Puffy under-eyes, dark circles & wrinkles are familiar troubles for some of us and there are endless options for treating them.
However, if you are looking for more natural alternatives, essential oils are great options for under-eyes when used correctly.
Can Essential Oils Treat Puffy Under-Eyes, Circles & Wrinkles
Once diluted and used correctly Essential oils can be used to safely treat puffy under-eyes, circles, and wrinkles. However, their effectiveness will depend on:
- The kind of oil you choose,
- How you use it,
- And the cause of your under-eye condition.
Many essential oils have anti-inflammatory properties that do miracles for de-puffing the skin under the eyes. Their anti-oxidant properties also work great for tightening and protecting the skin in that area too.
However, remember that the skin under the eyes is very thin and sensitive. You should never put undiluted essential oils in that area. This can lead to burns or skin injuries that will make darkness, swelling, and scars even worse.
The recommended way to dilute essential when applying to your under eyes is to use ½ ounce of carrier oil for every 10 drops of essential oil.
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Best Essential Oils For Puffy Under-Eyes, Circles & Wrinkles
These are the best essential oils that you can safely use for your under eyes:
|This oil is full of antioxidants that prevent early signs of aging. It is also full of terpenes which reduce inflammation in the skin that can help to reduce swollen under-eyes.
|Clary Sage Oil
|This oil contains linalyl acetate which reduces inflammation in the skin. It is also rich in antioxidants which decrease signs of aging and tone the skin.
|Lemon oil is full of antioxidants that prevent early signs of aging and protect the skin from further environmental damage.
|Aniseed oil is a great skin moisturizer that can work with a carrier oil to moisturize the under eyes. It is also rich in antioxidants which prevent and/or lessen early signs of aging, and it decreases inflammation.
|Tea Tree Oil
|Tea tree oil is great for reducing inflammation, and soothing irritation, and itchiness. It is also full of antioxidants which help to prevent early signs of aging under the eyes.
|Eucalyptus oil helps to strengthen the skin’s natural moisture barrier. It balances the pH of the skin and it cleans and tightens the pores. Its antioxidants also reduce fine lines and wrinkles under the eyes.
|Thyme oil improves circulation to the area of the skin where it is applied and flushes out toxins. It is anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich.
|Bergamot oil cleanses the skin and tightens the pores, making it looks smoother. It is also anti-inflammatory and has antioxidants that further help to prevent puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles.
|Clove oil is anti-inflammatory and soothing. It reduces irritation and puffiness in the skin.
|Sandalwood oil is an excellent moisturizer for the skin that reduces dryness and increases skin elasticity. It also has many antioxidants which help to protect and preserve the structure of the skin against free-radical damage.
|Frankincense oil improves elasticity in the skin. It also uses its antioxidant properties to protect the skin from free radical injury.
|Lavender oil detoxes the skin, reduces inflammation, moisturizes the skin, and also uses its antioxidants to protect the skin from free radicals which age the skin fast.
|Neroli oil is cytophylactic. This means that it promotes cell regeneration and improves the elasticity of the skin. It is anti-oxidant-rich as well, which improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
|Peppermint oil cleanses the skin, reduces inflammation and irritation, and also protects the skin from environmental damage that causes signs of aging too quickly.
Tips on How to Apply Essential Oil Under Eyes
Here are a few tips on how to use your oils once you have chosen them:
- Dilute your essential oil with a carrier oil before putting it on your skin. The general rule of thumb is to use ½ ounce of carrier oil for every 10 drops of essential oil.
- Patch-test your skin first. Choose a sensitive spot away from your eyes and face. A good area is the skin on the inside of your elbow. However, if you notice a reaction within or after 24 hours, you should not use the mixture on your face or under your eyes.
- Apply your mixture on clean skin. Do not scrub or exfoliate the skin under the eyes before using this. However, you should gently remove any makeup, sweat, or dirt from the area before using your mixture.
You can apply it gently using your fingers or a cotton pad.
- Ensure to avoid getting it in your eyes. Keep the application at least ½ inch away from your lower lash line.
- If using the oil mixture during the day, you can leave it on your skin or you may let it sit for a while to absorb into the skin. Then, wipe/wash off the excess. You may apply the rest of your regular skin care products afterward.
- While you may leave the oil mixture on overnight, be sure to use a thin layer to avoid it from getting into your eyes while you sleep. I recommend letting it absorb into your skin for a while and then wiping off the excess before you sleep.
However, if the oil does get into your eyes, immediately wash your eyes out with clean water. Put some clean water in a clean container and blink your eyes in it a few times.
- You can use more than one essential oil when mixing your under-eye treatment. However, your choices will be based on your skin type and personal preference.
To explore your options to lighten dark circles check out my article on The 10 Medical & Home Remedies For Under Eye Dark Circles
How To Choose & Use Essential Oils For Under-Eyes
When choosing what essential oil you should use, here are a few things to consider:
1- Choose an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory base
The free-radical fighting activity of the oil will help to protect the skin from environmental stressors that age the skin.
The anti-inflammatory properties will help to drain fluid from under the eyes and decrease inflammation which causes puffiness.
2- Choose something that will moisturize, smoothen and rejuvenate the skin
When it comes to darkness and wrinkles, moisture is one of the most underestimated things that boost the skin. It promotes healing, skin cell regeneration, and collagen formation.
It also strengthens the skin’s protective barrier and improves elasticity. Then, once your skin has the proper mixture balance, over time, it becomes smoother and more toned in texture and complexion.
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3- Consider your skin type
Think about whether you have dry skin, oily skin, combination skin, or sensitive skin. If you have acne, rosacea, eczema or any other skin conditions, consider these too.
Choose essential oils and carrier oils that will not make your skin conditions worse, but will instead, soothe your skin.
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4- ALWAYS use a carrier oil
It is important to always use carrier oils to dilute your essential oil, regardless of the kind of essential oil you are using. It is unsafe for your skin and your eyes to use undiluted essential oils.
Since they are so concentrated and potent, not only can they injure your skin, but if they get into your eyes, they can cause scarring and even blindness.
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Best Carrier Oils For Puffy Under-Eyes, Circles & Wrinkles
The best carrier oils are the ones that will hydrate and moisturize your skin.
When mixed with essential oils, the moisturizing effect will help to soothe the skin and balance out any sensitive or even drying reactions the essential oils may produce (they do not always).
They will also make your skin smoother and softer and will protect and strengthen the skin’s natural moisture barrier.
Here are some of the best carrier oils that you can use under your eyes:
- Argan Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Grapeseed Oil
- Jojoba Oil
- Olive Oil
- Rosehip Oil
- Sunflower Seed Oil
- Sweet Almond Oil
- Vitamin E Oil
Keep in mind that some of these oils may not be suitable for people with acne-prone skin. If you have acne-prone skin, I recommend checking to make sure the carrier oil you choose will not make your acne worse. And, always patch-test your skin!
Side Effects Of Using Essential Oils For Under-Eyes
The most common side effect of using essential oils on your skin is contact dermatitis.
This can happen if you do not dilute the essential oil well enough.
However, keep in mind that some people may need to dilute their oils more than others. This is where patch testing is important.
As you dilute your oils, try them out to see how your skin will react and whether you need to dilute them more before putting the mixture under your eyes.
The signs and symptoms of contact dermatitis are:
If you notice any of these symptoms, wash the oil off your face immediately and carefully. If they get worse or do not stop, seek medical attention.