Homemade Under Eye Cream (Serum)
After working long hours, teaching a class, and waking up early to do it all again, sometimes my eyes end up puffy with dark circles under them.
I’ve tried a few creams and serums that seemed to help with this, but they were all really expensive. One I looked at was over $100 for a tiny tube! I researched some options and came up with something I could make myself for much cheaper, using only natural ingredients.
I’m sharing my basic recipe for homemade under eye cream (serum) that is healing, soothing, and simple to make!
All-Natural Under Eye Serum Recipe
- 2 Tablespoons infused oil of calendula and marshmallow root (learn how to make an infused oil, and an even faster method here)
- ½ teaspoon (or 2-3 capsules) Vitamin E oil (find Vitamin E oil here)
- 1 teaspoon rosehip seed oil (find it here)
- 1 teaspoon grapeseed oil (find it here)
- 2-3 drops grapefruit seed extract (find it here)
- optional – ½ teaspoon shea butter, melted (find unrefined shea butter here)
Make your infused oil. (This could take a few weeks if using the normal method, or a few hours if using the slow cooker method.)
Mix the first 5 ingredients together and transfer to a roller ball bottle. (Dark roller bottles like this are recommended to protect the fragile oils from light).
If you would like a creamier mix, add the melted shea butter and pour into a small jar. (Again, dark jars are preferable to protect oils from light.)
Roll serum under each eye, gently massaging it into dark circles or puffy areas. Avoid getting serum in your eyes. Night time is best as it will give oils a chance to soak into your skin.
Beneficial Oils for an Under-Eye Serum
All oils have different properties and will benefit your skin in different ways. Here are some of the benefits of these particular oils in the recipe:
- Calendula and Marshmallow Root Infused Oil – Infusing calendula into oil helps to extract the healing properties of this plant into the oil. Marshmallow root is very soothing and healing as well. Learn how to infuse your own oils here.
- Vitamin E Oil – This is an antioxidant that can help prevent the skin from aging as quickly, and it can help reduce the appearance of scars and fine lines.
- Rosehip Seed Oil – This oil is packed with vitamins, particularly Vitamin C – a great antioxidant. It also contains essential fatty acids and beta carotene, another antioxidant. It has been used as far back as the Ancient Egyptians and here in the US by Native Americans to moisturize the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and dark spots.
- Grapeseed Oil – A light oil that is high in antioxidants.
- Grapefruit Seed Extract – This can help lengthen the shelf life of your serum by helping to slow down rancidity in the oils and slow the growth of any bacteria. (Be sure your GSE contains “citricidal,” which is the important compound needed to do the job. This brand does.)
- Shea Butter – This luxurious, healing butter will make a more creamy mixture due to its solidity at room temperature.
Variations for this Recipe
You can make some substitutions if you prefer other ingredients. Sweet almond oil can be used instead of the grapeseed oil. It contains vitamins and minerals beneficial to the skin. You could also use either safflower or sunflower oils. Both are high in Vitamin E. You could add evening primrose oil instead of or in addition to the rosehip seed oil. It is thought to help in the balancing of hormones for women.
I didn’t include any essential oils because I’ve found that the vapors can sometimes irritate the eyes. If you wanted to add any, I would recommend only a drop or two of lavender or chamomile essential oil. Both are mild, soothing, and healing.
Have you ever used an under eye serum with any success? Or have you tried making your own? Share with us!