Loaded with antioxidants and moisture and pH-balanced perfectly with your skin, cucumbers have been the quintessential beauty gourd since movies have been showing off a fancy lady in a face mask.
Cucumbers relieve eye puffiness miraculously, but they also are known skin soothers and are anti-ageing. Here are our favourite beauty uses of this salad staple:
DIY Cucumber Recipes For Your Face:
Eye Brightener: The most obvious DIY cucumber trick is to take two cucumber slices and place over the eyes. Kick back and let the cucumbers do their magic for 20 minutes. The cuke reduces swelling, dark circles and tiredness for a flawless look. Makeup artists on set worldwide still use this essential trick!
Facial Toner: For a mild, softening toner, chop Â½ a cucumber, and puree with 3 Tbsp. witch hazel and 2 Tbsp. distilled water. Make sure all pieces are blended completely using a food processor, pour off into a bottle and use generously by soaking a cotton ball (especially refreshing during the summer!). The product will stay fresh for a few weeks, if kept in a fridge.
Rejuvenating Mask: The most common use of cucumber pulp and juice is to improve complexion and rejuvenate the skin. Mix cucumber juice with a few drops of lemon juice and apply it as a facial mask. This will improve the complexion and will add a glow to the skin.
Acne and Ingrown Hair Treatment: Mixing cucumber juice with apple cider vinegar, aloe vera (itself a product with many DIY beauty uses!) and tomato juice makes an incredible toner that helps to clear pores. Simply mix thoroughly and apply by dabbing on with a cotton ball (avoid the eyes). Be sure to rinse thoroughly after a few minutes.
Acne Mask: Using equal parts turmeric and fresh cucumber pulp with the squeeze of a lemon, you can create an oil-fighting mask. Simply apply to the skin and leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
Skin-Toning Mask: Take a cucumber and mash it up completely in a food processor. Squeeze a lemon in the mix and add 1 tsp of honey for a brightening, skin-tone evening mask. Leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse in warm water.
Moisturizing Mask #1: Mix 1 tsp. of oats with a finely blended cucumber and let sit in room temperature for about half an hour to thicken the mixture. Simply apply, leave on for 20 minutes, and then rinse. For a super boost of moisture, you can add 1 Tbsp. honey as well.
Moisturizing Mask #2: Not into oats? Try this moisture mask instead: Take Â½ cup chopped cucumber, Â½ cup chopped avocado (sans pit, of course), 1 egg white and 2 tsp. powdered milk. Blend together until smooth, then apply to your face and relax for 30 minutes. Rinse with cold water.
Moisturizing Mask #3: For combination skin, you can take half a cucumber and 1 Tbsp. of plain yogurt, blend and apply. Leave on for 20 minutes then rinse off.