Whether young or old, most of us at some stage will suffer from dark circles and puffy eyes.
Did you know, the skin around our eyes is ten times thinner than the rest of our face?
It also has fewer oil glands making it more susceptible to premature signs of aging if neglected.
A great treatment for reducing puffiness and boosting hydration is an eye serum. It’s lighter than a lotion or cream and if you use it straight from the fridge it makes a soothing and cooling morning treatment for tired, puffy eyes.
You don’t have to spend a fortune buying an eye serum to rid yourself of those unsightly bags. Serums are really easy to make and today I’m going to show you how to make an eye serum using a Sclerotium Gum gel base which is perfect for our delicate eye area.
Before we start lets take a look at some of the ingredients we will be using today and the benefits they offer.
For the gel base:
Sclerotium gum (INCI: Sclerotium Gum) is an incredibly versatile, natural polysaccharide polymer produced through the fermentation process of the bacterium Sclerotium rolfsii. It creates a stable smooth flowing gel and leaves a luxuriously silky feeling on your skin. It also offers skin smoothing as well as soothing properties and improves the skins natural moisture levels.
Aloe Vera (INCI: Aloe Barbadensis) is one of my favorite ingredients – I love it! My mum introduced it to me as a young child and you will see that I use it in a lot of my products. It has so much to offer – it’s soothing, anti-itching, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and has exceptional wound and burn healing qualities. It’s also hydrating, emollient, and its good anti-oxidant qualities help to combat premature signs of aging and smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
Hydrolysed silk protien (INCI: Silk Amino Acids) is a humectant, emollient, and film former that provides excellent moisturizing and conditioning qualities. It improves the feel of your formulations and gives skin a silky, soft, velvety feel. Its low molecular weight allows it to penetrate the surface layers of the skin. Being naturally hygroscopic it attracts moisture to the skin producing a deep conditioning effect helping to smooth fine lines and wrinkles and combat premature signs of aging.
Glycerine (INCI: Glycerol) is used as a humectant, solvent and emollient. It is an important component of our skins natural moisturizing factor. Being naturally hygroscopic it attracts moisture and binds it to the skin producing a deep conditioning effect. It hydrates and softens the skin helping to smooth fine lines and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Additional ingredients for the Eye Serum:
Cornflower hydrosol (INCI: Centaurea Cyanus) is astringent, antiseptic, antiviral and cicatrisant, making it wonderful for healing scars and wounds. It’s fantastic for dry, sensitive and mature skin. It offers great anti-aging properties helping to tone and tighten skin and diminish fine lines. It’s an excellent choice for tired, puffy and itchy eyes, as well as a powerful sedative, said to induce deep relaxation.
Green tea extract (INCI: Camellia Sinensis) has powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, helping to fight free radical damage. It is a popular addition to many anti-aging products, for improving skin tone and elasticity, decreasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Recent studies also indicate that it can prevent collagen breakdown and reduce UV damage.
Chamomile extract (INCI: Matricaria Recutita Flower Extract) is anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-allergenic. It’s very calming, a great wound healer and soothes sensitive, inflamed and irritated skin. It can also help reduce trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL).
D-Panthanol (INCI: Panthenol) is a humectant that improves hydration by attracting and binding moisture to the skin. It reduces trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL) keeping skin soft and moisturised and improves the skin’s barrier repair function helping to maintain skin elasticity.
Now, lets gather all of our ingredients and get to it!
What we will need:
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First, weigh out your gel base then add in the Green Tea and Chamomile extracts mixing well. Next, add in the panthanol and preservative (follow your suppliers guidelines for % rates) and mix making sure it is fully incorporated.
Pour into either a 50ml dark glass bottle with a serum pump,
or two 25 ml dark glass dropper bottles.
That’s it! You’ve created your own amazing eye serum.
Dark circles and puffy eyes – be gone!
To use: After cleansing, dispense one drop of the eye serum onto the ring finger of one hand. Press your ring fingers together to evenly distribute the serum ready to apply. By using your ring fingers (the weakest of all your fingers) you will be exerting the least amount of pressure on your delicate eye area.
Starting at the inner corner of each eye, gently dab the serum along the eye socket, to the outer edge of your eye. Continue to apply the serum, following the eye socket, past your temples and up along your brow bone.
- 41.5g Gel base
- 5g Cornflower hydrosol
- 1g Green tea extract
- 1g Chamomile extract
- 1g Panthanol
- 0.5g Liquid Germal Plus
- Weigh out your gel base.
- Add the Green Tea and Chamomile extracts mixing well.
- Add the panthanol and preservative (follow your suppliers guidelines for % rates) and mix well making sure it is fully incorporated.
- Pour into either a 50ml dark glass bottle with serum pump or two 25ml dark glass dropper bottles.
- To use: To use: After cleansing, dispense one drop of the eye serum onto the ring finger of one hand. Press your ring fingers together to evenly distribute the serum ready to apply. By using your ring fingers (the weakest of all your fingers) you will be exerting the least amount of pressure on your delicate eye area.
- Starting at the inner corner of each eye, gently dab the serum along the eye socket, to the outer edge of your eye. Continue to apply the serum, following the eye socket, past your temples and up along your brow bone.