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Soothing Cucumber Eye Gel

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

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.


71 Responses to Soothing Cucumber Eye Gel

  1. Cindy Eyler says:

    love this! Shared on my FB.. thank you!

  2. Veronica Horobiowski says:

    I am excited to see a recipe for this but I have fibromyalsia and anything in the Aloe Vera/Melaluca family inflames it. Can you think of something different that I might try? Am racking my brain with thoughts. Thank you.

    • Donna says:

      Hi I also have fibro and even though I haven’t myself noticed any of the same with Aloe, I am wondering about Coconut Oil. I make sea salt scrub and always have it on had. The Coconut oil stays solid and creamy if stored in the frig and I think it might apply nicely.
      It makes my hands feel great after the scrub, so many it would be nice and softening for the “bags” under my eyes. Any thoughts.?

      • Becca says:

        Donna, I love this idea you dabblist you! My approach is to try it out (after some research – you know your skin likes coconut oil, good!) and see how it goes. Get your witchy alchemist on 🙂

  3. Connie Slayton says:

    Loves this idea!!! Thank you so much for sharing!! 🙂 have a great day!

  4. Jenna says:

    When you say 3 month shelf life, does that mean in the frig or on the bathroom shelf?????

  5. Amy says:

    Very excited to try this!! Sounds amazing 🙂 Thanks Becca!

  6. Natalie Fennell says:

    Are you recommending 4oz of a store bought Aloe gel? Assuming the answer is yes, … would I use the actual aloe leaf? Would I blend with cucumber and strain?

    Thank you.

  7. Lillian Ballard says:

    My eyes are very puffy. I will try this and will let you know how it worked for me.

  8. Jessica says:

    Hi! Love the recipe. Just one question…do you store this gel in the fridge? Thanks!

  9. Deb says:

    How can it last so long. One would think the cucumber purée/liquid would go bad sooner than three months. Just curious.

  10. Deb says:

    How does the purée/liquid not go bad before three months?

  11. Brittany Eifler says:

    When you say “Aloe Gel” are you using a refined Aloe Gel product or the gel straight from the plant? 😀

  12. Guadalupe says:

    I’m allergic to aloe vera is there something else I can use instead

  13. becca says:

    Hmm I’m not sure about that one, Guadalupe. I’ll have to do some research!

  14. Darina says:

    I’ve been looking for all-natural eye cream for some time now and this looks so easy to make! I think I’m going to try it this week. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Valentina says:

    I don’t belive it!
    i do it too some days ago and post it on my blog too 🙂
    and with the restant cocumer i’ve done a mask 😉

  16. Jennifer says:

    Add a capsule or two of natural vitamin E for a bit more antioxidant protectant. I have fairly oily skin and the aloe/vit E combo is my daily moisturizer.

  17. Laura says:

    Hi there, I kinda did something different and I think I might have made a mistake by doing so. I blended the cucumber and the gel from an aloe vera leaf and strained it then poured it into a jar…the problem is its completely liquid. Is there something I can add to it to thicken it up?

  18. Laura says:

    lol, you know I was just thinking that when I read the title again – gel! More aloe gel! Sheesh, it must be the heat melting my brain today….thank you!

    • becca says:

      Oh I know, it’s so hot here in San Francisco. Where do you live?

      Even when you add more gel, keep the mixture in the fridge so it doesn’t get more watery.

  19. Clara says:

    This is so wonderful! I love the smell of cucumbers so anything I can make with them is always a good thing.

  20. Erin says:

    Instead of blending, then straining – could you just juice the cucumber or does some of the finely ground bits make it better?

  21. Lianna chase says:

    Have you got recipe for face cream. . I am 50 years old.

  22. ronni says:

    I really like your site. I am going to try your eye gel. I will let you know how it works for the bags under my eyes… thanks

  23. ronni says:

    how do you extract the gel from the leaf? how many leafs are needed?

    • becca says:

      Ronni – I just squeezed it straight out of the leaf. Here is another great way to make aloe vera gel from the leaves of an aloe vera plant.

  24. Louise says:

    What’s the reason for taking the skins off? Can you keep them on for blending?

  25. genelle cox says:

    @Veronica Horobiowski
    try using just cocoa butter under the eyes every night instead 🙂

  26. Kali says:

    Hi Becca! I was wondering if I could ask for some advice 🙂 I really liked the idea of your eye gel, and was hoping I could add a couple more ingredients to make it more of a lightweight lotion. Using my typical ratio recipe (6 parts liquid oil: 3 parts solid oil: 1 part wax: 9 parts water) I melted a small amount of beeswax, and the rest of the oils. I poured it into the blender and slowly added the cucumber/aloe. instead of the water.. but it wouldn’t emulsify. The oils and wax seemed to stay together as a lotion, but the cucumber/aloe juice has seeped out and doesn’t want to play.

    I ran into something similar to this a couple months ago when I tried to add some pomegranate juice as a colorant in some lip balm, After pouring it into the containers and letting it harden, I found I could poke through the top layer of balm and the juice was swimming around underneath it all.

    Am I doing something wrong, or are fruit/veggie juice just not meant to emulsify with the oils and wax?

