Ever since I “met” Jenni from Jenni Raincloud, she’s become one of my very favorite people. I just adore her and her blog that’s full of amazing natural beauty and skincare recipes (you’ve got to check it out!). For a girlie girl like me, her blog is pure bliss. That’s why I’m so excited to tell you that Jenni will be stopping by on Friday’s to share some of her beauty secrets and skincare recipes with us!!! So I’ll shut my mouth and let Jenni take over today….. Enjoy!
Firming Eye Cream Recipe by Jenni Raincloud
Hi Everyone! Jenni from Jenni Raincloud here! Some of you might remember me from my post on a Vitamin C serum. I’m a huge believer in DIY skin care. Unfortunately we live in a time where everything we consume is filled with chemicals, and if it’s not, it’s outrageously expensive. I created my own skin care so that I could avoid anything that wasn’t 100% natural. I love to come up with new recipes and just recently I posted a recipe for an Eye Firming Serum-I love this easy recipe-it’s a quick fix for wrinkles around the eyes. The only thing about this serum is that it’s a gel, which isn’t very moisturizing. I decided to formulate a recipe for an eye CREAM-this eye cream is full of anti aging ingredients that will help long term but also the cream contains caffeine which will tighten and firm short term! Basically this cream covers all the basis!
This easy DIY is full of goodness for your eyes. You could not go to a department store or spa and get this amazing of an eye treatment. I honestly believe that. If you could-you would spend an arm and a leg!!!
Rosehip oil– Rosehip Oil is one of the most popular oils for anti aging. It penetrates deeply into the lower layers of the skin where it regenerates cells and increases collagen production. It is rich in vitamin C, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids and retinoic acid, which studies have shown it brightens and tightens skin! It also helps restore skin’s elasticity, fade age spots, reduce broken capillaries, and balance oil glands.
Green Tea contains caffeine. It is full of antioxidants and has anti inflammatory properties to help soothe and calm skin. Caffeine will actually tighten skin, too! I’m sure you’ve heard of cellulite treatments containing caffeine, that’s because caffeine is a diuretic. It will dehydrate fatty cells so that water will disappear from the surface of your skin. Caffeine is a vasodilator, which means it tightens skin.
Carrot Seed essential oil contains a HUGE amount of antioxidants, vitamin C and Vitamin K. Carrot seed oil has been found to enhance the body’s immune response to UV rays, which can decrease skin damage from UV exposure. Carrot Seed oil is healing and rejuvenates skin cells. In fact, carrot seed oil helps to heal eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis because of its ability to stimulate cell growth and repair damaged skin. It is a common ingredient in eye treatments.
Lavender essential oil is my favorite oil-it is calming, healing and moisturizing as well as anti fungal, antibacterial and antiseptic! Why I add it in this cream is for the smell. It has a heavenly smell that cuts the carrot smell!
Sweet almond oil is full of vitamins D, E, B1, B2 and B6, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Almond Oil is light and absorbs easily. It helps to purge the pores of impurities therefore helping clear skin. It has anti inflammatory qualities. Using sweet almond oil daily can greatly reduce dark circles under the eyes as well as scars and dark spots. It helps to renew skin cells and rev up circulation. It is wonderful at nourishing dehydrated skin. I believe it is one of the top (if not #1) carrier oils for reversing the signs of age. In fact, it is said to be the closest to the oil found in a babies skin!
Vitamin E helps fight wrinkles and has a firming effect on the skin.
Firming Eye Cream Recipe
1. Brew a cup of green tea.
2. Fill two medium sauce pans about half way full of water.
3. Place a glass bowl with a spout in each pot and turn on stove to medium heat.
4. Add wax, rosehip seed oil, vitamin E oil and sweet almond oil to one pot.
5. Add green tea and NeoDefend to the other pot.
6. Heat both mixtures until the emulsifying wax has totally melted.
**BOTH mixtures must be the same temp before you combine them or your cream won’t set.**
8. When both your oil mixture and water mixture reach around 130 degrees, pour your water mixture into your oil mixture.
10. Continue to mix periodically (every 10 minutes or so) until you notice that water is no longer separating on the bottom. This tends to take about 30 minutes to an hour.
11. Once fully mixed, add essential oils then pour into containers.
This recipe makes 4 ounces. This cream is light and can be used morning and night. It works great under make up.
Making creams can be tricky, but they are so worth it! This cream is rich and fluffy and will absorb quickly and penetrate into the deeper levels of your skin. Taking care of the delicate skin around the eye is vital in preventing wrinkles and fading lines that have already appeared. Always be very gentle around your eyes. Dab a small amount of cream around the eye being careful not to push or pull on the skin. I have most of my wrinkles in between my eye brows and upper nose so I use this cream there as well. Feel free to apply this cream where you need it most. I just know you’re gonna love the results, not to mention how good it feels to take your skin care into your own hands and DITCH THE CHEMICALS!
As usual, it’s always a pleasure to be a guest here at Primally Inspired! I hope you enjoyed this recipe! You can find more DIY skin care recipes and tips at www.jenniraincloud.com!
UPDATE: Since I have shared this recipe, I have come across new information about a more efficient way to preserve homemade creams. Originally this recipe contained citric acid which I thought was a preservative. Turns out, citric acid is a pH reducer. Bacteria and mold have a much harder time growing in a lower pH, but a low pH is not very moisturizing and can be irritating to the skin. After doing LOADS of research, I have settled on omitting citric acid all together and adding a legit preservative called NeoDefend. NeoDefend is a certified organic preservative. It is gentle and does not contain propylene glycol or formaldehyde. You can read more about NeoDefend HERE.
I apologize for the confusion and so wish I had found this out much sooner! Citric acid will always be necessary for your DIY cleansers. Soap has an extremely high pH which can be very harsh and drying to skin. Using citric acid in a cleanser will bring the pH to an acceptable level for your skin.
Jennifer, from the blog Jenni Raincloud, lives in Edmond Oklahoma with her husband and 2 daughters. She has been in the skin care world for over a decade. She believes beautiful skin comes from the inside out. In order to achieve youthful skin a healthy lifestyle must be in place. If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin are her words to live by! She sells her skin care products on Etsy, runs her “at home spa” for close clients and blogs full time. She is happiest staying home with her family and cooking up healthy skin care products in the kitchen! You can follow Jenni Raincloud on Facebook, Pinterest and Etsy.
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