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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Homemade Eye Serums & Gels

Experimenting with homemade face & skin care recipes can be fun, especially when, after much research & trial & error you FINALLY find THE perfect recipe for your particular skin type. It's always so satisfying to not only know & be able to pronounce everything in your skin care, but to be able to make it yourself & save oodles of $money$. And . . . it does exactly what you wanted it to do!

Face washes, masks & facial moisturizer recipes are relatively easy to make & recipes abound, but sometimes it can be hard to find a really good eye moisturizer recipe. I think I've found 3 really good ones ~ 1 for dry, 1 for normal & 1 for oily skin-types.

One of best things I learned from having been a make-up artist for 17 years (yeeeeaaaars ago!) was the difference between moisturizing & GREASE! Greasy moisturizers DO NOT make a good moisturizer. Actually, greasy products can cause more harm than good. As we age, our skin not only loses elasticity, but it loses moisture, too. If you try to supply your skin w/moisture w/a greasy product, not only do those products clog up your pores, but by clogging your pores NOTHING GETS IN . . . it sits on top of your skin or smears onto your pillow (ICK) & then gets clogged even further into your pores. Not a pretty picture. And the cherry on top is that these greasy products are generally very heavy on your skin & weighs it down . . . now, since gravity is not an aging woman's best friend, that may be another reason why you may want to rethink your eye care. The eye area is the FIRST place to age on a woman's face (unless you are/were a smoker, then it's a tie w/the upper lip area) b/c the under-eye area produces no oil.

So, if your skin is dry or 'normal', you want something made w/a light-weight oil. If you have a more 'normal' or oily skin you will want an "oil blend" that makes a very light-weight "serum" OR a gel. Oily skins should always look for either a serum or something w/a gel base. With serums & gels, a little bit goes a long way! Yet another reason to love them!

The best way to use & store oil-based skin care products is to put them in either an old, clean essential oil bottle w/the dripper top; or you can buy new ones at most health food stores. You can also use a bottle w/a squeeze-type dropper, but the essential oil-type bottles work best for what we want here ~ smaller drops. Gel products store well in small jars w/a good, tight screw-on lid.

Choose the recipe, below, that fits your skin-type. Even though the eye area doesn't produce oil, you still need to pick the correct one for your over-all skin-type because, simple put: gravity works. :-/ Also, DO NOT apply anything oily onto your eye-LID, it may cloud your vision & can ruin your contacts.

If you don't have any used dropper bottles, jars, or any of the other ingredients, you can find them at most health food stores. When you try these, let me know how well you like them!

~1 oz. jojoba oil
~5 drops chamomile essential oil
~5 drops rose essential oil

1) Combine all ingredients, shake well to blend & again before each use
2) Use 1 drop for each eye; apply below eye & on brow area

**NOTE** Substituting the jojoba oil with grape seed oil will make this recipe suitable for oilier skin-types.

~you will need either a 1-1/2 or 2 oz essential oil bottle OR a dropper-type bottle
~3 TB jojoba oil
~1 TB grapeseed oil
~5 drops lavender essential oil
~3 drops Roman chamomile essential oil

~2 drops bergamot essential oil

1) Combine all ingredients, shake well to blend & again before each use
2) Use 1 drop for each eye; apply below eye & on brow at bedtime
3) Drier skins can also use this on entire face


~1 TB aloe vera gel
~1 ts fresh cucumber juice
~1/4 ts corn starch
~1 TB witch hazel

1) Mix aloe, cucumber & corn starch; heat in microwave for 1 minute
2) Stir in witch hazel & let cool entirely
3) Once it gels, put it in a clean jar (about 1 oz size)
4) Dab around eye area

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><


  1. How wonderful! I love making soaps, lotions - knowing what's in your skin products is important! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Very neat! I use the oil cleanse method for my very dry skin, but even still, I need a moisterizer. I will have to try this! I enjoyed this post and plan to read more. :)
    Melyssa from www.thedazeofus.blogspot.com

  3. How long will the oily skin eye gel keep?

    1. That's a great question! The witch hazel and aloe vera will be the stabilizers. I go through mine rather fast, but if you are not so regular in your use, I would make a new product every 8 weeks.


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