DIY Hydrating Cucumber Eye Cream
The eye area is so delicate and sensitive. It requires extra special care to maintain moisture and keep the eye area looking smooth.
This DIY eye cream is an excellent solution for reviving dry and fatigued under eye skin. It’s made with natural ingredients to soothe, hydrate, and bring simple nourishment back to parched skin.
DIY Hydrating Cucumber Eye Cream
Taking care of the delicate tissue around the eyes can be challenging. The cells surrounding the eyes do not bounce back as quickly and easily as other areas of our skin and thus means we have to be careful not to pull, stretch, or otherwise damage the skin.
The skin is our bodies largest organ. Staying hydrated from the inside out and eating foods packed with vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants is your skin’s first line of defense against aging and dryness. Unfortunately, as we grow older, it takes more time and effort to replenish our bodies.
Ideally, starting a good skin care regimen from a young age is the best way to keep lines and wrinkles at bay and I have to thank my mom for instilling this is me when I was in my pre-teen years. But it’s never too late to start making positive changes for your skin and overall body health.
What you’ll need
20 grams Apricot Kernel Oil
10 grams Mango Butter
10 grams Cucumber Infused Aloe Vera
1 gram Cucumber Extract
6 grams Emulsifying Wax
1 gram Beeswax
4 grams Leucidal Liquid SF (preservative)
48 grams Distilled Water
2 wide mouth mason jars
accurate scale for using grams
infrared heat gun
double boiler or large saucepan
This list is long but investing in these items will be well worth it. They will last you a long time and you’ll enjoy being able to make your own products.
This recipe is inspired from Jan Berry’s ( The Nerdy Farmwife) book, “Handmade Lotions and Creams.” I have learned so much from this book and have had so much fun creating my own products. It’s an excellent beginner book.
I love being able to customize my own products and since I first used cucumber extract, I’ve been hooked. This eye cream is a simple luxury for the eyes that you can make at home for a lot less than some on the market.
I gave a sample of this to my aunt and she text me the next day saying how much she loved it. I have even used this for after waxing my lip and it instantly calmed the stinging.
The Goodness Inside
Apricot Kernel Oil is rich in essential fatty acids reviving tired skin. In addition, it’s great for acne and inflamed skin. It’s also been found to stimulate the immune system and possibly relieve pain. It contains Vitamins A and E, both excellent choices for an anti-aging skin care routine.
Mango Butter is an extra nourishing butter that does not clog pores much like Apricot Kernel Oil which makes it a great choice for face. This amazing butter contains Vitamins A, C, and E and it also helps protects the skin from UV rays which is highly important for the eye area.
Aloe Vera is one of those products that has numerous benefits. It soothes, softens, heals, and is great for the hair. One of the most famous uses for aloe vera is for sun burns.
Cucumber Extract makes an excellent addition to any product. It’s moisturizing, soothing, and doesn’t take a lot to be effective. I got mine from Brambleberry and it’s been great. I bought the smallest bottle and am not even half way through it. I used cucumber extract in my DIY Calming Facial Toner and it’s been a wildly popular recipe.
Beeswax is naturally an anti-bacterial. It helps to retain moisture by acting as a humectant. It soothes, fights acne and contains Vitamin A.
The emulsifying wax is what helps the water and oils to combine and is a necessary component to this recipe. The preservative will help your product stay fresh for longer.
lets make some eye cream
To start, you’ll need to infuse the aloe vera with cucumber. You can do this by hand or by a mini food processor. Simply grind up the cucumber (2 or 3 small slices) in the aloe vera gel and strain out the gel through a fine mesh strainer. It’s ok if there are tiny pieces of the cucumber left in it.
In addition, you’ll need a double boiler or a pan filled with enough water to set the jars in. The water should only come up about 1/4 of the way of the jar.
1. Combine the apricot kernel oil, mango butter, emulsifying wax, and beeswax in one jar.
2. Combine the distilled water and infused aloe vera gel in the other jar.
3. Put both jars in the pan and heat in pan until all ingredients have melted and the water is heated.
4. Once melted, pour hot water mixture into wax mixture and stir briskly. The mixture should start to combine. You can also combine both of these in a separate container to mix.
5. Let cool, stirring often. If desired, you can set the jar in the fridge or a bowl of ice to cool faster. Once the cream has reached a temp of 104 degrees or less, add the preservative and again stir briskly.
DIY Hydrating cucumber eye cream
It may take emulsifying wax up to 24 hours to reach full thickness. Store at room temperature or the refrigerator. Makes about 4 oz. Apply to under eye area as needed.
Since this recipe makes so much, I have put it in the freezer for storage. It’s only been a short while but I will update in a month or so and let you know how it held up.
I truly hope you enjoy this eye cream as much as I do and don’t forget, it makes a great after wax cream too.
Have a blessed day.