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Rejuvenating Under-Eye Serum
Affordable Luxury ~
Who does not want their eyes to sparkle, look healthy and have a few less obvious lines or wrinkles . . well . . . that would be a bonus, right? An eye serum may be just what you need and could not be easier to make. No melting, blitzing in a blender, mashing or even whipping. This recipe is a simple as pouring.
I have gone crazy about serums recently be they full face serums or eye serums and even serums for cleansing, commonly known as the oil cleansing method (OCM).
Serums are high end luxury products within commercial brands and expensive for tiny quantities. Being able to make your own using the main ingredients in many of the branded ones at a massive saving is a 'no brainer' in my opinion.
Keeping it simple without additional chemicals or unknown ingredients is the way forward for a healthy skin care regime.
The Sun Factor
Why our eyes need help
- UV Rays
- Leaky Capillaries
- Hereditary Factor
- Medical Conditions
- Toxins in The Organs
- Loss of Collagen and Elastin
- Bone Structure, Deep Set Eyes
Why Use a Serum?
The amazing selection of oils we have available today makes it so easy to utilize these beauty essentials at home in a minute, no waiting around, no waste and no equipment except for a glass dropper bottle.
Therefore no excuses!
Eye serums are designed to penetrate deep within the skins layers and not just the Epidermis or outer layer.
Eye creams and eye gels are both beneficial and popular eye products. Whatever your need, there is a homemade recipe guaranteed to banish those dark circles, under eye puffiness, dryness, wrinkles, Crows feet and skin discoloration.
Compared to what you would pay in the stores for such a product it is affordable luxury.
The skin around the eyes is completely different to any other area of the face or body, it is the most delicate area and is said to be 7 times thinner than any other region of the face.
With this in mind, it should come as no surprise it is the first place signs of ageing comes visible.
Fine lines, crow’s feet or wrinkles are inevitable over time due to a number of factors including facial expressions.
If we did not smile, blink, frown, cry or squint(how boring), then the eyes would not age as much however there are a number of other factors which can promote premature ageing, dark circles or under eye puffiness.
Large Baobab trees with hollow trunks have been used creatively for centuries by people including as prisons, houses, shops, storage and even a pub!
Baobab Oil ~
This oil is my newest find and another pure giant that I had not known about until recently. It stems from the GIANT Baobab tree, a native to Eastern and Southern Africa and is commonly known as "upside-down tree".
Visible for miles with its impressive stature and silhouette against the savana lands, this tree produces large fruit which houses the precious seeds that are pressed for its rejuvenating oil.
Baobab oil has been part of African culture for centuries (a single tree has been known live to 5,000 years old) and this liquid gold of Africa has a slightly nutty smell and packed full of Vitamins A, D E and F.
Known for its excellent moisturizing properties, it improves skin elasticity, absorbs quickly, promotes cell regeneration and does not clog the pores. Used in skin care and in hair treatments, it is incredibly stable so is very unlikely to go rancid which makes it a perfect addition to body butters, body moisturizers and facial skin care products in small quantities.
Jojoba Tree and Fruit
Pronounced "ho-ho-ba" this miracle oil is said to have the native Americans to thank for showing us its benefits and versatility. They used it to soften and nourish the skin and hair and they used it to preserve and soften animal hides. Jojoba is also known as:
- deer nut
- quinine nut
- fox nut
- wild hazel
- gray box bush
Male Jojoba Flowers
Jojoba Oil ~
Derived from the Jojoba tree (Simmondsia chinensis), this is one of my all time favorite carrier oils.
Found in desert and coastal areas in America and Mexico there are large plantations now growing in Australia, Israel, Argentina,and Peru.
Jojoba oil replaced whale oil (when it was banned in the 1970’s) in cosmetics as it is so similar to our natural sebum or oil produced in the skin.
While we call it oil it is technically a wax that is extracted from the jojoba bean.
