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Rejuvenating Under-Eye Serum

Updated on July 11, 2013
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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

UV rays from the sun has an ageing, damaging and potentially life threatening effect on the skin.
UV rays from the sun has an ageing, damaging and potentially life threatening effect on the skin. | Source

Why our eyes need help

  • Diet
  • Lifestyle
  • UV Rays
  • Age
  • Leaky Capillaries
  • Hereditary Factor
  • Medical Conditions
  • Toxins in The Organs
  • Loss of Collagen and Elastin
  • Bone Structure, Deep Set Eyes


Character Lines

having facial expressions is part of life.
having facial expressions is part of life. | Source

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!

We will pay money for quality oils for cooking such as Olive Oil, Coconut Oil and Almond Oil so why not for the skin?

Eye serums are designed to penetrate deep within the skins layers and not just the Epidermis or outer layer.

Designed to deliver antioxidants, vitamins, nutrients and nourishment deeper than an eye cream or gel, it is a perfect product to use in conjunction with your regular eye treatment.

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.

Baobab Tree

 Baobab Oil extracted from the seeds of the fruit from the amazing Baobab tree (Adansonia digitata)
Baobab Oil extracted from the seeds of the fruit from the amazing Baobab tree (Adansonia digitata) | Source

Interesting fact

Large Baobab trees with hollow trunks have been used creatively for centuries by people including as prisons, houses, shops, storage and even a pub!

African Plains

Native to Africa these "upside down" trees are instantly recognizable.
Native to Africa these "upside down" trees are instantly recognizable. | Source

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

 Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) has excellent healing properties on the skin.
Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) has excellent healing properties on the skin. | Source

Interesting facts

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
  • pignut
  • coffeeberry
  • wild hazel
  • gray box bush

Male Jojoba Flowers

Each jojoba plant is either male or female.
Each jojoba plant is either male or female. | Source

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.

Examples would be hair conditioner, as an anti-ageing moisturizer, shaving cream, cleanser or acne prone skin.

When using alone only a few drops is needed for moisturizing the body.

Queens Anne's Lace or Wild Carrot

carrot seed essential oil is marvelous for giving the skin a boost, particularly beneficial for mature skin.
carrot seed essential oil is marvelous for giving the skin a boost, particularly beneficial for mature skin. | Source

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

when possible buy organic cold pressed oils.
when possible buy organic cold pressed oils. | Source

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.

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)

Method:

  • 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"

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Author Info ~

Information on the author, her bio and full body of works available @ Suzie HQ

Credit to sharkye11 ~

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My eyes have never sparkled, Suzie, so why start now? And isn't a serum something you take to tell the truth? I'm so confused when I read your articles. I just start to feel like I get it and then you throw a couple curves at me.....no, not those kinds of curves, Mickster...down boy!

      All in fun, Suzie, since I don't have a clue what this is all about.

      Are you having a great week? One serious note...your articles look great...I may not know what you are talking about but I know an eye-pleasing article when I see one, and yours are certainly that.

      Great job, Irish. :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Ah Bill,

      You continue you light up my face with your constant presence and comments! You are always sparkling my friend, twinkling away like a guiding light. My week has been busy with one thing or another, hitting the ripe old age of 48 during the week in the middle of our Irish heatwave (28 / 80 degrees) was a bonus. Delighted you find my layouts appealing and hopefully the publishers will too! LOL

      Cheers my friend, have a lovely relaxing weekend, enjoy . . . . . you deserve a break to enjoy your time with Bev!

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Baobab...jojobe...patchouli...

      What cool names! Great words for spelling bees, too! I actually don't know what I'm doing here except that I absolutely adore you, Suzie, and love your writing.

      Have a great weekend, and may your lovely Irish eyes be smilin' with your natural God-given sparkle! Aloha, my friend!

      Joe

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      Susan Bailey 3 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      A very easy recipe. Thanks for sharing Suzie. We can all use help with the under eye area. Voted up, shared and pinned.

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      Subhas 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      HI Suzie! I myself a great lover of natural products. I feel delighted to read your article and the remedial measures you have given.

