DIY eye serum
It’s easy to make your own uplifting serum if your eyes are looking a little tired and dehydrated.
The delicate patch of skin around our peepers is often the first place to show signs of stress, ageing, sun exposure and fatigue. While many of us have splashed out on expensive lotions and potions to combat the problem, there are cheaper options to try at home.
Jo Chidley, founder of Beauty Kitchen, believes whipping up a DIY serum recipe can be just as effective as products found on upmarket beauty counters.
“My Uplifting Eye Serum is a concentrated daily serum which is suitable for all skin types,” Jo, whose products can be found at www.beautykitchen.co.uk, told Cover Media. “The oils used in this blend are easily found online or at your local health food store. If you want to make your own anti-ageing skincare products that actually work then you do need one or two specialty essential oils which are packed full of vitamins and antioxidants.
“In this serum I have focused on what the eye area needs, compensating for the delicateness of the skin in this area and the sun exposure that it gets.”
Jo’s special serum is packed full of multi-tasking natural oils which work wonders on your complexion. Sweet almond contains a host of vitamins and has anti-inflammatory qualities, making it great at nourishing dehydrated skin. Jo explains that it helps to renew skin cells by increasing circulation and using it daily can reduce pesky dark circles under the eyes as well as dark spots.
Another ingredient to look out for is Abyssinian oil, this is ideal for complexions in need of brightening and hydration.
“Abyssinian oil is like a turbo charged Argan oil,” Jo revealed. “The oil helps to deeply moisture and repair the skin while smoothing and restoring your natural glow.
“Rosehip oil is one of the most popular oils for anti-ageing. It penetrates deeply into the lower layers of the skin where it regenerates cells and increases collagen production. It's rich in vitamin C, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids and retinoic acid, which studies have shown brightens and tightens skin!”
Other useful oils to stock up on include Vitamin E which helps to fight wrinkles and firm the skin. Carrot seed oil is another secret weapon in Jo’s armoury, as it has been found to enhance the body’s immune response to UV rays, which can decrease skin damage from UV exposure.
Jo’s Uplifting Eye Serum:
3 teaspoons (15ml) Sweet Almond Oil
1 teaspoons (5ml) Abyssinian Oil
1 teaspoon (5ml) Rose Hip Oil
1 teaspoon (5ml) Olive Oil
1 teaspoon (5ml) Vitamin E oil
5 drops of Carrot Seed Essential Oil
Small glass or metal jug
40ml glass bottle with dropper
1. Add the oils one at a time to the jug
2. Add the essential oil and mix thoroughly
3. Pour mixture carefully into the glass bottle
4. Apply a few drops onto freshly cleansed eye area, either alone or under a moisturiser