Witch Hazel, Cucumber, Aloe infused with Green Tea
This cooling and calming eye gel is perfect for the end of a heavy day in front of the computer screen, late nights or if you’re anything like me crying because I’ve just watched Watership Down again.. ooh that was apt ‘Bright Eyes’ burning like fire “yes they are!” now where is my favourite Eye Gel!
I chose these specific ingredients as I always have them in the house, and have been using Witch Hazel as a Toner since I was a Teenager as back then I did have problematic skin and would not use anything else but.. and now my Aloe is flourishing I thought I’d put him to good use as known for its soothing properties.
So we have..
Also known as Winterbloom is a flowering shrub mostly found in North America. All of the of the shrub is used, the leaves, bark and twigs as they are high in tannins. Tannins are found in any natural astringent for example Tea, Coffee, Wine Grapes, and some herbs and spices such as Cloves, Cinnamon and Cumin and all have the ability to tighten, dry and harden tissues.
Aloe Vera also known as the ‘plant of immortality’ and hardly needs an introduction as extensively use from beauty, weight loss and household products. It comes loaded with several nutrients like glycerin, sodium palmate, sodium carbonate and sorbitol. These properties are amazing for the skin and will nourish giving you a natural healthy glow. It also has anti-inflammatory and cooling properties which is why it works wonders soothing sunburned skin providing it with a protective layer to help the skin retain its moisture. The gel is easily obtained by cutting the leaves or peeling the leaves and squeezing out the clear jelly like liquid.
The cucumber is a member of the melon family and not only is it great in a salad it so refreshing on the skin and eyes, many of a time I have seen my mum with a facemask on top off with cucumber slices over the eyes, its an age old remedy that has been used and still using for its hydrating properties. Although mostly made of water (which works well with the eye gel as once refrigerated it keeps it coolness, hence ‘Cool as Cucumber! cucumbers contain Vitamin C, and Vitamin K which are both powerful antioxidants, along with Vitamin A, or Retinol which again used in beauty products as helps control your skins production of melanin.
Most of us are familiar with Green Tea, a great majority of us drink it daily either as an alternative to coffee and tea due to its lower caffeine content. It certainly is refreshing and has some great benefits to our health such as maintaining weight, reducing cholesterol, managing blood pressure and as an anti-inflammatory can be used for reducing pain in people with arthritic conditions.
It is packed with antioxidants and for the skin it is a great detoxifier for the pores and keeps your skin hydrated. It works well together with Witch Hazel given our skin a super boost!
You will need
- 75-100 mils Distilled Witch Hazel (from Chemist)
- Half a Cucumber roughly chopped (remove outer green)
- 2 Stems of Aloe Vera or Aloe Vera Gel from the Store
- 1 Green Tea Bag
- 1 Sachet of Vegetable Gelatine
- Small Containers
Put the Aloe Vera and the Cucumber together in a blender until smooth.
Once blended put the liquid through a sieve just to take out any floating bits that maybe in there.
Add the Witch Hazel to a pan along with Gelatine and Green Tea Bag. Gently heat until the mixture starts to thicken, keep stirring.
Once the liquid has become thick enough (consistency of treacle) take off the heat and transfer to your small container/s with a spoon and leave to set for about an hour and then refrigerate
You will now have an Organic Eye Gel! You can either apply straight under your eyes as part of your bedtime routine or soak into half circle cotton wool pads and relax your tired eyes.