate too harsh for them there? I hope i can grow in italy successfully as it is another plant on my ever growing list of plants, trees, flowers, herbs and veggies for the property!! Think i will be busy! At the moment it is a blank canvas in many respects. We have about 10 olive trees, 3 massive fir trees and a few other sorry looking trees do not know what they are. Thanks so much for your interest and continuing support it means a great deal to me. Cheers for the votes and pin! have a great week!

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      Imogen French 5 years ago from Southwest England

      Very useful and interesting - I should have both of the ingredients ready in my greenhouse later in the summer, will definitely try making some of this. How long do you think it will keep once made?

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi The Writers Socia,

      How good of you to do this, i popped over to have a look at your site and you have quite a collection of articles. Thank you for wishing to include mine on the site. Much appreciated!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi epbooks,

      Thank you so much for popping in here! This IS SIMPLE and so good! Hope you give it a go. Appreciate your votes up so much!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Ah Bill,

      No humor today, well you are entitled now and again my friend I suppose!! Well if you didn't know about eye gel before (a likely story!) you surely do now and yes, MJ has sparkly eyes as a result of nicking my supply! Have a great week look forward to more of your posts!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      Go buy that Aloe Vera plant, you will be so happy to have one for all your beauty needs! LOL Thanks as always, your comments are a continual welcome sight to me! Your loyalty, friendship and genuine interest in delving into homemade products is a joy to have. Regarding this idea, it was on my mind for awhile as I love eye gels but have not used for ages. With our spell of good weather (Irish version of the tropics is 20'sC!!) this last week, today I just decided to give it a blast! I wonder what the next will be!! Any suggestions, feel free to shout them out, anything you would love to have?

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi bravewarrior,

      How great to receive your comment! Hope you may try this to help relieve puffy eyes. i have to say I don't know about blue eyes being particularly sensitive but hopefully this may ease any irritations you experience. Chamomile is another great EO for sensitive skin and a cold press of cold chamomile tea is worth trying too. Many thanks for your lovely comment, so nice to know you enjoyed!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I have tried eye gels in the past and been very happy with the results. Typically it's a product that is only available from higher-end lines, and the cost has kept me from ever making the investment. I'll have to try making it sometime!

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      rose-the planner 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Another excellent article. Your eye gel recipe looks awesome. I have actually placed slices of cucumber on my eyes before and it really works well in removing puffiness. I am certain that your combination of cucumber and aloe vera as an eye gel will work amazingly. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up). -Rose

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      mylindaelliott 5 years ago from Louisiana

      The cucumber sounds delicious and refreshing. I've used cucumber slices before but I will have to try your recipe.

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      Janet Giessl 5 years ago from Georgia country

      This would be very great for my eyes as I suffer from allergic rhinits at the moment. Thank you for sharing these wonderful recipes.

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      Susan Bailey 5 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      This has got to be soothing with both Aloe Vera and cucumber. Voted up and interesting.

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      FlourishAnyway 5 years ago from USA

      I love these! Cucumbers are so refreshing and aloe so healing. What a wonderful bit of advice you have here!

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      This is great! When I lived in Israel, I had many aloe vera plants but here I can't grow anything. I am trying but no luck so far! Thank you for another beautiful hub and idea! Up++ and pinning!

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      Thomas E. Ortiz 5 years ago from Henderson, NV

      I posted your article on my site so my followers could read it. Great article, Thank you.

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      Elizabeth Parker 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      This looks like it is fairly simple to make and actually works. Great ideas, Suzie!! Thanks for sharing this information. Great hub-voted up!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I learn so much from you, Suzie! I had no idea what eye gel was until you explained it to me....so thank you for that. I'm in a bit of a rush this morning so I'll spare you my humor. I hope you are having a wonderful Monday.

      bill

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      Kathryn 5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      These are fantastic ideas! At some point, almost anyone can use these, and it's great as a pampering treat, as well.

      I have been meaning to buy an aloe vera plant. We used to have many when I was a kid, and it was great to have around.

      Thanks for sharing another fantastic article with us! They just keep coming in, even when I can't think of what you could possibly come up with next!

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Great tips, Suzie. I'm bookmarking this one as I've suffered from puffy eyes most of my adult life. Nothing you can buy really works. Plus, many eye products irritate my eyes. I don't know if it's because my eyes are blue, but they are very sensitive to makeup, creams and even the computer.

      Thanx for another great DIY beauty tip!

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