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Natural Eye Care.... Where do I begin..... The Skin around the eyes is only about 0.04mm thick, where as by comparison over the rest of the body its generally about 0.1mm thick and at its thickest on the feet. So putting anything on or around the eyes has to be done delicately. Over the years that i have been making skincare, i have made numerous products for eye care, from a soothing gel for Dry Eyes, an Eye oil in a roller ball to an eye cream all of which have helped numerous amounts of people. So below i thought i would talk about some other conditions, which can make the eyes uncomfortable.

Puffiness: Under eye puffiness can be caused by a variety of reason, Diet, Allergies or extra fluid in your system. To treat Morning puffiness, splash your face with very cold water, then with a very light touch tap gently around your eyes to encourage fluids to move away from the eye area. Place a cold compress such as Cucumber slices or Chamomile tea bags, witch hazel pads or potato slices over your eyes and relax for 15 to 20 minutes.

Dry Eyes: Dry eye syndrome is a chronic and typically progressive condition. Depending on its cause and severity, it may not be completely curable. But in most cases, dry eyes can be managed successfully, usually resulting in noticeably greater eye comfort, fewer dry eye symptoms, and sometimes sharper vision as well. Now I would most definitely recommend you see a doctor, for eye drops, but i made a soothing eye gel which worked extremely well alongside prescribed medication. Now the eye drops can cause cracking at the corners of the eyes which in itself is a whole other problem, but the gel i used to make, helped alleviate this for my customers who suffered with this syndrome. Also you can use Cucumber oil and Chamomile tea bags. I will add the Eye Gel recipe at the bottom of this post.

Crows Feet & Wrinkles: Crows feet are the bain of our lives, they are one of the first signs of ageing. So Prevention is the name of the game, in avoiding premature wrinkling around the eyes.

  • Buy a good pair of Sunglasses and wear them, hmmm im a fine one to talk, i use mine to hold my hair back lol...
  • Don't Smoke, there seems to be dozens of reasons not to smoke, and wrinkle prevention is a good one.
  • Avoid unnecessary stretching of the skin, so dont rub your eyes and use a gentle eye makeup remover.
  • I also find using Rosehip oil is very good to help moisturise the skin around the eyes as its full of natural collagen.

Dark Circles: The skin under the eyes is so thin that in some people the blood passing through the tiny veins near the surface shows through, giving the area a bluish or greyish cast or dark circles. Heredity, fatigue and illness can all make the under eye circles more pronounced. Sleep and cosmetic camouflage are your two best treatments for dark circles. Make sure you get at least 8 hours sleep a night.

Lush Lashes: Hair, including your eyelashes, grow in cycles. An eyelash grows for about 6 months, and then falls out or is pushed out by the next lash coming through. Never rub your eyes, as this can cause eyelash breakage. Instead treat your lashes with Castor Oil or another light oil to keep them clean and conditioned.

Easy to Make Recipes:

Cooling Eye Gel.

1 tbsp Aloe Vera Gel

1 tsp fresh Cucumber Juice (strained)

1/4 tsp Cornstarch

1 tbsp Witch Hazel

  • Mix Together the aloe vera, cucumber juice and cornstarch
  • Heat until just boiling, but DO NOT boil, this usually takes a minute.
  • Remove from your heat source and mix in the witch hazel.
  • Stir well and allow the mixture to cool completely.
  • You should end up with a clear, jelly like cream.
  • Spoon into a small clean jar.

To Use: Dab a small amount onto the skin under your eyes and gently tap to help smooth it in, do not rub in. Store in the fridge.

Rose & Chamomile Eye Gel

1 tbsp Aloe Vera Gel

1 tsp Chamomile infused oil

1 tbsp Witch Hazel

1-2 drops of Rose Oil.

  • Mix Together the Aloe Vera, Chamomile Infused Oil, witch hazel & Rose oil.
  • Stir well and allow the mixture to sit.
  • Spoon into a small clean jar.

To Use: Dab a small amount onto the skin under your eyes and up into the corners, gently tap to help smooth it in, do not rub in. Store in the fridge.

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