Night eye creams are meant to reduce the fine lines and dark shadows that form around the eyes. This is particularly common among people who stay up late into the night. One of the things that you will notice about night eye creams, however, is that these products can be very expensive. To make your own, you can easily substitute the common products used in eye creams. The result will be just as effective and will be very inexpensive. As an added bonus, making your own night eye cream is very easy as well.
- Prepare the cocoa butter. You will need to grate two tablespoonfuls of the butter. These usually come in small blocks. A technique to get fine shavings of cocoa butter is to place the spoon head on the butter. Move in a clockwise manner, until the edge of the spoon head creates small shavings. Do these until you have two tablespoons of the material.
- Add coconut oil. Once you have the shaved cocoa butter, the next step is to add in coconut oil. Coconut oil is rich in vitamins and nutrients that will be absorbed easily into the skin around the eyes, thereby removing the fine lines and wrinkles, and replenishing the nutrients that are lost around the eyes. Use a small fork to combine the ingredients together. The shavings should combine with the coconut oil easily.
- Add in petroleum jelly. You will also need to place a teaspoon of petroleum jelly into the mixture. Petroleum jelly is a safe compound that is usually used to soften skin. It is also a protectant, which means that it can be used around wounds to prevent the wound from getting infections. On the skin, the petroleum jelly will help to make the skin softer and will remove the dead cell layers on the top of the skin. Mix well using the fork.
- Microwave. One all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed together, the next step is to place these in a microwave safe container and then heat for approximately twenty seconds. Remove from the microwave immediately, since you only want to melt the ingredients which will facilitate the full infusion. Afterwards, pour the melted mixture into a glass jar with a large opening which will allow you to scoop out the ingredients. Close the lid tightly and allow cooling before using.
- Other variations. You can also add in a drop of essential oils to the mixture if you want to add scents to the eye cream. Make sure that the essential oils are hypoallergenic and that these have properties that will help soothe the skin and the eyes. Some of the best essential oils that you can use are aloe vera and witch hazel essential oils. Test these on the back of your hand, to see whether you have any allergic reactions.
The creams should be used within two to three weeks. Prepare only enough for your regular use, so that the ingredients will not spoil. To prolong the shelf life of the night eye cream, place these in the refrigerator when not in use.