DIY Caffeine Eye Serum (for puffy eyes)

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In my on-going quest for eternal youth I just had to some up with something to combat puffy eyes! When my third child was a newborn, I woke up after a sleepless night and looked in the mirror. I looked old! Very puffy and old. No sleep was not doing me any good. So I dug in my makeup bag and finally decided to try that free sample of caffeine eye cream that I had been holding onto for months. It worked! I watched the years melt away as my face began to normalize again. I began using it every morning….until the small sample tube ran out.

Being the DIY crazy Mom that I am, I decided to find a way to make my own DIY caffeine eye serum. I mean it can’t be all that hard, right? Nope, it’s most definitely not!  I had read that almond oil is great for reducing dark circles, so I decided to make some coffee infused almond oil! I had also already been putting castor oil under my eyes every night before bed to keep the skin around my eyes youthful looking (and as an added benefit, I noticed it made my eyelashes longer too!), so I added some of that to the mix too.

A little bit about why caffeine works to reduce puffiness:

  • Caffeine applied topically improves circulation and plumps up the skin, diminishing the appearance of the circles. It also helps constrict blood vessels to reduce swelling
  • Caffeine has potent antioxidant properties
  • Caffeine helps protect cells against the UV radiation and slows down the process of photoaging of the skin

DIY Caffeine Eye Serum

What you need:

  • 1/4 cup ground organic coffee
  • 1/3 cup sweet almond oil — where to find
  • 2 Tbsp castor oil — where to find
  • dropper bottle — I get them here
  • cheesecloth or nut milk bag
  • Note: I have had some readers wonder if the coffee might stain the skin under their eyes. While I have not personally noticed any staining, you could certainly make the serum using a green coffee — like this one


  • Combine the sweet almond oil and the coffee in a glass jar
  • Cover with a lid and let sit on the counter for a week to infuse
  • Using your cheesecloth or nut milk bag (that’s what I used), strain the infused oil into a bowl, you might have some small coffee residue that gets through and that’s just fine
  • Add the castor oil to the bowl and stir to combine


  • Apply caffeine eye serum under eyes in the morning or at night, whenever you prefer. I personally include it in my bedtime routine
  • A really fun way to use this oil is in a small roller bottle with a metal roller ball. Store it in the fridge so the roller ball gets cold and then use it as needed for puffiness — the cold ball will increase effects! You can find a roller bottle with a metal ball HERE

Want to know more about my skincare routine? Here are my other recipes: WASH, TONE, MOISTURIZE

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