An eye cream is an essential part of an anti-aging routine, since it can prevent and treat unsightly wrinkles around the delicate eye area. But many eye creams contain parabens, a chemical preservative commonly used in skin creams and other drugstore products. If you know which ingredients to look for, natural products and homemade creams without parabens can be just as effective in fighting and preventing the signs of aging around the eye area.
Parabens are preservatives that are used in everything from shampoo to face cream to body lotion. Some scientists have proposed the idea that parabens are somehow related to breast cancer. But tests on deodorants and antiperspirants did not support this claim and more research needs to be done in this area. Still, Green expert Sophie Uliano told “Oprah” that it’s best to stay away. You’ll know if a product contains parabens if you see “ethyl parabens” or “methyl parabens” on the ingredient list.
Why You Need Eye Cream
The skin around the eye is more delicate than the rest of your face and can show the signs of aging earlier. Tell tale signs of stress, fatigue and aging include crows feet, wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles. There are a number of products on the market specially designed to fight these issues; unfortunately, many of them contain parabens.
Ingredients to Look For
If you’re shopping for an eye cream without parabens, look for formulations that include ingredients such as algae, oak apple, vitamin K and cotton powder. These help fight puffiness, wrinkles and dark circles.
DIY Eye Cream
As an alternative to store-bought creams, you can also massage a little bit of sweet almond oil or argan oil around the eyes to hydrate them, as recommended by organic esthetician Charmaine on the blog Crunchy Betty. Or you can make your own eye cream using a recipe from Organic Authority. For this you need 3 teaspoons of jojoba oil, 3 teaspoons of apricot-kernel oil, 1 teaspoon of beeswax, 5 teaspoons of rose water, 1/4 teaspoon of borax and 5 drops of carrot-seed essential oil. First, heat the jojoba and apricot-kernel oil and beeswax in a saucepan, until the beeswax is melted. Take the pan off of the heat and whisk everything together. Next, take a different saucepan and heat the rose water over low heat; add the borax, and stir until it is dissolved. Put the saucepan containing the oils and wax into an ice bath. Whisk the mixture as you drizzle the rose water and borax into it. Once cool, add the carrot-seed oil and put the cream into a clean 2-ounce jar.
References and ResourcesOprah: A Beautiful Earth a Healthy You
Mother Nature Network: Three Eco Friendly Eye Creams
Crunchy Betty: Use This Not That
CNN Health Library: Parabens
Treehugger.com: Six Paraben Free Skincare Products
Organic Authority: Delicious DIY Eye Cream