I’m so excited to share this AMAZING recipe with you all! Many of you have wanted to know if there is a way to reduce puffiness under the eyes. The annoying answer I usually give is to drink more water or get more sleep. In my method of making DIY skin care and achieving beautiful skin, quick fixes just aren’t very common, until now…… Many of you caught my Anti Wrinkle Eye Stick post, and my Cucumber Cooling Mask, both of these DIYs are excellent for nourishing the eyes and help improve skin long term, but sometimes you just need a miracle that will work immediately. Read on to get a super simple recipe that will not only de puff your eyes, it will also tighten those pesky crow’s feet!
You need only 4 simple ingredients for this DIY. For a base you need Aloe Vera Gel. Next you’ll need Witch Hazel, strongly brewed coffee, and Cypress Essential Oil.
Aloe Vera helps in proper wound healing and contains anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation. Aloe vera acts as a growth hormone stimulating the growth of new cells. Aloe leaves contain antioxidants including, beta carotene, vitamin C and E that can help improve the skin’s natural firmness and keep the skin hydrated. Aloe improves the skin elasticity, therefore minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Caffeine is a diuretic. Caffeine will dehydrate fatty cells so that water will disappear from the surface of your skin. This is why caffeine is often used to treat cellulite. Caffeine is a vasodilator, which means it tightens skin. Coffee is full of antioxidants as well! It is known to reduce redness which will help with dark circles under the eye.
Witch Hazel is commonly used as a toner that balances skin pH, but another use for witch hazel (or any astringent) is that it tones and tightens.
Cypress Essential Oil is a miracle oil-it’s tightening abilities go way beyond the skin-You can read more about Cypress Oil in my Rosehip Cypress Firming Cream post HERE. It is wonderful for thin delicate skin and helps with broken capillaries as well as circulation.
Firming Eye Serum
1 tsp. Strongly brewed coffee
1 tsp. Witch Hazel (find it HERE)
Find 1 ounce glass bottles HERE.
I suggest applying this treatment in the morning. The best way to apply it is to gently dab it on with your fingertips. You could also use a q-tip but be sure to be very gentle around the eye. This gel should be applied to a clean face. I would avoid moisturizing over the gel. You can apply make up once the serum has soaked in.
The shelf life of this gel is tricky-The coffee is such a great ingredient for firming and de-puffing but it can go bad quickly. Be aware of the smell of your serum as well as the appearance. I would suggest storing your serum in the fridge-not only will it prolong the shelf life but the cold will further de-puff the eyes!!