Glow & Green’s mission (check out our about us page) is to providing awareness about skincare product ingredients to all the women out there. At the same time, I want to offer some environmental solutions to outstanding climate issues such as air pollution, water pollution, and food waste using a DIY skin care approach.
To understand sustainability in skin care, I started researching different skincare ingredients, and started pulling apart the ingredients in natural skincare products. As I did this, I became disappointed with what I was getting. I saw some elements that are not safe for the skin, hair, or eyes. At the same time, I am very thrilled to report that I can now make my own DIY skincare rituals using purely natural ingredients available at my fingertips. So today, I would like to talk about one of the most precious organs: the eyes.
Are you someone who experiences puffy eyes? Or dark circles? Sounds familiar, ha! These kinds of eye issues occur due to late nights and lack of hydration. In this blog post, I will show you two simple yet sustainable skincare recipes using food scraps.
I am showing you how you can fight polluted air and provide protection to your eyes with these DIY recipes 1) Under Eye Gel; 2) Eye Mask. I am going to use orange peel and potato peel for these simple recipes.
With orange peel, we are first going to make glycerite (infusing orange peel into glycerin), and then we will use it in an eye gel. Orange peel will act as an antioxidant and a skin brightening agent. Having orange peel glycerite in this eye gel will allow it to absorb right into the skin, making it ideal for use before putting on your makeup for the day.
It’s excellent for calming morning puffiness and reducing dark circles as it energizes and refreshes the skin.
Potato peel also has a calming property if you use it properly. Potato peel contains an enzyme that helps reduce inflammation and gives off a cooling effect. Its astringent properties reduce inflammation.
So without further ado, I want to first show you how to make glycerite:(see liselisa book)
Orange Peel Glycerite:
(Here we are using orange peel, but you can undoubtedly use lemons, grapefruit, tangerine or any other citrus fruit peels. Also, get a kitchen scale to get the correct measurements)
To make a total of 100 grams of Orange Peel Glycerite, this is what you need:
78 grams Vegetable Glycerite
22 grams Orange Peel
To make this glycerite, weigh both ingredients and mix them together in a mason jar. Let it infuse for 5-7 days. After the 7th day, strain the liquid using a coffee filter or fine strainer!
Here you go, now you have Orange Peel Glycerite. You can make a smaller quantity, but believe me, I am going to show you so many recipes in which orange peel glycerite can be used!
So once you made your glycerite using food scraps, it’s now time to make eye gel for your dark circles:
Dark Circle Eye Gel:
Things you’ll need:
27.9 grams Distilled Water
1.5 grams Orange Peel Glycerite
0.3 grams Agar Agar ( You can get this from the grocery store)
0.3 grams Phenonip (you can get this from Amazon, very important)
First, in one bowl, mix agar agar with the glycerite. Now slowly add distilled water. Once you finish adding all the water, make sure the consistency is right. Add the phenonip as a preservative!
That’s it, your Dark Circle Gel is ready to use! You can leave this eye gel on once you remove your makeup.
Now it’s time to make a simple eye mask:
Potato Peel Eye Mask:
1-2 Organic Potatoes Peels
Simple rectangular cloth
Wash your potato and peel it. Now rewash the peel; we do not want any dust in the skin. Arrange these peels in an ice cube trays and fill with distilled water. Stick it in the freezer.
Once they become potato peel ice cubes, put two cubes into the rectangular cloth and wrap it around your eyes. Whenever you do a face mask, it is an excellent opportunity to give your eyes a spa treatment as well!
Try these two recipes, and tell us about your experience.