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Tis the season! But that's no excuse to neglect your skin...
The Holidays can be very stressful on our face! From all that makeup to look glammed out at parties, the food and all that harsh cold weather... Show your under eye area some love with this easy DIY I've prepared! And remember, the first and most important step in fighting wrinkles is prevention! So, if you're in your twenties and you're thinking you don't need to be worrying about wrinkles right now, don't kid yourself: Better to be safe than sorry!
I got these KLAPP Hydrogel Eye Patches from Russia and I really like using them. However, I'm almost out and these tend to be expensive! So, I did some online research and I came across a great Sonya Dakar recipe for Frozen Organic Eye Patches. Now, if that name doesn't convince you that these are something to be tried out, then I don't know what will! However, I made a few tweaks to the ingredients to put my own spin on this DIY. So, let's get to it!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
1 teaspoon of Coconut Oil
1 teaspoon of Aloe Vera Gel
1 capsule of Omega 3 Oil
A few drops of Flax Seed Oil
1 Cotton Eye Pad (cut in half)
Container to mix in
Something to mix with
Optional: Rose Water
Before you start, keep in mind that the higher the percentage of actual Aloe Vera in your gel, the better! The gel I used also had Vitamin E and Tea Tree Oil.
Let's very quickly go over the main benefits of each ingredient to your skin!
COCONUT OIL sinks in deep, conditions, moisturizes, and softens the skin. Not only does it do that, but it also softens and shrinks wrinkles and acts as an antioxidant to prevent cellular aging!
ALOE VERA is full of antioxidants and is commonly known as the plant of immortality. This plant is a natural road to ageless skin. It improves the natural firmness of your skin and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by improving the elasticity of the skin. Not to mention that it also lightens the skin to counteract those pesky dark circles most of us have!
The external use of OMEGA 3 OIL has been said to protect the skin from damage. It prevents the release of enzymes that destroy collagen, thus fighting against the loss of elasticity and the appearance of wrinkles!
FLAXSEED OIL is used in cosmetics in order to moisturize and smooth the skin. It reduces the dull look of skin and softens fine lines. This oil also contains Omega 3 fatty acids.
ROSE WATER is filled with vitamins and antioxidants, thus preventing signs of aging. It nourishes the skin and adds a beautiful glow. It has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
There's no science to this part:
Just mix all of the ingredients together! You should be left with a very gooey and yellowish paste.
After you're done mixing everything, it's time to grab your cotton pads that you've cut in half and load the mixture on one side of each half. Be very generous with this, and don't worry if it's very thick because we are going to be freezing these in the end! This is what you should be left with. Be careful because this part can get a little messy.
The last step in this preparation phase is to pop these into the freezer for about 10-15 minutes! After that, you're ready to apply the patches underneath your eyes. The optional step is to spritz them with some rose water before you apply. I did this because my fridge smells like cabbage (haha) and I didn't want to keep smelling that on my face! You should keep these on for about 20 minutes. In the meantime, go paint your nails or watch some YouTube videos! Relax and pamper yourself...
As soon as you take these off, your under eye area should look brighter, feel refreshed and moisturized! DO NOT RINSE OFF THE RESIDUE! Instead, just pat it in with a clean cotton pad and apply your usual eye cream to the area. Do this once a week and your skin will thank you!
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