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      Shadaan Alam 3 years ago from India

      Yet another interesting hub Suzie, i am sure you would be coming soon with an ebook of all your recipes and it would be a delight that. Voted up

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Suzie, I love this one. My eyes used to be my best feature. Now they look tired, puffy and I notice my upper lids are beginning to sag. Will this serum help reverse the sagginess?

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Joe,

      Many thanks for your support particularly when you don't know what you are doing! LOL Good ideas for the spelling Bee's Joe! Know of them from movies etc but we don't have them here. Wishing you a lovely weekend too, no doubt some walking is on your agenda, enjoy! Thanks again for the visit and lovely words, much appreciated :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Sue,

      So glad you enjoyed this easy recipe it is so nourishing and helps minimize those character lines! Appreciate your votes, shares and pin, have a great weekend hopefully enjoying the great weather!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi pinto,

      Thanks for your comment it is great to hear you are a fan of natural solutions, hope you get to try this one out sometime!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi younghopes,

      Your comments are always a delight to receive and yes hopefully a book will appear it is an idea that has certainly crossed my mind! Appreciate that! Cheers for the thumbs up :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi bravewarrior,,

      The serum will help improve skin elasticity but may not reverse it I'm afraid, I wish it did I would make a fortune!

      It could be used around the mouth too for any lines or try the video serum it sounds heaven too! I have seen and read many of her videos and her book, really good "green" recipes. The cooling eye gel recipe I did would also be good for puffiness or even massage movements around the eye with your serum help remove all the toxin build up and drain it away through the lymph nodes. Appreciate your constant support and enthusiasm, your comments are ones I cherish. many thanks :-)

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I've never used an under eye serum, but I'm intrigued now! It definitely does sound rejuvenating. Thanks for another awesome resource, Suzie!

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      Suzie, I'm really astonished that this under eye serum is so easy to make. The baobab oil intrigues me as this is very new to me. I have heard of baobab trees but didn't now about the benefits of baobab oil. Very great information and an interesting recipe. BTW, I have started to go natural. I have stopped buying commercial shampoos, body washes and body lotions. For washing my hair I use Castile soap and in addition I treat it every couple of weeks with baking soda or I make a vinegar rinse. It works very well for my hair and it really soothes my scalp. I also make my own body wash now. Furthermore, I have bought coconut oil which I will use as a universal remedy. Your hubs have truly motivated me to change from commercial to homemade and natural. I will definitely replace all my beauty products with homemade solutions now. It is really worth it.

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Suzie. Come Friday my sorry and tired eyes need all the help they can get. I like the use of the term "character lines". That must be what I have?

      This is another great hub Suzie. Great content, great layout, great photo selection. Your library is growing, keep up the great work and have a great weekend.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      Serums are something I used to use but not all the time and I never knew what I know now in terms of oils and homemade solutions. Serums are particularly good as we mature. Glad you enjoyed this, cheers for the support!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Janet,

      I am SO PROUD OF YOU! You go girl! Reading your comment is proof to me that change can happen for the better in all of us and to hear how you have made the decision to phase out your commercial products is something that means a great deal to me, more than you know. i started on this journey as I knew as I looked further into it there was without doubt benefits in our everyday ingredients. By cutting out many chemicals and using the raw products such as fruits and oils the benefits are even more effective. Today I was in the kitchen felt like I needed to try something new and off I went mixing a bit of this and a bit of that and you know what? it felt amazing to know the basics of certain ingredients, matching them to my needs and making a tiny amount to use there and then.

      Your changes are great and I have more useful simple ideas coming (the hits keep oncoming!! LOL) up you will easily be able to try without buying anything out of the ordinary and using your coconut oil. That is a super ingredient to buy as it has a myriad of uses in cosmetics!

      Cheers again Janet, you really made my day!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      LOL, I am not a fan of the term "wrinkles" and they ARE part of our makeup whether we like it or not. I do believe they show character, a life lived. It is impossible to get rid of them permanently, certainly without surgery and that is not something I would personally choose. You enjoy those "character lines" I have enough of them and having turned another year older this week have probably gained an extra few!! LOL

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment, I am so glad you enjoyed this whole package. Hope you have a great weekend too, we are in a heatwave (our summer weather is never great but this last week has been in the 80's) so enjoying the sunny warm days for as long as it lasts!

