Dark circles… puffy eyes… when I don’t get enough sleep, it’s pretty easy to tell with a quick glance. My new solution: a simple DIY caffeine eye serum! I created this recipe after doing a lot of research on how to get rid of annoying dark circles and puffy under eyes.
Apparently, dark under eye circles are hereditary, and I’m sorry to say that both of my parents handed it down to me, and I’ve now passed the “gift” on to my children as well. Sorry, girls!
Dark circles are caused by oxygenated blood pooled beneath the eyes. Being horizontal as you sleep makes it worse – especially if you sleep on your tummy. (Guilty of that.)
So why do some people have worse circles than others? Some people just have thinner skin underneath their eyes than others! Apparently I’m one of them. Lucky me!
Caffeine applied topically improves circulation and plumps up the skin, diminishing the appearance of the circles. It also works to bring puffiness down, so this DIY caffeine eye serum is going to be your new early-morning best friend! (Besides actual coffee, maybe.)
How to Make Coffee-Infused Caffeine Eye Serum
- The first step is the longest: infuse some sweet almond oil with with ground coffee. Add 1/2 cup ground coffee to a jar, then just enough sweet almond oil to cover the coffee grounds. Close the jar tightly and let it sit in your cupboard for 4 or 5 days to infuse.
- Using a cheesecloth, strain the infused oil into another jar or a clean bowl. Squeeeeeeze as much of the oil out as you can.
- Add 1 tablespoon of avocado oil and stir until combined
- Bottle it up, baby! I added a couple coffee beans because it’s cute and will continue to infuse my serum with more caffeine.
Using Your DIY Caffeine Eye Serum
I use the caffeine serum as needed (which is typically every morning). If I remember to, I’ll put it on as I head to bed if it’s super late. Otherwise, I just put it on in the morning. Within 10 minutes, I’m looking much more refreshed!
Remember to use your ring finger to apply any and all eye products! It’s the weakest finger, so it’s the most gentle on the delicate skin around your eyes.
- You don’t have to keep this serum in the fridge for preservation, but it’s not a bad idea: cold is great for puffy eyes, so it’ll enhance the effects.
- If you get your hands on a roller-ball applicator with a steel tip, that would be great for storing your serum. The cool steel would enhance the effects, too. (You can find them on Amazon!)
- I didn’t have any vanilla essential oil on hand, but IF I DID, I totally would have added a drop to my eye serum. It would smell heavenly and aid the anti-aging effects.
Here’s to looking wide awake!
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