Skincare – The eyes

skincare the eyesIn our series Face oils, today, part 4,  it is time for the eyes

The eyes are said to be the seat of the soul. Certainly, we spend enough on making them look attractive. Millions of pounds are spent each year o eye makeup. But no amount of mascara or eyeliner can hide the problems that afflict the very delicate skin that surrounds the eye, and crow’s feet wrinkles, creased skin, bags under the eyes, and darkening around the whole area can depress even the brightest of souls.

With regular use, essential oils applied around the eyes can diminish the creasing and smooth out the tiny cracks and crevices.

The skin around the eyes, however, is extremely fragile and it is important only to use the lightest of base oils and the minimum of essential oils. Please not that if any oil gets into the eyes, flush it out immediately with water.  Use the oil relevant to your age group.

 

18 to 25 year

  • 2 teaspoons - Halzelnut oil
  • 2 drops - Borage seed oil
  • 1 drop - Chamomile German
  • 1 drop - Carrot oil

 

25 to 40 years

  • 2 teaspoons - Halzelnut oil
  • 2 drops - Borage seed oil
  • 3 drops – Evening primrose
  • 2 drops – Lavender
  • 1 drop – Lemon
  • 1 capsule – Vitamin E (capsule – 250 iUs)
  • 2 drops – Carrot

 

40 to 45 years

  • 2 teaspoons - Halzelnut oil
  • 3 drops - Borage seed oil
  • 6 drops – Evening primrose
  • 2 drops – Palmarosa
  • 2 drops – Lavender
  • 1 capsule – Vitamin E (capsule – 250 iUs)
  • 3 drops – Carrot

 

Mature skin

  • 2 teaspoons - Halzelnut oil
  • 2 drops - Jojoba oil
  • 2 capsule – Vitamin E (capsule – 250 iUs)
  • 1 drop – Lavender
  • 1 drop – Lemon
  • 1 drop – Bois de rose
  • 3 drops - Carrot

Mix the ingredients together well and use the lightest amount around the eye area. Weight around the eye area causes it to sag – and that applies to all oils and creams. Leave the oil for a few minutes and then very gently wipe off the excess. Apply the oil every night.

To treat puffy eyes and dark shadows around the eyes, these are the ingredients you need:

  • 2 teaspoons - Halzelnut oil
  • 1 tablespoon - Witch hazel
  • 2 drops – Fennel
  • 2 drops – Chamomile German

First dissolve the essential oils as far as possible in ice cold witch hazel, and place it in the fridge. Wrap an ice cube in a cotton-wool ball (the shape and weight of an ice cube made in the plastic bags which you can now buy for the purpose is ideal although “cube” is a misnomer here), dip it in the essential oil and witch hazel mixture and place it over your close eye and the puffy area. Leave it in place for a few seconds and then, while the skin is still wet, apply a small quantity of hazelnut oil to the area.

Eyes tired benefit from a dabbling with a cold rosehip or green tea. Make up the tea and keep it in the fridge and just dab it around the eyes when they feel that they need it.

I hope you enjoyed these recipes!!

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Valerie Ann Worwood has a doctorate in complementary health and is a clinical aromatherapist who teaches throughout the world training therapists and medical practitioners. Her books include The Fragrant Mind, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child, Endometriosis Natural Treatment Program (with Julia Stonehouse) and Aromatherapy for the Soul.

 

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