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DIY Caffeine Serum for Tired Eyes

Okay conscious consumers and low wasters, we're all aware that we don't need 20 different products for our skin. But is there not something satisfying about giving our eyes a little extra love? I mean, they have this special ability to show the world whether we're rested or tired, they're the windows to our souls. Good news - you don't have to spend $100 for a hydro-vita-complex-360˚ eye remedy. You can make an effective, plastic-free, nontoxic eye treatment using just ingredients in your kitchen. And it will smell irresistible, so if you want to give it a taste, we won't judge.

You'll need:

  • Ground coffee
  • Sunflower seed oil or other liquid carrier oil (jojoba, sweet almond, or even olive oil will work great)
  • Vitamin E oil (optional)


  1. In a small jar, add 1 part freshly ground coffee to 4 parts liquid oil.
  2. Cover and let sit overnight.
  3. Strain with a nut milk bag, tea sock, or metal strainer.
  4. If using, stir in vitamin E oil.
  5. To use, dab a small drop under each eye and massage with your fingers.

Why coffee?

Caffeine -- and specifically coffee -- has a lot of great benefits for the skin that make it perfect for an under eye treatment. Applying caffeine to the skin can help reduce fine lines and dark circles under eyes. Additionally, coffee contains chlorogenic acid (CGA), which helps prevent hyperpigmentation.1

Why sunflower seed oil?

Sunflower seed oil has anti-inflammatory properties and contains vitamin E (see comments about vitamin E below). It has a fast absorption rate, making it perfect for applying before sunscreen, primer, makeup, or whatever else you're putting on your face.2

Why vitamin E?

Vitamin E (or tocopherol) acts as an antioxidant, prolonging the life of this oil-based concoction. But that's not all! Vitamin E is great for your skin too -- it helps with hyperpigmentation and wrinkles.3

If you try this recipe or one similar, be sure to let us know! We'd love to hear how it works for you. Comment below or reach out to us on Instagram!


References: 1| Coffee Benefits for Skin - Healthline, 2| Plant-Powered Beauty, 3| How Can Vitamin E Oil Help the Appearance and Health of My Face? - Healthline

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