Easy Ways To Hide Dark Circles With DIY Under Eye Concealer With Almond Oil And Aloe Vera

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ark circle, fine lines, wrinkles and puffiness are common beauty problems that affect the delicate skin of the under eye area. They ruin your appearance and make you look older for your age. As there is no overnight solution, the only option is to camouflage the imperfections with under eye concealer. As the name suggests, the job of an under eye concealer is only to conceal the imperfections. It is not a remedy for these problems. Under eye concealers are available in the form of stick concealer, cream concealer, creamy liquid concealer, matte-finish cream to liquid concealer, matte finish liquid concealer and ultra-matte liquid concealer. Each type of concealer has its shares of pros and cons. [1] Moist and creamy concealers that provide light coverage are believed to provide the best result. To cover the dark circles, warm shades of yellow or salmon are considered a better choice. Furthermore, the color of the concealer should be a shade darker than your natural skin tone. Wearing concealer that is of the same color as your skin tone or a shade lighter creates a light-gray shadow that makes the dark circles more noticeable. When using a concealer during the day, make sure that it contains sunscreen as the delicate skin around the eyes need additional protection from the harsh rays of the sun. [2] However, what most of us are not aware of is that these commercial under eye concealers can be easily replaced with a homemade product enriched with natural ingredients that help in improving the health of the under eye skin, which over time can help in reducing the imperfections. Natural emollients such as almond oil and aloe vera gel keep the under eye skin moisturized and soft. When incorporated in under eye concealer recipes they can help in improving the health of the skin around the eyes.


How To Make DIY Almond Oil And Aloe Vera Under Eye Concealer

The common ingredients in homemade under eye concealers are almond oil and aloe vera gel. There are myriads of benefits of incorporating these two ingredients in the product.

Benefits Of Almond Oil

Almond oil is one of the best known natural emollients. It makes the skin soft, and as it absorbs easily into the skin, it is not known to clog the pores and your skin does not feel greasy. Almond oil is believed to reduce appearance of dark circles. Applying a small amount of almond oil to the skin around the eyes, twice a day, in the morning and night, helps in keeping the skin soft and supple. Improvement in the skin health improves circulation, thereby diminishing dark circles and making the skin less prone to wrinkling. [3]

Benefits Of Aloe Vera

The gel present inside the aloe vera leaves is one of the best natural ingredients for skin care. It easily penetrates the deeper layers of the skin and assists in rejuvenating the skin cells. Traditionally, aloe vera is used as a remedy for cuts and burns. It is known to speed up the healing process. [4] When aloe gel is applied to the skin below the eyelid, apart from alleviating puffiness, it helps in reducing dark circles. Hence, makeup artists often use aloe vera gel as a quick fix for eye puffiness. [5] In addition to almond oil and aloe vera gel, other ingredients in homemade under eye concealers are argan oil, shea butter, zinc oxide, cocoa powder, and, if desired, raw honey. [6] The oil extracted from the nuts of the argan tree is rich in essential fatty acids, tocopherols, carotenes and phenolic acid. Owing to its composition, argan oil is considered an effective emollient for moisturizing and conditioning the skin. [7] In Morocco, where argan oil originates, it is widely used for skin care. It is believed to be an effective remedy for wrinkles, sunburn, stretch marks, psoriasis and eczema. It can even be used on the acne-prone skin.

Traditionally, women in Morocco fight skin aging by applying a blend of five to six drops of argan oil and some olive oil to the skin. [8] Shea butter is a common ingredient in high-end beauty products. When applied to the skin below the lower eyelid, it is known to reduce under-eye puffiness and helps in diminishing appearance of wrinkles. It is a good source of vitamin E, the nutrient that is known to maintain the youthful appearance of the skin and reduces formation of wrinkles. [9] Owing to their moisturizing and healing properties, seed oils are incorporated into skin care products. Compared to most of the other seed oils shea butter is known to possess higher amount of healing components. About 5 to 17% of shea butter comprises of healing components, whereas the healing elements in most of the other seed oils is 1% or less. [10]

Honey moisturizes, soothes and softens the skin. It helps in inhibiting loss of water from the skin. It works as humectant and attracts moisture from the air. Furthermore, the humectant effect of honey, apart from keeping the skin moisturized, helps in drawing out water from the puffy skin. The antioxidants in honey help in minimizing skin damage by pollutants in the environment. Honey is also known to stimulate healthy turnover of skin cells. [11] Zinc oxide works as a natural sunscreen. It helps in inhibiting skin damage following exposure to the ultraviolet A and B radiations. Moreover, zinc is known to lock moisture into the skin, and speeds up healing of wounds. The beneficial effect of zinc oxide on the skin helps in reducing premature wrinkling of the skin. It is also believed to decrease skin pigmentation when used for a prolonged period. [12] Cocoa is an excellent source of antioxidants. It helps in protecting the skin from the harmful effect of free radicals. It is beneficial for the sun-damaged and aging skin. It contains minerals such as potassium, calcium and zinc that are good for the skin. In addition, it contains caffeine and theobromine. [13]

A. DIY Method 1 To Make Almond Oil And Aloe Vera Under Eye Concealer 

Ingredients 

To make homemade under eye concealer, you will need [14]

Sweet almond oil – one teaspoon
Aloe vera gel – one teaspoon
Argan oil – one teaspoon
Shea butter – one teaspoon
Non-nano zinc oxide – one tablespoon
Cocoa powder – ¼ teaspoon
Raw honey (optional) – 3 to 4 drops

Direction

In the inner pan of a double boiler add almond oil, shea butter and argan oil. Stir the ingredients until the shea butter melts and combines with the oils. Remove the mixture from the heat. Now add aloe vera gel, honey and zinc oxide to the mixture and mix them well. After all the ingredients had combined with each other, add a small amount of cocoa powder. Blend the ingredients and check whether the color of the concealer is as desired. If you need a darker shade, add more cocoa powder, a pinch at a time, until the color is just right for concealing the imperfections of the skin under your lower eyelid.

