The reason I have to branch out to essential oil has much to do with a common eyesore in aging skin — eye wrinkles.
My Eye Wrinkle Story
Maybe you won’t believe, but having eye wrinkles isn’t the worst beauty disaster in the world. The worst disaster is these wrinkles happen to be on a spot that is most subject to the slightest movement of your face. And that spot is the semicircular curve under your eyes. That semicircular curve forms when you smile and make any facial expression. It stretches outwardly from your inner eye corner to your eye bone. According to my experience, fine lines or wrinkles that fall directly (but not any close to your eyerims) on this curve, like mine, are doomed to form permanent wrinkles and probably crow’s feet. My experience has proved this to be true. The reason that wrinkles on this spot are prone to form more wrinkles is because, whenever you smile, laugh, or move your face muscles, you are actually promoting and lengthening the formation of wrinkles.
Unless you can keep your face bland all day long (which I can’t), these unsightly lines are doomed to follow you. Mine (a tiny, almost unnoticeable one) used to be only 1.5 centimeters long. But in a lapse of 12 months, it has doubled to almost 3 centimeters. Although the ends of the wrinkles are not as conspicuous as the roots, but they do exist. And I know if I don’t find some way to impede their development, they will become as conspicuous as the roots, in no time.
My experience has told you enough how horrible eye wrinkles can be if they happen to be on the wrong spot. And this has prompted me to make an adventure in essential oil.
I bought my essential oil locally from DK aromatherapy at City’Super in Tsim Sha Tsui. There were actually two types of oils to choose from: normal and certified organic. The salesperson said certified organic was better than the normal one, so I opted for the expensive version. The one I bought was Bulgarian lavender oil. It was said to be 100% pure essential oil, so I guessed I’ve got something of top quality, but it cost me a whopping HK$270 (approximately US$36…) for 10ml. (Only later did I find out that I’ve paid an astronomical amount for it… Next time, I will definitely make it a point to do some research and not make any impulse buy!)
Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil
According to what I know, lavender oil has antiseptic and antifungal properties. It can be used to treat acne, wrinkles, psoriasis as well as healing cuts, burns, and wounds. Despite all the goodies, I am only interested in its anti-wrinkle feature. If my skin gets any improvement after application, that’s a bonus.
How to Use Essential Oil for Eye Wrinkles
You can use essential oil for quite a few purposes, such as bathing, aromatherapy, and massaging. For the purpose of this post, I’m going to focus on skincare only. What I do is to dilute 4 drops of my lavender essential oil into 10ml of coconut oil. And it’s done. It can be used on your face as well. I was probably too excited to experiment with this new “toy” of mine. I ended up spread the concoction onto my face, neck, and hands. Lying in bed, I felt so lavender-ish.
Next morning I got up and examined my face in the mirror. It seemed that the acne scars on my face were slightly less noticeable. Well, maybe it’s my own illusion, but I don’t care. I’m open and willing to try out any method as long as it can give me any hope for removing my eye wrinkles. Probably, they won’t be as miserable as they did with the help of essential oil. Who knows?