Growing up I had an obsession with DIY beauty products, but I learned over the years of playing around with recipes and hacks that a lot of them either don’t work, or don’t work as well as items you can buy in the store. 

With that being said, I still like the idea of hacks and DIY recipes, I just don’t typically use them.  Recently however I came across this hack where you use almond oil to get rid of under eye circles.  Normally I wouldn’t have through twice about coming cross such a hack, but it was on Facebook, so I scrolled down and started reading the comments. Surprisingly, I found that a lot of people were having success with this method.  So I decided to give it a try.

 

Why Would Almond Oil Work?

 

If you’re wondering why this would work, the answer is that it’s a natural bleaching agent.  I know that sounds scary, but after some additional research I was reassured that it’s not damaging to the skin or unhealthy. In fact, almond oil is full of fatty acids, it’s anti-inflammatory, has antioxidant properties and is a great source of the vitamins E and K.  So, it’s actually beneficial for the skin.

So in theory, almond oil works by gently lightening the skin under your eyes and making it LOOK brighter.

 

Does It Actually Work?

 

For me: No, it didn’t work.

However, don’t give up hope that it won’t’ work for you!

I came to the conclusion after learning the science and trying it myself that almond oil will probably work for you if you’re dealing with dark skin, but not a loss of collagen. Both are reasons for that tired, dark circle under eye appearance.

Being in my late twenties, I’ve noticed a substantial loss of collagen, and I’ve never had dark circles under my eyes due to allergies or anything like that, so in retrospect, there really wasn’t anything the almond oil could do to help me.

That being said, I did notice improvements in the softness of my skin and my overall skin quality. So, if you want to give it a try and see how it goes-why not?  

 

How to Use Almond Oil?

 

The easiest way is just to dab some on your under eye area and leave it overnight. Now I’m a stomach sleeper (yes I know it’s bad for wrinkles) so I’m not so about to do that. Instead I just put it on early evening and found that it would soak in before bed, so that worked for me.

Recipes

If you want to get “fancier” there are a variety of DIY under eye recipes that you can try. I’m all about keeping things as simple as I possibly can, but I understand the appeal of using a recipe if you struggle with multiple issues beyond just dark circles.

Here are three recipes to try:

Almond Oil & Honey

1 tsp almond oil

1 tsp organic raw honey (Manuka honey is best)

Mix it together and apply.

A lot of people recommend leaving this combo on overnight. Because of the honey, you have to be a back sleeper (and someone who doesn’t thrash much) to ensure clean sheets and pillow cases in the morning.  If that’s not you, maybe try leaving this recipe on for a couple hours in the evening.  If you’re school, maybe while you study in the evenings or watch Game Of Thrones-I don’t judge.

Note: One misconception about using honey on your face is that it’s ALWAYS a sticky mess.  I’ve used honey plenty of times and while the mixing and application process can be sticky. It washes off with warm water beautifully and doesn’t leave your skin sticky at all!

Who Is Almond Oil and Honey Best For?

Those with…

Acne: Honey is a great option for people with acne because it is antibacterial and opens the pores to allow for clarifying of the skin.

Wrinkles: Honey is also a great choice for people with wrinkled skin or skin that needs brightened.  This is due to its antioxidant, moisturizing and smoothing properties.

 

Almond Oil & Rose Water

1 tsp almond oil

1 tsp rose water

Mix together gently massage underneath your eyes.  Leave on overnight.

Out of all the beauty items that I frequently splurge on, rose water is one of my favorites.  I literally spray it anytime I need a pick-me-up.  I love it so much.  My bank account would probably say I love it too much.

Who is Almond Oil And Rose Water Best For?

Stressed Out:  The aroma of rose water is a mood booster that is great for anytime you’re feeling stressed out or overwhelmed (maybe that’s why I’m semi-addicted).

Wrinkles and/or Complexion Issues:  Rose water is filled with antioxidants and has astringent properties which means it tightens the skin and acts as a toner while repairing the skin.

 

Almond Oil & Aloe

1 tsp Almond Oil

1tsp Aloe Vera Gel

Mix together and apply.  Leave for a couple of hours before rinsing.

I’m not a huge aloe fan, but a lot of people love it and it’s a versatile item to have in your cupboard for skin irritations, rashes, burns and the like.  

Who Is Aloe Best For?

Damaged Skin: Aloe is a superstar when it comes to repairing damaged skin and using it under your eyes is no different. So if you’re aging, it’s probably a good one to use.

Now you have plenty of information to get started on your almond oil experience.  If it works for you I’d love to see the results so I can let others know how it’s working.  You can shoot then to me on Instagram or Twitter (or just come and visit me on Instagram and Twitter in general-I love chatting with all ya all).