I am so excited to get started on formulating my new all natural anti-wrinkle under eye cream. As I’m getting older – I turn the big 3-8 this June – not only are the wrinkles around my eyes becoming more pronounced, but I have been getting dry patches under my eyes as well. Because of this it’s really sunk in that if I want to keep looking young, then I need to start working at it. Maturing skin really does need extra love to stay looking its best. So based on some various natural ingredients I’ve been experimenting with, I am finally ready to craft my own natural under eye anti-wrinkle cream. After all, our eyes are one the first places you start to notice the effects of aging. I’m also quite keen to minimize the scar under my right eye from a dog bite and hopefully minimize some of the under eye puffiness that afflicts me during allergy season and on those nights I just don’t sleep well. In addition I really want a super concentrated cream, rather than a cream with unnecessary fillers like water, and one that was free of chemicals and preservatives.
My handmade under eye cream will include a mixture of moisture rich oils, butters and botanicals prized for their skin conditioning, healing, and anti-inflammatory properties. Just a few of the ingredients that will be incorporated into my new recipe include calendula flower extract, evening primrose oil, olive squalane, grape seed oil, argan oil, hemp seed oil, calmelina oil, kokum butter, cocoa butter, shea butter, vitamin E and rosewood essential oil.
Once I get a recipe together, I have some very willing co-workers of all age ranges and skin types – including extremely sensitive skin – on stand by to help me test it out over a period of several weeks.
Curious about some of the ingredients I’ll be working with? Here’s some information on a some of the less common ingredients I’ll be using in my natural anti-aging skin care recipe.
Rosewood Essential Oil has a lovely light fragrance thought to ease stress and headaches – not to mention it doesn’t irritate my allergies – and is great for treating dry, dull skin, stretch marks and scars.
Calendula Flower Extract is praised for helping to heal chapped and irritated skin. It aids in skin regeneration, eases eczema and also has anti-inflammatory properties which really comes in handy for those puffy eyes in the morning.
Evening Primrose Oil is praised for it’s moisturizing and skin softening effects. It also helps to relieve eczema, redness and inflammation and aid in healing wounds.
Kokum Butter is prized for its essential fatty acids. When applied to skin it provides emollient and regenerative properties making it a wonderful choice for treating damaged skin as well as inflammation.
Argan Oil is rich in vitamin E and is highly valued for its healing, conditioning, and anti-aging properties.
Camelina Oil is naturally high in Omega-3 and contains over 50% polyunsaturated fats. It nourishes skin and helps to heal skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis as well as improve the elasticity of skin.
Olive Squalane Oil helps to boost your skin’s ability to naturally regenerate, nourish, hydrate, oxygenate and protect itself. It is often used to help with skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, and cracked skin. Additionally it can help to prevent the formation of brown age spots as well as add some protection for skin against UV radiation of the sun.
Grape Seed Oil is believed to help preserve moisture in aging skin and help to repair damaged skin, wrinkles around the eyes, and stretch marks.
Hemp Seed Oil is one of my newest favorite oils as it works so well to fight against dry and damaged skin as well as the effects of aging. It is known to help heal skin lesions, balance dry skin and combat skin inflammation. Much like jojoba oil, hemp oil is non-greasy, emollient and moisturizing.
Do you use an under-eye or anti-aging cream now? What’s your most favorite and least favorite thing about it?