Are you tired of looking in the mirror and seeing baggy eyes, dark circles, and that “old lady” look? This DIY eye cream has natural caffeine to tighten up under eye skin, brighten those dark circles and reduce puffiness and water retention. While it won’t make you feel 20 years younger or guarantee 8 hours of sleep, it will help reduce that tired eye look that comes from late nights, not enough sleep, or water retention. Similiar commercial products sell for over $25 for just an ounce. But you can invest in the ingredients and make your own wonderfully fresh and nourishing beauty products for a fraction of the cost of commercial skincare products.
The secret ingredient in this DIY eye cream is organic coffee infused rosehip seed oil. Rosehip seed oil is quickly absorbed and offers antioxidants and vitamin C to brighten and soothe tired eyes. It won’t sag your delicate under eye skin in the same way that olive oil or coconut oil will. Rosehip seed oil is a light oil that is high in vitamin C and other antioxidants.
If rosehip seed oil is out of your price range you can also use sunflower seed oil in this recipe. The finished product won’t be quite the same but it will have similar absorbsion rates. The sea buckthorn fruit oil and the raspberry seed oil are both wonderful skin care oils that are high in antioxidants and vitamins. Both are easily absorbed by your skin and have anti-aging qualities. If these are outside of your price range, substitute them with additional rosehip seed oil or sunflower seed oil. Find out more about making substitutions with liquid oils and butters in this article.
How to make coffee infused oil
4 tablespoon organic coffee, freshly ground
2/3 cup rosehip seed oil
In an 8 ounce Mason jar place the ground coffee. Cover the coffee with rosehip seed oil until it is fully covered. Cap the jar tightly. Shake to evenly distribute the oil in the coffee. Add more oil if necessary to keep the coffee submerged in the oil.
Set aside. Shake the jar once daily for a week. Pour the coffee infused oil through a fine tea strainer to drain the coffee grounds. Press the grounds with the back of a spoon to capture the last drops of oil. Retain the oil. You can return the coffee grounds to the jar and infuse again with fresh oil, if you wish. There is a lot of flavour in the coffee grounds.
The coffee infused oil can be used in the following DIY eye cream recipe.
DIY coffee eye cream (for dark circles and puffy eyes)
Yield: 9 lip balm tubes or 2 ounces
2 tbsp. coffee infused oil
2 tbsp. rosehip seed oil
2 teaspoons beeswax (about 8 grams)
10 drops sea buckthorn fruit oil
10 drops raspberry seed oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops frankincense essential oil
Make a double boiler using a glass measuring cup, a saucepan, and a canning jar ring. Put the coffee infused oil, rosehip seed oil, and beeswax into the measuring cup. Put water in the saucepan so it reaches halfway up the side of the measuring cup. Simmer over low heat just until the beeswax melts. Stir the ingredients together to blend the beeswax into the oil.
Remove from the heat. Add the sea buckthorn fruit oil and raspberry seed oil. Stir to incorporate. Add the essential oils. Stir.
Prepare 9 lip balm tubes standing upright in a jar in a shallow tin. Fill the lip balm tubes. Cool. Top up as necessary. Alternatively this recipe will fit in one two ounce glass jar or salve tin. Cool completely. Wipe off excess balm from the side of the containers. Cap. Label. Date. This product will last a year if kept in a cool dry place and protected from light.
To use DIY eye cream
Apply the DIY coffee eye cream to the under eye area with a gentle touch. The caffeine in the coffee is astringent, tightening the tissue under the eyes, drawing out excess water, and reducing puffiness. Use it under makeup. You can apply it twice a day to reduce the appearance of under eye bags and dark circles. No, the coffee infused oil doesn’t leave dark circles and it doesn’t stain the skin.
For external use only. Not for injection. Do not use if you are allergic to coffee or any of the other ingredients. Don’t get it in your eyes.
Two more DIY herbal eye serum and eye cream
For painful, dry eyes try this elderflower anti-aging eye serum that reduces the appearance of fine lines and adds vitamins and antioxidants to your beauty care regime.
And this DIY elder flower anti-aging eye cream is a wonderfully soothing eye cream that brightens the delicate skin around your eyes, while it soothes and refreshes your skin. I find that it removes the tired, scratchy feelings and the burning sensation of staying up too late working at the computer. Give it a try.