Cucumber is one of the most refreshing fruits and vegetables out there, so it’s no surprise that many people use it in their skincare routine to help relax and hydrate their skin. Let’s take a look at how cucumber can benefit your skin, and what to do if you don’t see results or have sensitivities to this ingredient.

As it turns out, cucumbers are more than just refreshing summer snacks. They are also healthy for your skin! Because of their high water content and collagen-boosting properties, cucumbers can make your skin appear tighter and smoother. You can use these benefits to create an anti-aging skincare routine that’s cheap and surprisingly effective. This guide will show you how!

Why Use Cucumbers?

According to dermatologists, cucumbers are one of those it ingredients that can help take down inflammation in your skin. When you notice any redness on your face, apply cucumbers—or at least make them part of your daily regimen. (A gentle spritz of green tea mixed with cucumber water also works.) The plant compounds in cucumbers soothe irritated skin and reduce puffiness around your eyes. They're especially effective if your eye area is prone to allergies and swelling. They're also an excellent source of vitamin A and minerals such as copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and silica. Not only do they give you beautiful skin but they provide lots of health benefits too! You should use organic cucumbers since conventional ones have been linked to higher levels of pesticides when compared to organically grown vegetables. 

Benefits of Cucumbers in Skincare

Cucumbers are great for your skin due to their hydrating properties. They help your skin stay plump and hydrated, meaning fine lines and wrinkles can be reduced by regular use. Plus, as cucumbers naturally contain ascorbic acid (vitamin C), they can brighten dull complexions and fade scars. The antioxidants found in cucumbers can also help lighten brown spots caused by sun damage or acne. Need convincing? Try rubbing some sliced cucumber over dark spots or acne marks overnight before washing it off in the morning; you should see an improvement in color when you rinse it off.

How to Use it?

There are many uses for cucumbers, from eating them fresh out of your garden to using their juice as an anti-inflammatory face mask. But did you know that cucumbers can be used for skincare? Don’t worry, we’re not asking you to rub slices of watermelon all over your face (even though some people swear by it). All you need is cucumber extract and a little patience. The extract will help hydrate and moisturize your skin, making it look smoother and younger; any dark circles or puffiness will also disappear.

Recipes and Ideas

To create your own cucumber skincare routine, you’ll need to start by using freshly picked, organic cucumbers. No waxing or scrubbing is necessary—simply wash them thoroughly and then pat dry. The next step is to remove seeds from your freshly picked cucumbers. After doing so, cut off 1/3 of a cup of flesh and mix it in with 1/4 cup of water and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice; mix until homogenous (so no lumps remain). To reap maximum benefits from these ingredients, apply and leave on your face for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with cold water.

December 30, 2021 — Frank Lucas