Whether from lack of sleep, illness or allergies, puffiness and dark circles around the eyes are common skin issues. The skin under the eyes is sensitive, so it can be difficult to treat. Essential oils to the rescue! Here's how to make a blend that'll work wonders.
Finding Therapeutic-Grade Essential Oils
Therapeutic-grade oils are distilled from wild-harvested or organically-grown plants to ensure the purest, most natural oils possible. Read labels thoroughly before purchasing. Some bottles may read "pure essential oil" even when they're heavily diluted with solvents; these are not therapeutic grade. Research the brands your local health food store carries or order directly from an organic supplier. Mountain Rose Herbs, Aura Cacia and Young Living are great brands you can trust.
Types of Essential Oils to Use
Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils because of its relaxing aromatics and soothing effect, which can smooth bags under the eyes. Chamomile and rosemary are great options, too. Rosemary has anti-inflammatory properties, and chamomile can lighten under-eye circles. Rosehip oil is extracted from the seeds of wild rose bushes and is a popular choice for skin rejuvenation.
Mixing Your Blend
Even pure therapeutic-grade essential oils must be diluted before applying them topically. Use a carrier oil like olive, almond or coconut as a base. Start with the carrier oil in a small glass bottle or container. (Glass is preferable to plastic as some plastics are made with harsh chemicals.) For every teaspoon of carrier oil, add 5 drops of essential oils. You can use just one type or mix them up depending on your desired fragrance. Add vitamin E oil to enhance the softening and soothing effects of your under-eye serum.
The Perfect Routine
Apply the serum under your eyes after washing your face in the morning and evening. Give the bottle a little shake to mix the oils. Then apply a few dabs under the eyes and pat in gently. Therapeutic-grade essential oils are still very concentrated in a solution, so a little goes a long way. If possible, kick back and relax for a minutes to let your skin absorb the oils. Stick to this routine and your under-eye bags and circles should diminish within a few weeks.
Marie Sporich is a SoCal native, classical ballerina and devoted Yogi. She holds an A.A. in product development and B.S. in business management from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. She has spent nearly 10 years in retail, is a published writer and certified wedding planner.