It has a multitude of benefits to our skin including maintaining skin elasticity, keeping the skin soft and supple, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, is hydrating and helps reduce acne.
It is oil that may be used by itself or combined with other ingredients.
When using alone only a few drops is needed for moisturizing the body.
Queens Anne's Lace or Wild Carrot
Fact or fiction?
it is said that wild carrot is thought to cure a broken heart by working on the throat and crown chakras. A teaspoon in warm water once a week is said to be the magical cure.
Carrot Seed Essential Oil
Carrot Seed Essential Oil ~
Another powerful and highly beneficial oil, this essential oil has to be one of my must have useful essential oils for everyone to have.
This oil is mostly obtained from the wild carrots Daucus carota native across Europe, Asia and north Africa and now grows in North America.
Wild carrot is classed by many as a weed even if it is a beneficial one! The plant is often grown as a companion plant and one such companion is tomato.
Its name is derived from the Greek word ‘Carotos’ and during ancient times it was highly valued for its medicinal value.
With its high carotene and Vitamin A, it has benefits for hair, skin, eyesight, gums and teeth.
For the skin it adds elasticity, regenerates cells, smooths the skin, detoxifies, rejuvenates and stimulates while minimizing wrinkles.
Two of carrot seed oils greatest health benefits are its ability to purify the liver and digestive system.
1/2 Oz Dropper Bottle
2 Oz Dropper Bottle X 12
Eye Serum Recipe ~
1 oz Jojoba Oil
1 oz Baobab Oil
12 drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil (rejuvenating, softening and smoothing)
1 capsule or 1/2 tsp Vitamin E Oil (optional)
2 oz dropper bottle
Small funnel (optional)
- Add the jojoba oil and baobab oil into the dropper bottle.
- If using vitamin E, add it at this stage.
- Add 6 drops of carrot seed into the bottle.
- If you have a glass rod you can give it a quick stir.
- Replace the lid and screw on tightly.
- Give the bottle a good shake to combine the oils.
- This under-eye serum is easy to make, takes a minute and is pure silk on the skin.
- You may keep it in the fridge or a cool dark cupboard and has a shelf life of up to a year.
Tips & Suggestions ~
If you want to try a small quantity, half the measurements of all ingredients to 1/2 oz of jojoba oil and baobab oil, 6 drops of essential oil total.
If you wish to add a second or third essential oil, make sure you do not exceed 12 drops in total.
Choose organic and cold pressed oils to get the very best quality oils with maximum nutrients.
You can easily make signature eye serums for your own specific needs. A mature under eye treatment will be different to one for the 20’s or 30’s age group.
Analyse your own facial needs by doing a skin analysis.
These serums are extremely cost effective and often cost a small fortune. Why not make up a batch in advance and use them as luxurious gifts, perfect for any friends or family members interested in skin care or are particularly concerned with their eye area.
The mini eye lift without the need of botox or surgery, how cool is that? Make up your own name and label and write the expiry date on a small sticker on the bottom of the serum or on the label. Writing a recipe card is handy too as if they really enjoy it they can easily make their own then.
Luscious Eye Serum
Alternative or Additional Essential Oils ~
- Neroli (excellent for smoothing wrinkles, anti-ageing benefits)
- Thyme (anti-ageing, reduces appearance of fines lines and wrinkles)
- Chamomile (soothing, helps prevent wrinkles)
- Lavender (anti-inflammatory, anti-ageing benefits)
- Cypress (stimulates circulatory system, astringent)
- Sandalwood (relieves under eye puffiness)
- Frankincense (smoothing and reduces wrinkles)
- Palma Rosa (astringent, great for skin irritations causing swelling)
- Patchouli (diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties)
- Hyssop (excellent for circulation and lymphatic drainage)
- Rose (stimulating and clears excess fluid around the eye area)
"Creating health awareness through homemade beauty solutions"
Are you keen to give this a go?
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