When people meet, they usually make eye contact first. However, dry skin around the eyes may not only be irritating but can also make you self-conscious. The sensitivity of skin on the face and especially around the eyes is greater than on any other area of the body. Because the face is more exposed to the elements and environmental stressors, it has a tendency to be especially susceptible to dryness and wrinkles. Fortunately, there are many home remedies that are very effective for treating dry skin around the eyes. Here are some of the most effective.
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera has been used for centuries due to its unique properties that promote healing. The plant’s combination of vitamins and minerals can be used to treat the root cause of dry skin around the eyes in addition to many other skin conditions. It’s best to use the plant itself rather than a manufactured product of the same name.
To use, simply split the leaf open and extract the gel from the center. Massage around the eyes for 1-2 minutes then leave it on for an additional 10-12 minutes. Rinse off the residue with water only. Repeat the application each day until the condition improves. You can purchase your own Aloe Vera plant for only $12.99 and grow it yourself.
Avocados contain Vitamins C and E which are both antioxidants. For a skin nourishing agent, nothing beats Vitamin E. Additionally, they contain carotenoids that remove free radicals that damage the sensitive skin around the eyes as well as repair the skin.
To use, simply peel and grate the avocado. Apply a generous amount under the eyes and let it set 15 minutes, then clean it off with a wet tissue. Finally, thoroughly rinse your entire face with water. You should repeat this everyday until the situation is resolved. To grow your own Avocado tree, you can purchase a fast-growing dwarf for $49.95. In grocery stores, avocados are averaging $.88/each.
3. Myrrh and Frankincense Essential Oils Moisturizer
Frankincense has been used for centuries to treat numerous conditions and diseases. The Egyptians were especially partial to it and when mixed with Myrrh and a carrier like jojoba or coconut oil and avocado the skin became nourished and hydrated thereby eliminating all symptoms of dry skin around the eyes. With the addition of sandalwood essential oil it will also reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
To use, mix:
- 1/4 cup of avocado oil.
- 1/4 cup of the carrier oil, 1 tablespoon of beeswax.
- 10 drops of frankincense essential oil, 10 drops of myrrh essential oil.
- 5 drops of sandalwood essential oil.
Apply the mixture around the eyes and massage for 1-2 minutes. It should be left on overnight if possible or, at the very least, for a few hours. The mixture will wipe off with a wet facial tissue. It should be applied nightly and the remainder should be kept in an airtight container. Make sure you only use therapeutic grade pure essential oils.
Frankincense can be found at $89.99/30 ml bottle. You can find Myrrh at $69.95/30ml, Sandlewood at $69.95/5ml, avocado oil at $12.75/4oz. and Jojoba carrier oil at $9.84/4oz. Beeswax can be found at $9.95/per pound.
4. Lavender Moisturizer
A mixture of lavender and coconut essential oils contain humectant and emollient. When added with Vitamin E it is the perfect combination to treat dry skin, help the muscles relax, and rejuvenate the skin’s texture and appearance. It also protects the skin from photodamage and oxidative stress.
To make the moisturizer, mix:
- 1/2 cup of coconut oil.
- 12-14 drops of lavender essential oil.
- 2 Vitamin E capsules.
Mix the coconut and lavender oils then pierce the Vitamin E capsule and add the oil that’s inside to the mixture. Blend well then apply it to the affected area and leave it on overnight. Use it every night before going to bed. It can also be used on the entire face. You can find Lavender oil at $7.18/5 grams and pure Coconut Oil for $7.99/pint. Vitamin E capsules can be purchased for $9.99/100 ct. bottle.
5. Green Tea
Asian cultures have utilized green tea for medicinal purposes for centuries. It contains antioxidants and tannins that reduces dark circles under the eyes, prevents wrinkle formation, boosts the production of new cells and is a wonderful repairing agent.
By dipping 2 green tea bags in cold water then letting them rest on your eyes twice a day, dry skin around the eyes will be eliminated fairly quickly. Green tea bags are available at your local grocery store like Walmart in the coffee aisle for around $3.48.
6. Shea Butter
A basic product used extensively in Africa to treat problems with dry skin is Shea Butter. It’s super hydrating qualities target the cause of dry skin around the eyes. It also contains an anti-inflammatory agent and antioxidants that aid in keeping skin wrinkle-free and young looking.
Shea Butter can be melted simply by rubbing it between your fingers. Once melted massage it around the eyes then leave it on overnight. Rinse it off with plain water in the morning. Organic Shea Butter can be purchased for $5.99.
Organic Raw Honey is one of nature’s best medical secrets. It’s rich in minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, carbohydrates, and other compounds that benefit the skin. When applied to the skin, honey moisturizes it, soothes it, and then keeps it hydrated for an extended period of time. It is especially effective for individuals that suffer from psoriasis and dermatitis.
To use, simply apply a thin layer under the eyes then allow it to set for 10 minutes. Wash it off gently with warm water but do not scrub as the skin under the eyes is extremely delicate. Organic Raw Honey can be found for $17.99.
Dry skin around the eyes can be caused by various issues such as genetics, environmental conditions, skin problems, the time of year or many other conditions. Skin on that area of the face is thinner, so is more difficult to hydrate and loses moisture more quickly. Home remedies can provide the natural moisturizing needed as well as help heal and protect which provides immediate relief. Which one will work best for you is dependent on your type of skin as well as causal factors for the condition. While some are more expensive than others, the best treatments eliminate the cause of dry skin and work well on you.