B. DIY Method 2 To Make Almond Oil And Aloe Vera Under Eye Concealer

Ingredients

Shea butter – one teaspoon
Emulsifying wax – ½ teaspoon
Witch hazel – one teaspoon
Cacao powder – ½ teaspoon
Natural clay – ½ teaspoon
Aloe Vera gel – one tablespoon
Jojoba oil – two teaspoons

Just as sweet almond oil, jojoba oil too is considered beneficial for the delicate skin under the eyes. As the skin around the eyes is sensitive and contains fewer oil glands, it tends to become drier with age. Lightweight oils such as jojoba and almond oils are mild and are easily absorbed into the skin. They are aptly suited for the skin around the eyes that tend to become drier with age. [15] Hence, you can replace almond oil with jojoba oil or vice versa in your homemade under eye concealer recipe.

Direction

Put the shea butter, jojoba oil and emulsifying wax in the inner pan of a double boiler. After the shea butter and wax melts completely and blends with the oil, add witch hazel and aloe vera gel. Whisk the mixture until the ingredients blend with each other and the mixture attains a smooth consistency. Remove the pan containing the mixture from the heat. Add a small amount of natural clay and cacao powder to the mixture. While selecting the powdered clay make sure that it suits your skin tone. The combination of cacao powder and clay gives the concealer its color. When the concealer attains the desired color, it is ready for use. Store the concealer in an airtight container. It usually lasts for up to three months. [16]


Benefits Of DIY Under Eye Concealer

The DIY under eye concealers are eco-friendly products. Apart from covering the dark under-eye circles, owing to the presence of eco-friendly ingredients, they help in improving the skin. They do not dry out the delicate under eye skin. Moreover, devoid of talc, dyes, starch and other skin irritants they do not irritate the eyes. [17]


How To Apply Under Eye Concealer

Instead of applying the concealer directly to the under eye area, it helps to moisturize the under eye skin with an eye cream or gel before applying the concealer. This helps the concealer to spread easily on the skin and it can last for a longer time. [18] Applying lightweight moisturizer before using a concealer especially helps the under eye skin that is dry or wrinkled. However, if you feel that the under eye concealer is quite thick, use minimal moisturizer and wipe away the excess. [19] Do not cover the entire under eye area with the concealer. Apply the concealer only on the area that is dark. Using your fingertip, dab a small amount of the concealer, starting from the inner corner of the eye and moving outwards following a half-inch crescent path up to one-third of the under eye area. You can also dab the concealer on your dark eyelid to lighten the area. For a smooth finish, lightly dust loose or pressed powder to set the concealer. This would ensure that the concealer stays for a longer time. However, do not put too much powder as it would accentuate the fine lines. [20] In most cases, the concealer alone cannot hide the dark circles. Usually combining foundation and eye shadow with the concealer provides the best coverage. To brighten the area around the eyes, your under eye concealer should be slightly lighter than your foundation color tone. Applying a soft pink eye shadow below the foundation helps in hiding dark circles that have a grayish hue. Light peach eye shadow helps in covering dark circles with bluish tone and the purple under eye circles can be made less noticeable with eye shadows with yellow tones. Avoid lighter tones as they would accentuate the dark circles. Wearing concealer over a foundation gives better result than wearing it beneath the foundation. Avoid stretching or pulling the skin while dabbing or blending the concealer.

Remember to blend the edges of the concealer into the foundation. You can use a sponge or brush for the purpose. Do not apply the concealer beyond the middle of the under eye area as it would make the crows feet and wrinkles more prominent. Avoid using a rich emollient cream before applying the concealer on the dark eyelids as it would spread into the lines around the skin. [21] Appearance of dark circles is associated with poor sleep, fatigue, unhealthy habits such as smoking and excess alcohol intake, hormonal changes, pregnancy, anemia, nutritional deficiency, side effect of medications, allergies, diabetes, hypothyroidism and other health problems and genetics. These lead to excessive pigmentation, thinning of the skin below the lower eyelid or sub-dermal vascularity, and dark circles develop in the under eye area. [22] An under eye concealer is a quick fix for dark circles. It helps in covering the pigmentation and brightens the eyes. However, appropriate care of the under eye skin area is essential for reducing the appearance of the dark circles. Regular use of an eye cream, especially a product enriched with retinol and vitamin K is known to improve the appearance of the under eye skin. Guard the delicate under eye skin area by wearing sunglasses to inhibit excessive melanin production following exposure to sunlight. Drink plenty of water to keep the skin hydrated. Furthermore, a healthy diet rich in vitamins C, D and E helps in keeping the skin healthy.[23]