Saturday, July 20, 2013

Natural Beauty: Eye Care

 
Recently, I was approached by, Ming Pao Newspapers, to give my opinion on eye creams. They wanted to know which products on the market I would recommend. I really appreciated being asked and I gave my honest opinion. I thought you might like to hear about my thoughts on natural eye beauty as well.

In my opinion, eating well, drinking plenty of water and sleeping at least eight hours a night is still the absolute best natural beauty advice. As far as products that I would recommend, I am a fan of herbal products that are handmade.

There are many herbs that are wonderful for the skin. In particular, the ones I love most are calendula, chamomile, marshmallow and rose. I use rose water (available at most grocery stores) daily on my skin. The dried herbs calendula, marshmallow and chamomile can be made into an infusion (covered with boiling water and steeped for 20 minutes or longer). Soak a cotton ball in the infusion once strained and cooled and dab it on your face and under your eyes for a soothing wash. An infusion of these herbs will keep in a sealed jar in your fridge for a day or two.

If you are looking to purchase a handmade cream, I love the Rose Petal Cream made by herbalist, Celina Ainsworth and available through The Herbal Clinic and Dispensary in Toronto. Although it is not specifically an eye cream, it is a natural and gentle formula that is perfectly suited for the entire face including the under eye area. For anyone not in the GTA, the cream can be ordered by phone for mail order. The bulk herbs listed above can also be ordered through The Herbal Clinic and Dispensary or may be available at your local health food store.

Other natural beauty treatments I use myself include, raw coconut oil, cucumber, tea bags and vitamin E. Cucumber is so refreshing for the eyes and feels incredibly soothing on the skin. And of course antioxidant rich tea bags can be placed on the eyes to reduce puffiness and nourish the eye area. I give myself a vitamin E treatment about once a week. To give yourself one, just open a capsule and massage the oil all over your face. Be gentle though when applying it under your eyes. And I really love raw coconut oil! It is an amazingly nourishing oil and it smells and feels fantastic on your skin. I use it on my face everyday.

For internal treatment, I always recommend cell salts (also called, tissue salts). They are homeopathic preparations of the twelve minerals that make up all of the tissues in our bodies and are available at most health food stores. 

Tissue Salts for Beautiful Eyes

Dark Circles Under the Eyes
Ferrum Phos and Nat Mur 

Puffy Eye Bags
Nat Sulph 

Wrinkles Around the Eyes
Silicea

I hope you find these tips for natural eye beauty to be helpful. Please leave me a comment or send me an e-mail if you have any questions.

♥ Andrea ♥

4 comments:

  1. Thank you for this wonderful advice! I have always loved rose water for my dry, sensitive skin, and I'm sure it is the secret to your lovely complexion. I would love to try the Rose Petal Cream! It sounds heavenly!

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    1. I'm so glad that you enjoyed this article, Laura :) You would love Celina's rose petal cream. It really does smell divine and feels so luxurious on the skin!

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