On my quest to replace all store bought skin and personal care products with homemade, natural products, I have finally made an eye cream. And not just any eye cream. DIY Sea Kelp Eye Cream that actually works! It helps reduce fine lines, rejuvenate skin, reduce mild puffiness, reduce dark circles, and provide intense moisture to a delicate area of skin. I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but I think this recipe is the bomb dot com. Read on to learn about the benefits of sea kelp and other nourishing plant based ingredients.
Why Make Your Own?
When contemplating the payoff of making your own “DIY” skin care it is helpful to weigh the pros and cons. DIY skin care often requires you buy specialty ingredients you may not keep handy and it requires a bit of time or effort. It also may take a time or two to try and fail recipes (not always), which is totally normal. Additionally, there can be bad recipes out there. If you are trusting someone elses’ recipe and calculations, it might be a bit off.
However, the benefits (IMO) outweigh the drawbacks. You can better control WHAT goes into your concoction and thus on your face and body. Since the skin is the largest organ on the body (and everything gets absorbed) it is important to eliminate or minimize the list of chemicals and toxins you are exposed to. In addition, the cost per ounce for your final product is incredibly wallet friendly and will save you a lot of money over time if you keep to making your own stuff. Finally, you get the satisfaction of making your own skin care, boosting your sense of -self-efficacy and self-esteem. Plus, you can share with you friends and family! DIY Sea Kelp Eye Cream is a perfect gift for any occasion. You could even make some Whipped Shea Butter, and Soothing Face Lotion to add to a basket to create a “Spa Gift Set.” Fun!
Magic of Sea Kelp
I have been spending a fair amount of time researching ingredients for DIY skin care. I want to be able to make fancy creams for a fraction of the price of high end brands, but still enjoy the benefits. One of the ingredients I came across in many top dollar face creams is sea kelp. Now, granted, the method La Mer uses to extract the benefits of sea kelp is to ferment it with Lactobacillus. Believe me, I am already trying to figure out how to do this myself. Because when I looked online to buy “Sea Kelp Bioferment” it was about $6.00-7.00 an ounce. Ok, that’s still way less than $150 for a 1 ounce jar of La Mer, but I thought I could do better.
In general, sea kelp is excellent for your skin as it is high in many vital nutrients, minerals, and vitamins, including high doses of Iodine. It is used in skin care because of its many benefits (1):
- tightens and firms
- enhances healing
- helps improve elasticity and moisture
In my recipe, I have opted for low cost powdered sea kelp, which is shelf stable and still nutrient dense. The kelp is wild harvested from natural sources in colder oceans (AKA Atlantic) and then is dried and powdered. To help unlock its full potential, with advice from Craft Bite, I opted to cook the kelp powder a little. This creates a concentrated, gelatinous paste to use in place of a sea kelp extract.
Other Ingredients & Their Benefits
When creating an eye cream, I knew I wanted something a bit more concentrated in nutrients and moisture. Since a little will go a long way, I wanted to include the best oils for natural sources of vitamins and minerals. Here’s what I chose:
- Shea Butter– a rich, thick texture, it is an excellent moisturizer, and natural source of vitamin A and vitamin E, which provides antioxidant and healing benefits for various skin conditions (2)
- Aloe Vera Gel– contains antioxidants including, beta carotene, vitamin C and E that can help improve the skin’s natural firmness and keep the skin hydrated (3).
- Wheat Germ Oil– contains B vitamins, vitamins A, E, and D, omega-3 fatty acids, iron and calcium, which can help promote cell regeneration, have anti-aging effects, protect skin and restore moisture (4).
- Beeswax– is hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial, has skin protective powers, and promotes hydration to the skin. It also helps to emulsify and thicken any cream and keep it adhered to the skin (5).
- Rosehip Seed Oil– with vitamins A, C and lycopene, rosehip seed oil is a great oil to repair the skin’s surface, restore elasticity and protects against sun and pollution stressors that can lead to wrinkles. It has also been known to tighten and brighten the skin (6).
- Vitamin E Oil– acts as a natural preservative, plus blocks free radicals and toxins, and combats signs of aging (7).
- Vitamin C Powder- helps repairs UV damage, vital for collagen production, help provide anti-inflammatory and brightening effects to skin (8).
DIY Sea Kelp Eye Cream
- Liquid measuring cups
- measuring spoons
- double-boiler or bowl and small pot (optional)
- glass jars for storing
- 2 Tbsp Raw Unrefined Shea Butter
- 2 Tbsp Aloe Vera Gel
- 1 Tbs Wheat Germ Oil
- 1/2 Tbs Beeswax
- 1 ½ tsp Sea Kelp Powder cooked in 1/2 cup filtered or distilled water
- 1/2 tsp Rosehip Seed Oil
- ¼ tsp Vitamin E Oil
- 1/8 tsp Vitamin C Powder
- 10 drops Carrot Seed Oil
- Essential Oils, about 25 drops ( I used Helichrysum, Lavender, Clary Sage, Chammomile, and Ylang Ylang Essential oils)
- In a small saucepan, bring 1/2 cup distilled or filtered water to a boil over medium heat. Add sea kelp powder and stir. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring often, allowing it to reduce by half. It will turn to sort of paste.
- Meanwhile, in a glass measuring cup, add beeswax and shea butter and microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until melted. You can also choose to melt in a small bowl over a pot of boiling water (double boiler method).
- Once solid oils are melted, add rosehip seed oil, wheat germ oil, and vitamin E oil and stir.
- Strain the sea kelp mixture through a fine mesh sieve to remove any excess solids
- In a separate glass measuring cup, heat your aloe vera gel to the approximate same temperature as your oils heating for 15 second in the microwave. Add the kelp mixture to your aloe vera and mix well, reheat if needed. Add and dissolve the vitamin C powder in the aloe/kelp mixture.
- Once both the liquids and the oils are about 100-110 degrees Fahrenheit, slowly pour liquids into the melted oils, whisking or stirring constantly. Continue to stir or whisk until the mixture is a creamy color and texture and is fully emulsified.
- Finally, add your essential oils and mix well. Pour cream into three 1 ounce jars. Once cooled,cover with lid and store in cool, dry place for 3 months.
For use: Morning and night, with your ring finger, dab a little under eyes and on eye lids, gently tapping to help rub it. Can be kept in the fridge to help enhance the anti-puffiness benefits.
I really love this sea kelp eye cream, but there are things you need to know. Fact #1: Sea kelp smells like the ocean. Fish and all. When you are cooking the powder, it will be fragrant. And not in a pleasant way. Fact #2: You need a lot of essential oils to mask the smell of sea kelp. You can experiment with different blends. Just make sure you are using oils that are safe to be on your face at moderate levels of concentration. Fact #3: I forgot to add the Wheat Germ Oil in the photos in this post. After I took the photographs, I had to spoon out the cream, add the (semi-warmed) oil, whisk, then pour back into the jars. The color will thus be slightly lighter than in the pictures above. The texture is also slightly smoother and softer.
Tell me if you try this recipe! I would love to hear your questions, feedback, or comments below. Thanks for reading!