Cucumbers for Skin Care
Question: What’s great on a salad, and even better for your skin?
Refreshing, cool, and hydrating—the cucumber really is a friend to the skin. Though they are made up of over 90% water, they contain antioxidants and nutrients. When you topically apply cucumber slices to the skin, it can cool down the temperature of the blood and reduce swelling. Amazing, right?
Here are some ways clever ways cucumber can help the skin:
To soothe irritated and sunburnt skin
Cucumbers contain nutrients like water, potassium, sulfate and vitamins A and C. Use them to soothe and relieve irritated skin and sunburnt skin. Cucumbers can help calm acne and can help heal skin cell damage.
To reduce puffy eyes
You often see depictions of people with cucumbers on their eyes when they are tired and are trying to refresh. That’s because cucumbers have anti-inflammatory properties. Placing chilled cucumber slices (or juice) on your eyes can help lessen puffiness, help shrink dilated blood vessels, and wake-up tired-looking skin. They are like nature’s little ice packs.
As an anti-aging facial
Cucumbers contain two antioxidants that, when applied to skin, can help fend off wrinkles—vitamin C and caffeic acid. Cucumber is a great addition to any anti-aging facial mask. (See below to learn about our amazing cucumber hydrating mask that features many other botanical goodies!)
OUR TOP CHOICES
We love these Heliotrope skin-care products that contain the mighty cucumber!
Cucumber Hydrating Mask - Reduces wrinkles and helps repair damage
You already know about the amazing benefits of cucumbers. This mask also contains rosehip, algae extract, pumpkin, peach and plum extracts. Feel the effects immediately as your dry, stressed skin is rejuvenated and refreshed. Use regularly to keep your skin fresh and balanced.
Cucumber and Botanical Healing Serum - Tackles dry, tight, irritated skin
This thick, moisturizing lotion combines the best of the best natural ingredients known for their healing, soothing powers—aloe and cucumber. Apply before bedtime, after sun exposure, or anytime you want soft, cool, hydrated skin.
Cucumber and Aloe Aftershave Balm - Great for all skin types
You’ve got two incredible skin caretakers in this one—cooling, hydrating cucumber and soothing, moisturizing aloe. Shave and apply, and your skin will feel cool, soft, and hydrated. Slather it all over your face for a great moisturizing balm.
What’s your favorite way to use cucumber for your skin? Let us know in the comment box below!