We like to call this wonderful eye serum ‘De-puff and Repair Anti-Aging Eye Serum’ as it does exactly that – it is a deeply moisturizing, light-feel eye serum which offers potent anti-inflammatory, anti-wrinkle, antioxidant, firming and repairing benefits.
Just a single drop of serum is needed to unleash its benefits – hydrate, firm and tone, smooth wrinkles and lines, de-puff and calm inflammation, and protect the delicate skin with occlusive, emollient, antioxidant, humectant, astringent and regenerating properties.
Ingredients | properties and benefits
Six ingredients are all that is required to make an effective and luxurious De-puff and Repair Anti-Aging Eye Serum. All oils have been selected because they have been deemed safe for use around the delicate skin of the eye area, are useful for all skin types including sensitive skin, and they provide lightweight, fast-absorbing moisture with anti-aging benefits.
Grape seed oil – rich in antioxidants (vitamin E) and tannins; effective at toning/firming skin. Provides lasting hydration. Anti-inflammatory benefits. Grape seed oil is also great at smoothing wrinkles and fine lines.
Jojoba oil – also rich in antioxidants and tannins; tones, firms and improves elasticity of skin. Provides occlusive layer and protects from moisture loss. Effective anti-inflammatory.
Olive squalane – very lightweight, silky-feeling moisture, quickly absorbed and penetrates deeply to improve elasticity. Boosts cell regeneration and barrier repair, with humectant benefits. Reduces fine lines, wrinkles and dark shadows/circles around eyes. Olive squalane is our secret serum ingredient! Read more about it here.
Pomegranate oil – potent anti-inflammatory effects to de-puff eye area. Reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Antioxidant with strong healing qualities to repair and regenerate skin. Read more about the benefits of pomegranate oil here.
Carrot tissue (macerated/infused) oil – moisturizes, softens and smoothes skin, while repairing and regenerating skin cells and barrier. Anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant rich.
Vitamin E – antioxidant; prolongs shelf life of product.
Eye serum ingredients and formula
40% grapeseed oil
30% jojoba oil
14.9% olive squalane
10% pomegranate oil
5% carrot tissue oil
0.1% Vitamin E
How to make the serum: step-by-step instructions
1) Use only clean equipment and tools, and always follow good manufacturing practices (GMP) when making any products, especially eye-use products.
2) Measure the plant oils listed above by weight (grams), into a clean glass or stainless steel bowl, according to the formula above. For example for a 50g batch you would use 20g grapeseed oil, 15g jojoba oil, 7.45g olive squalane, 5g pomegranate oil, 2.5g carrot tissue oil, 0.05g vitamin E.
3) Once all of the oils have been measured and added, gently mix the oils together until well blended.
4) Decant the eye serum into glass dropper bottles and clearly label; it’s best to use either 15ml or 25ml sizes.
How to use the serum
Oil-based eye serums are an absolute delight for their powerful anti-aging benefits. Those who have used plant-based oils can certainly attest to their effectiveness in warding off eye wrinkles and toning the eye area. However, a note from the wise here – less is more with oil-based eye products – be careful not to use too much – one drop is all that is required. Too much oil-based serum in the eye area may congest the delicate skin around the eye area, and actually counter the anti-inflammatory properties of eye serum, resulting in a puffy-looking eye area. If this occurs, discontinue use for a few days until inflammation has well subsided. You may then try the eye serum again if desired.
Apply one drop for both eyes – smooth onto fingers and lightly, gently pat eye area with fingers tips to distribute a small amount of serum only under the eye, and over top the eye over the brow bone. Body heat will allow the oil to further distribute over the eye area overnight. It is recommended only to use this eye serum at night, while the skin optimally repairs itself. Daytime use under cosmetics will likely cause smudging or movement of eye makeup. Careful not to get serum near the eye socket, as the serum may enter the eye. Flush eyes with water if contact occurs.
Shelf-life and storage
Most of the oils in this recipe (grape seed, jojoba and olive squalane) are quite stable with an extended shelf-life of two years or more. Pomegranate and carrot tissue oils offer shorter spans of only one year. The addition of Vitamin E to the product would normally extend the shelf-life of the product to 12+ months for this product, however because it is for the delicate and sensitive eye area – it is recommended to abide by a stricter expiry period of 6-12 months for the eye serum. Store in a cool, dry place.
As this is an anhydrous (oil-based) product no preservative is needed. Do be careful not to contaminate the product with water or microbes from hand contact with the dropper tip. If contamination of the product is suspected, dispose of immediately.
We hope you enjoy this recipe!
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