    Cheers 🙂

  27. I am so glad to see that the shelf life is three months. I have undereye issues: circles and the like, so I am looking forward to making and using this cucumber eye gel very soon. Hoping for miracles! Smile.

  28. Yomi Covill says:

    The first time i try this home made cream I did not have aloe vera so i use coconut oil unrefined organic and it work awesome, I think if you are allergic to aloe you can try this way coconut oil is also very good for you skin.

  29. becca says:

    What a great suggestion, Yomi!

  30. Ai Ping says:

    1. When you use the whisk until it’s combined, what texture exactly is it? Are the gels still in small pieces or have they transform into thick gooey liquid? I couldn’t whisk mine so I blended the aloe n cucumber but it turned out foamy. Did I over blend it? Any way to salvage it? Also before this, I made another batch but it remained in liquid form. Can I just add aloe and blend again?

  31. becca says:

    Hi Ai,

    The texture should be more like a jelly when you whisk it. If it’s too liquid-y, then add more aloe and have it sit in the fridge overnight.

  32. Lester says:

    When I whisk it, am I supposed to break the chunks of aloe gel into smaller tiny pieces (like a mashed up jelly)? If so, will the small pieces combine (like your last picture) after chilling? Like a whole jelly.
    Also, can I blend it instead?

  33. becca says:

    Hi Lester!
    Yes, break up those chunks of aloe into smaller pieces, making sure there cucumber juice to aloe ratio doesn’t make it too watery. Then, when you chill it, it more easily forms a gel.
    You can definitely blend as well!

  34. Lester says:

    Thank you. I made some and the color of the gel turned brown or rather less green the following day. Did that happen to you too?

  35. Jennifer says:

    Or… use grape seed oil on your face before bed (cheap, cheap!)
    (don’t put it IN your eyes) and EAT the cucumber!!
    Jennifer (50 and loving it!)

  36. michelle says:

    I love this idea,and it easy,easy is good in our busy world. Heres what I did to make it more so and with less waist. I used a large cucumber instead and put measured cucumber juice in an ice cube tray. So next time all I have to do is thaw a cube. I don’t know how well this will work but hey..its worth a try! Thank you,Becca, for sharing your ideas!!

  37. Rhonda says:

    Hi Becca, I have some Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera after sun gel. Could I use that with the cucumbers or should it be pure aloe vera? And not this that has water, glycerin, and all of these other big words that I can’t even pronounce? Thanks, Rhonda

  38. becca says:

    Hi Rhonda,
    I would go with your intuition here, that the aloe vera gel you have may not be the best to put under your eyes. I find it best to only put on my face what I also feel comfortable eating as well.

    • Rhonda says:

      Thanks Becca for answering my question. Now I have another LOL! on the recipe for the aloe vera /cucumber get, do you mean 1/2 of a cucumber or 1 to 2 cucumbers? Thanks Rhonda

  39. becca says:

    That’s ok, Rhonda. I don’t mind questions 🙂

    I meant 1/2 or half a cucumber.

    • Rhonda says:

      Hi Becca,, Thanks for clarifying. Hey, would coconut oil do the same thing as the aloe vera gel or not? I have that on hand and really want to get started with this, but have to wait for a few days for money to get the aloe vera gel
      thanks, Rhonda

  40. Saraj says:

    Hi Becca
    I made this eye gel but halved the recipe. I applied around my eyes and when I looked in the mirror about half hour later I noticed that the whole area that I had applied it was bright red. I didn’t feel any discomfort it was just a bit warm to touch. I just wondered if this is a common reaction to aloe/cucumber or if it may be an allergic reaction. Thanks in advance

  41. becca says:

    Hi Sarah! Hmm, that might be a reaction to the aloe vera gel. Do you have access to an aloe plant? You might want to go the pure route in lieu of the stuff in the bottle.

  42. sue says:

    Yami, i tried your coconut oil idea but once i put it in the refrigerator, the oil hardened on top of the cucumber juice. How did you get it to blend?

  43. Ayune says:

    Hi Becca,

    Roughly how many aloe vera leaves make up the 4oz? Thinkin of buying fresh aloe vera leaves from a farm.. would buy the whole plant if i have a green thumb.have to do more research on that.hehe

    • Becca says:

      Oh, by all means, buy the whole plant and you can use it for so many more thanks than this recipe! You can treat wounds, make face masks, and so much more! It’s hard for me to say how many leaves make up the 4oz since it depends on size and amount inside the plant. But I used a small amount from mine. I hope that helps. You can do it!

  44. Ayune says:

    Hi Becca (and others too!)

    How did you guys manage to mash up the jelly aloe vera while whisking?i whisked till my arms were aching like crazy!lol and when i blended the whole thing, it got too watery even after leaving it for so long in the fridge. Shud i add more aloe if im blending the mixture? Or is there at technique to mashing up the aloe?hehe..

  45. Brynn says:

    How long do you leave it on for???

  46. Angela christine says:

    Thanks for this post, it’s right on time! 🙂

  47. How do i sign up for more tips im going to try this recipe thanks

  48. mandie says:

    i have an aloe vera plant… will that work instead of aloe from the store… I’m a kid and i wanna make this for my mom so is this safe for kids

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