As I get older, I’m noticing just how much less money I’m spending on happy hour drinks and instead allocating towards a good skincare regimen. While I welcome and embrace proof of the time passing on my face, I know that aging gracefully and responsibly means treating my largest organ (my skin) the right way.
But the thing is, the right way doesn’t need to be expensive when you can use nature’s bounty to treat your skin. This eye gel recipe is easy and inexpensive, using the anti-inflammatory properties of the cucumber. Cucumbers, in addition to being alkaline-packed powerhouses in the juicer, are high in Vitamin C. Puffy, swollen skin will soak that stuff right up.
Let me show you how easy this is.
Soothing Cucumber Eye Gel
- 5-8 tbsp organic aloe vera gel*
- 1/2 large cucumber, washed, peeled, and cut into cubes
Blend the cucumber with an immersion blender or in a food processor until liquid. Strain the juice of the cucumber through a fine sieve and set aside.
Place the aloe vera gel in a small bowl and mix in 2 tbsp cucumber juice. Whisk well until combined – forming a thicker, gel-like consistency. Because not all aloe gels are the same, this is up to you to determine. Once it’s at the consistency of your liking, pour into a small jar container and place in the fridge to chill for 1 hour to set.
Apply under and around the eyes before bed.
Shelf life is 6 weeks if kept in the refrigerator.
*I’ve gotten some comments reporting sensitive skin reactions to the gel. I believe this has to do with the quality of the aloe vera product you are using. Be sure it’s the purest form of aloe you can find, and doesn’t include any filler ingredients that may react harshly to sensitive skin.