Unorthodox natural treatments have become quite the trend in the skincare world in recent years. Whether it’s for acne, redness, itchiness or hyperpigmentation – there seems to be a natural cure for all of these issues. Some of these treatments are backed up by science, while others are merely anecdotal. Today we will explore in which category does cucumber fall under.
In this article, you will find out which benefits come with using cucumber as a part of your skincare routine (if any) and how to use it without causing any adverse side-effects on the skin.
In the skincare world, nothing seems to be off-limits. Experimenting with the ingredients that you put on your skin can be quite dangerous at times, but it shouldn’t discourage you from trying out new things. The most important thing is to closely examine the claims and the things a certain ingredient promises to deliver, and weigh in the pros and cons before making a final decision about whether or not you try it out for yourself.
Cucumber is a promising ingredient, that’s for sure. You probably know all about the benefits of consuming cucumbers by now: it can increase your hydration levels, boost the amount of antioxidants you get in your diet, help with weight loss, lower blood sugar and provide you with many necessary vitamins and minerals which will help your overall wellbeing.
But does the same hold true in regards to skincare? Turns out, cucumbers have the power to provide your skin with the same benefits as you get while consuming them!
Here is how cucumbers can help your skin be the healthiest it has ever been:
If you thought that cucumber isn’t really productive in boosting hydration levels within the body, think again! Cucumbers contain 96% water, and by being so hydrating on the whole body, your skin will be the softest and most hydrated it’s ever been. And you can get these amazing benefits not just by consuming cucumbers, but also by applying them on the skin topically (we will provide DIY recipes later on in this article).
Moisturizing your skin is important, but real hydration comes from within. By consuming an adequate amount of water, veggies and healthy fats, you’ll be hydrating your skin from the inside out, which will help with its overall appearance.
Antioxidants do wonders for your skin. They help fight oxidative stress and lower inflammation in the body, leaving you with perfect skin.
You don’t have to buy any fancy antioxidant creams or serums, all you need to do is up your veggie and fruit intake! Having perfect skin has never been easier (or tastier!).
Are you the type of person who never gets enough sleep? Do you struggle with dark circles and puffy eyes on a regular basis? If that is the case then don’t despair, since cucumber is here to the rescue!
Due to the high water content, cucumbers help hydrate the delicate skin under your eyes. If you leave your cucumber in the fridge before applying it under the eyes, even better! By cooling it down, you’re actually making the cucumber slices become more effective in battling puffiness and dark circles. Why is that? Well, by refrigerating them before use, it will help the blood vessels under the eyes contract, which will reduce the appearance of puffy eyes.
Cucumbers can also soothe damaged skin under the eyes, if you have any. Thanks to the vitamin C content and the hydrating properties, your eye area will look fresher than ever!
Cucumbers can offer relief for sunburnt skin due to the cooling and soothing effects that they provide. In addition, they also speed up the healing process. So, if you ever find yourself having painful sunburns, reach for some cucumbers!
It’s important to mention that if you have severe sunburns, cucumbers won’t provide you with proper treatment and you need to visit a doctor right away. It only works if you have mild redness and burns.
And last, but certainly not least, cucumbers are an excellent option for healthy and glowing skin. They can tighten, brighten and reduce puffiness in the skin, something we all experience from time to time.
These awesome benefits are due to the number of vitamins and minerals which can be found in cucumbers. Vitamin C, A, and B are some of the best vitamins you can use for the skin, and cucumbers contain all three of them! Plus, they contain biotin and potassium, and both are great for the skin as well.
According to this study published by The Academic Journal, cucumbers can also help with skin brightening and acne-fighting! What’s not to love?
We covered all the benefits that you can get by adding cucumbers in both your diet and your skincare routine. You’re probably inspired by now to either consume more cucumbers or add a couple of DIY recipes on your next pamper night. And the first one is easy, and you don’t need much convincing about it. But what about the DIY recipes?
Don’t worry, we got you covered. Here are the best and most efficient DIY recipes for the skin that involve cucumbers. These won’t take you long to make and they’re made of basic ingredients that you probably already have in your house.
Starting off with a skincare basic – the good old toner.
Toners are great for calming down the skin, and by adding cucumber in the mix you’ll only be amplifying that effect. Here is how you make the perfect DIY cucumber toner.
You will need:
Blend all the ingredients together and then separate the liquid from the solid parts using a drill. Pour the liquid in a glass bottle and refrigerate it. Use it every morning and night by applying it on a cotton pad and gently sweeping it all over your face. Follow it up with a quality moisturizer for ultimate hydration.
For this treatment, all you need to do is juice one cucumber and refrigerate the juice in order to maximize its benefits. After it’s been in the fridge for a couple of hours, apply the liquid on your under-eye area using a cotton pad. Follow it up with a hydrating eye cream for the best results.
Cucumber juice has the power to reduce swelling and repair damaged skin, which will definitely help if you’re on a mission to rejuvenate your eye area.
Or, you could do what you always see on television – just chop two circular slices of cucumber and apply them on your eye area for a couple of minutes. You will feel as if you’re visiting a luxurious spa!
As we’ve established before, cucumbers can help with mild sunburns. And the treatment is fairly simple – all you need to do is apply a mashed cucumber on your sunburnt skin and let it sit for a couple of hours. An alternative method you could use if you don’t like getting messy is applying cucumber juice on the affected area. This will alleviate any of the stinging or itchiness associated with sunburns, as well as help with the redness.
Talk about the perfect addition for your next pamper day! This face mask is all your skin will ever need.
For this mask, all you need to do is blend half a cucumber in a blender or food processor. You don’t need to make a paste of it, it’s totally fine to have some small chunks left. Apply the mixture directly on a clean face and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes. Once the time is up, wash your face with lukewarm water and follow it up with a moisturizer.
You could also refrigerate the mixture before applying it on your face.
You can also use cucumber when cleansing your face. This recipe requires very little time and only two ingredients to make!
Simply blend a peeled cucumber in your blender and add a couple of tablespoons of coconut milk. Once it’s done, pour it in a bowl and swipe it all over your face.
This cleanser isn’t as effective in removing traces of makeup, so it’s best to use it in the morning.
Cucumbers are beneficial not only when consumed, but also when added topically as a part of your skincare routine!
If you’re a fan of DIY recipes for the skin, hopefully, this article inspired you to try out some featuring cucumbers and get all the benefits that cucumbers have to offer.
However, it’s always best to patch test before adding any of these recipes in your regular regimen. If you notice any adverse effects such as stinging, itching or redness (irritative or allergic contact dermatitis), stop using the recipes immediately. If this does happen, visit your nearest dermatologist office for appropriate advice on how to take care of the negative reaction to this particular ingredient.
If you’re allergic to cucumbers, don’t try out any of these recipes.
That being said, negative reactions to a gentle vegetable mostly made out of water are rare, so you don’t have to worry too much about it.
Which one of these recipes will you be trying out?
This information is meant to supplement, not replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provider and is not meant to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions or adverse effects. This information may not fit your specific health circumstances, and its goal is to offer a general view of the subject. In case you are suffering from a severe case of acne, you should consult with a dermatologist or a certified medical professional.