Overview of Natural Eye Cream

Go Chemical Free and Start Using Organic Eye Creams

We all want to have youthful, fresh looking eyes that communicate our spirit and vitality, but sometimes life’s stresses show first in our eyes. In this article we will highlight what ingredients you should avoid and how to make and buy organic, environmentally friendly, eye creams that are full of natural anti-aging agents. 

 

Common chemicals in conventional eye creams

Like most other facial care products, you’ll find a whole bevy of chemicals used in commercially-available eye creams, most of which are easy to avoid if you choose natural eye creams instead. But in order to be able to tell one from the other, check out a product’s ingredient list and stay away from the following:

  • 1,4-dioxane
  • Alcohols
  • Ammonia
  • DMDM Hydantoin
  • Mineral oil
  • Parabens
  • Phthalates
  • Polyethylene glycols (PEGs)
  • Quaternium-15
  • Synthetic fragrances
  • Triethanolamine (TEA)

 

What to look for in natural eye creams

The second part of finding an organic eye cream is looking for natural beneficial ingredients that will help to reduce eye puffiness, firm your skin, and provide moisture. Here are some of the options you can find on natural eye cream ingredient labels:

  • Antioxidants: These are powerful substances that reverse the signs of aging and the effects of free radicals that damage skin and help to improve skin’s overall look and feel, one of the most commonly used of which is Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). This category also includes vitamins A and E which can stimulate the production of collagen naturally. You can find antioxidants in things like spinach, broccoli, peanuts, avocado, whole grains, and so forth. Most science seems to indicate that obtaining extra CoQ10 is most effective when taken orally in supplement form or through foods such as oily fish, liver, and whole grains.[1]
  • Collagen: This ingredient is used commonly in conventional anti-aging products and eye creams, and is usually derived from the animal tissues of vertebrates but has not been proven to improve your own skin’s collagen. You can look for natural and vegan alternatives for firming your skin like soy protein, amla oil (from the Indian Tree’s fruit), or almond oil.[2]
  • Elastin: This is a natural ingredient in that it is not derived from petroleum or synthetics, but it is derived from animals (cow neck ligaments and aortas). Like collagen, elastin won’t actually improve your own skin’s elastin, so if you’re looking for a vegan product, avoid this ingredient and look instead for things like plant proteins from soy, amla oil, or almond oil.[3]
  • Moisturizers: Having enough moisture in an eye cream is very important, and for this purpose you can look for things like grape seed oil (which also heals damage and fades stretch marks), avocado oil (improves collagen content), shea butter, olive oil, caster oil, jojoba oil, and the like. 

 

Homemade natural eye treatments

There are also many things you can do to reduce the appearance of puffy eyes or dark circles with ingredients you can find around your home. A key to anti-aging and overall well being is your diet and lifestyles. Ensure you are eating a well-balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, limiting your emotional stress, and making sure you have sufficient rest. This goes hand in hand with our homemade eye treatments. Here are some quick eye treatments that anyone can try:

  • Black tea bags: After brewing your tea, place the bags in the fridge to let them cool, then place them on your eyes for up to 20 minutes.
  • Cucumbers: Soak them in lemon juice for 3-4 minutes and then lay down with them on your eyes for 15 minutes.
  • Frozen spoons: Put two spoons in the freezer overnight and then lay them gently over your eyes in the morning (after they’ve warmed up a little). Should be repeated daily for two weeks before you see a difference.
  • Lemon slices: Place two lemon slices over your eyes for 20 minutes, being careful to not open your eyes while you do so.
  • Milk: Soak cotton balls in mil and place those over your eyes for a few minutes while laying down.
  • Potato slices: Slice a raw potato large enough to fit over your eyes, spritz your eyes with water, and then lie down with the slices over your eyes for 10 minutes.

 

Purchasing natural anti-aging eye creams

If it’s firming and anti-aging you’re looking for, then investing in a good quality, safe and natural eye cream is the only way to go. Here are some vegan eye creams packed with antioxidants and other beneficial ingredients like olive oil and vitamins:

As always, when looking for any personal care products and ingredients to make your own, be sure to keep the health of animals in mind by purchasing products made without animal products, byproducts, and free of animal testing. Spy the Leaping Bunny Logo or the Certified Vegan Logo to be sure that you’ve got a cruelty-free product.






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References

1  Coenzyme Q10. (n.d.). Retrieved May 26, 2010, from University of Maryland Medical Center: http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/coenzyme-q10-000295.htm

2  Animal Ingredients List. (n.d.). Retrieved May 26, 2010, from Caring Consumer: http://www.caringconsumer.com/resources_ingredients_list.asp

3  Animal Ingredients List. (n.d.). Retrieved May 26, 2010, from Caring Consumer: http://www.caringconsumer.com/resources_ingredients_list.asp

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