Under Eye Cream For Fine Lines & Dark Circles - coffee and EO based


Prep Notes


Why Is Coffee Good For Your Skin?

Coffee contains significant amounts of many different antioxidants, including hydrocinnamic acids and polyphenols. Hydrocinnamic acids are very effective at neutralizing free radicals and preventing oxidative stress. While drinking coffee brings these benefits, helping one’s skin from the inside and out, the body can also soak them up in reverse. 


Caffeine helps reduce dark circles and puffiness of the under eye area and it helps to increase blood circulation. This gives the skin a more rejuvenated and refreshed look. Before you decide to wash your face with the leftover coffee in your pot, let’s combine the power of caffeine with other beneficial skin ingredients to make a one of a kind under eye cream.


Ingredients


Directions


1. Put the coffee oil in a heat proof jar. Add the coconut oil and beeswax to the 2 tablespoons of coffee oil.

2. Melt the coconut oil, beeswax and coffee oil in a pan filled with 2 inches of water.

3. Once melted, remove from heat and add 4-5 drops of patchouli oil. Patchouli essential oil is perfect in this recipe because it regenerates new skin cells which keeps the skin looking young, healthy and vibrant. Patchouli is also great for all skin types. You can substitute lavender essential oil if you prefer.

4. Pour into a wide mouth container.

5. Let it cool and solidify. It’s okay if there are some residual coffee grounds.

6. Gently pat around eyes before going to bed or in the morning under the eye makeup to brighten your eyes.

Notes


The Power of The Ingredients:

Coffee Oil

Coffee oil, like coffee, is naturally packed with antioxidants, along with caffeine, that works together to boost the skin’s own ability to restore, heal, firm and tighten. Caffe, in particular, as is well known for reducing puffiness and dark circles under the eyes while improving blood circulation to result in a fresh, rejuvenated look. 


How To Make Coffee Oil:

The first step is to make coffee infused oil. I made it using the hot infusion method. Combine 4 tablespoons of ground coffee with 8 tablespoons of pure olive oil in a small sauce pan. Heat it over low heat for at least  30 minutes, stirring occasionally. You can also use a crock pot and heat it on low for few hours. Strain the oil using either cheesecloth or a coffee filter. This oil is perfect on its own as a light moisturizer.


Coconut Oil

Coconut oil offers numerous benefits to the skin, including the skin around the eyes, to prevent dryness and fine lines. It contains vitamins and essential fatty acids that help promote healthy skin cells, including vitamin E and antioxidants that can heal and repair damaged skin. Its lactic acid content helps to tighten pores, making skin smooth and firm, while the oil’s anti-inflammatory properties work to reduce swelling and redness.


Beeswax

Known mostly for its conditioning properties, beeswax also has a number of other benefits for the skin, including an action that helps to calm and soothe. Beeswax creates a barrier that helps to seal moisture in the skin, and it also contains vitamin A, which promotes cell regeneration and helps to improve hydration, as it’s considered a humectant, meaning it “attracts” water, so when you put it on your skin, it attracts water molecules, keeping the skin more hydrated.


Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is filled with nutrients like vitamin E, B complex, zinc, copper, chromium, and selenium, which is known to strengthen the skin’s natural healing process to make it more supple, as well as to restore elasticity while gradually diminishing fine lines.


Patchouli Essential Oil

Thanks to its potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, patchouli essential oil is known for reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines in problem skin areas.