Coffee shouldn’t only brighten up your morning, it can also wake up tired eyes! Infused with real coffee, this coffee cream under the eyes contains antioxidants, nourishing butters and oils.
What are the causes of dark circles under the eyes?
Before fixing a problem, it helps to understand why it happened in the first place. While there are many promising miracle eye creams out there, resolving dark circles requires lifestyle changes as well.
A 2016 article on “Periorbital Hyperpigmentation” examined the causes of discoloration and bags under the eyes. Not surprisingly, they found that 81% of dark circles cases were women.
Here are some of the causes of dark circles under the eyes:
- Genetic – One of the main culprits of dark circles is genetics. Despite the common belief, genes are something we have some control over. By making targeted healthy lifestyle choices, genetics don’t have to wreak havoc in our lives (and our eyes!).
- Age – The elasticity and tone of the skin decrease with age. According to the Mayo Clinic, in older people, eye tissue and muscles weaken, and fat can deposit in the lower eyelids. Fluid can build up and add to pockets.
- Poor circulation – When blood and lymphatic fluid become stagnant, they can collect in the area under the eyes. This contributes to the dark and purple hue. One solution is to massage the area to stimulate circulation and lymphatic drainage.
- Ethnicity – The amount of melanin present in our skin determines its luminosity or luminosity. Those with darker complexions are more prone to dark circles, according to a 2014 article in the Journal of Drugs and Dermatology.
Other common causes of problems under the eyes include:
- Lack of sleep
- The allergies
- Iron deficiency
It is important to treat any underlying health issues, as well as to use a cream under the eyes.
Ingredients for coffee cream under the eyes
There are a lot of creams under the eyes, so why this one? Similar to my Shea Butter Eye Cream Recipe, it contains natural ingredients that nourish the skin. The star ingredient is coffee infused coconut oil!
Coffee (of course!)
This popular drink offers an impressive range of health benefits. While many of us can enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning to brighten up our day, this eye cream probably doesn’t contain caffeine. Because caffeine is water soluble and is an oil infusion, the caffeine will not make it to the end product. So why add coffee to eye cream?
Coffee is the greatest source of anti-free radical antioxidants. These antioxidants reduce damage caused by oxidative stress and UV rays and are anti-inflammatory. Lots of over-the-counter coffee under eye creams use green coffee extract from unroasted beans, but that might not be the best option. 2019 research published in the journal, Metabolites, found that darker roast coffee contains more antioxidants than lighter roast. Another study found:
“There was a significantly higher level of antioxidant activity in roasted beans than in green beans. The roasting process created new antioxidant compounds that are active in beans compared to green beans. Purity Coffee
Makes a killer mayonnaise, but avocado oil is also very good for the skin. This oil is full of vitamins A, B and E, proteins and amino acids. As we age, the production of collagen in our skin decreases, creating the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and general aging.
Avocado increases collagen in the skin and strengthens cell walls to help skin appear younger and less thin. Avocado oil can also help with inflammation, restore tissue, and protect the skin from UV rays and other stressors. It is rich in carotenoids and the 2005 research in the Nutrition Journal shows that it helps carotenoids in vitamin A to better absorb.
While I prefer naturally refined avocado oil for cooking, unrefined avocado oil is more potent for skin care. Look for one that is dark green and extracted naturally, like this one.
With its chocolatey smell and creamy texture, cocoa butter is a favorite for skin care. It is very high in specific antioxidants called tocotrienols, which are 40 to 60 times more effective than the alpha-tocopherol antioxidants found in vitamin E. Tocotrienols absorb better in the skin, reduce inflammation and help protect against skin damage. .
A little sweeter than cocoa butter, mango butter is rich in vitamin C. It is rich in antioxidants and reduces inflammation to repair and revitalize damaged skin. Unlike shea and cocoa butter, mango butter is more astringent and helps balance the heaviness of the richer oils in this recipe.
Lavender, coffee, and chocolate might seem like an odd combo, but trust me on this one: the scent is really delicious together! Lavender is also great for soothing and calming all kinds of skin problems. I kept the percentage very low so it’s okay for the area under the eyes, but make sure to avoid getting it into the real eye.
Coffee eye cream
This creamy coffee-infused cream helps stimulate circulation, plump skin and improve the appearance of dark circles and puffiness.
Coffee infused coconut oil
Combine all the ingredients except the lavender essential oil in a small mason jar. Place the mason jar in a saucepan that has a colander at the bottom. This prevents the bottom of the pot from breaking.
Fill the pot with enough water to rise halfway up the side of the mason jar and simmer gently until all the ingredients are melted.
Add lavender oil, if using it, and immediately pour into the container (s) of your choice.
Coffee infused coconut oil
Place fresh, unused coffee and coconut oil in the top of a double boiler. You can also use a heat resistant glass bowl perched on a pot.
Simmer the water under the mixture for about an hour to create an infusion.
Filter well with a bag of nut milk or a coffee filter and discard the coffee grounds.
You won’t be using all of the coffee oil for this recipe, but it can be added to other skin care recipes that require coconut oil.
Do you use under eye cream? What personal care practices do you use to take care of your eyes?
- Mayo Clinic. (2019, December 3). Bags under the eyes.
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Unlu, NZ, Bohn, T., Clinton, SK and Schwartz, SJ (2005). The absorption of carotenoids from salad and salsa by humans is enhanced by the addition of avocado oil or avocado oil. The Journal of Nutrition, 135 (3), 431–436.
- Roberts, W. (2014, April). Periorbital hyperpigmentation: examination of the etiology, medical evaluation and cosmetic treatment. The Journal of Drugs and Dermatology, 13 (4).
Sarkar, R., Ranjan, R., Garg, S., Garg, VK, Sonthalia, S., and Bansal, S. (2016). Periorbital hyperpigmentation: a complete examination. The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, 9 (1), 49–55.
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