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      Karen Silverman 3 years ago

      Each and every one of your hubs is a work of art suzie! I truly wish you got more attention outside of the hub - you definitely know your stuff!

      Oh, well...maybe you do and i just don't know it? Maybe you have 10 published best-selling books on the topic of skin care and lotions and potions? I hope so. if not - think about it! You're unique..

      sharing...

      Happy birthday, my friend!

      ps. i could prolly help YOU with those extra few pounds the way you help me with my dreaded wrinkles...lol..

      I know the secret...

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Good morning Suzie! I think the last time I used under eye serum was, when I was working at the spa. You know I was sorrounded with beautiful Irish girls at work and I was motivated in trying many things concerning beauty care. It´s time to have an eye serum again and that will be your recipe.

      I have not heard of baobab tree or oil. It´s quite interesting to know about this. Off to see google for more research on how I can have this oil. Thanks for sharing. Voted up, interesting, useful and pinned. Have a lovely weekend!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Leslie,

      What a lovely thing to say about my wee collection of hubs, cheers Leslie!

      No, I don't have those 10 best sellers lurking on the shelves but they are there in my mind, it is always working on creative angles.!!

      By all means any secrets you wish to share . . . . bring it on girlfriend! LOL

      Cheers for birthday wishes, another year younger and my first as a writer what a year!!

      Appreciate your support and ideas, believe me I take them very seriously and it really gives me the confidence to make it work and MAKE IT HAPPEN!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Thelma,

      Serums are so easy and make such cost effective luxury for the eyes, face and body. Baobab oil was a terrific find and so interesting. Mountain Rose herbs are great stockists of organic ingredients including baobab oil. There are a number of other including i herbs.com and it should be available in health food stores. Not overly pricey it is one you only need small measurements of in recipes and would make a great addition to massage oil for your massage treatments.

      Appreciate your interest, votes and pins as always my friend, have a lovely weekend in Germany!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I wish I had this information when I hit my 40's, perhaps my under-eye skin would be in better shape. Thanks for the recipe for homemade gel cream. I just may try it soon.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi teaches, Many thanks for taking time to comment, I hope you do give it a go, it really is marvelous!

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      Hi Suzie,

      I'm really glad that I have started to change to homemade beauty products. It's so good to know what ingredients are in a product. This way I can decide what ingredients I would like to have in my products. I'm delighted to hear that you really appreciate my changes. I'm looking forward to trying out more of your recipes.

      I saw that someone was sending you birthday wishes. Belated happy birthday!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Janet,

      So glad you are enjoying these and finding the best ones suited to your needs. It really is quite addictive I am finding as I am always thinking up new ideas to try! Thanks for your continued support Janet and for the belated birthday wishes, it was 9th July and another year into the 40's, life is just beginning!! LOL

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Glad this came along. Over the last year or so I have noticed a change around my eyes. Will definitely be giving this a try. Took me a while to get to this as I have been on vacation and a summer break of sorts. Catching up on all of the reading I have missed. Pinned for future use! Hope you are enjoying your summer.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi GTF,

      Many thanks on commenting. Hope you have enjoyed your break, must be hard to get back into things. Much appreciate you pinning this it is a great under eye treatment, I love serums and making your own is so worthwhile and so beneficial, hope you give it go later!!

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      Mary Dr 3 years ago

      I agree! Face Serums are so important to use! I've noticed a somewhat dramatic change in the fine lines around my eyes since I started using the Lady Soma Renewal Serum (no, I don't use a separate eye cream). They are smoother and much less noticeable. The few age spots I've developed seem to be lighter. Overall, looking at my face in the mirror now, I sometimes have to do a double-take because my skin looks so much better and brighter.

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      Luvtoo Write 3 years ago from Chicago, IL

      I have been using face serums for years and "yes" they can get very expensive. In my twenties, family members could not understand why I was treating my skin for wrinkles when I had none. Organic face peels, creams, you name it, and I refused to sunbath. You can never start too early. Thirty years later, I look much younger than most. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I will definitely have to try it!

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