Cucumber is one of the most refreshing, cooling and nutrient-rich vegetables out there. Its high water content helps regulate the water balance in the body and is highly recommended to maintain health. This vegetable becomes essential in our grocery list during summer to ward off the heat and keep the body hydrated. Due to its cooling properties, cucumber has also been an integral part of skincare products, especially those formulated for sensitive and dry skin, to soothe and calm irritation. There are many ways to use cucumber for skin and we will reveal them all, but first let’s take a look at these facts.
Did you know?
- 96% of cucumbers is just water
- Topical application of cucumber slices cools down the temperature of the blood and reduces swelling, this is why cucumbers are widely used in facials
- Pressing a slice of cucumber to the roof of your mouth for half a minute helps eliminate bad breath
- Cucumbers help curb hunger and are therefore recommended to anyone trying to lose weight
- Slices of cucumbers can also be used to clean sinks, taps and other stainless steel things to make them shiny and squeaky clean
Now that you know cucumbers can do so much more than just relax your eyes, here are all the ways you can use cucumber for better skin.
- Cooling toner
- Soothing face mask
- Skin repairing face mask
- Refreshing face rinse
- Cellulite removing scrub
- Drink cucumber infused water
- Products that contain cucumber
- Frequently asked questions about Cucumber Benefits for your Skin:
Sometimes even after wearing the best sunscreen, your skin looks red and sunburnt after spending a little extra time out in the sun. A cooling and refreshing cucumber toner is all you need to calm your skin as soon as you come home.
To make this cucumber toner for the skin you will need to cut the cucumber into thin slices and boil them in water for 5-7 minutes, then blend it to get a smooth mixture. Squeeze the water with a cloth or strain it and transfer to a spray bottle. Store it in the fridge and use for up to 3-4 days.
Soothing face mask
If you have sensitive or acne prone skin that gets worse in the summer when the temperatures soar, use the cooling benefits of cucumber for your skin by preparing a soothing face mask.
Grate one large cucumber and extract its juice, add Fuller’s Earth and a few drops of tea tree essential oil to prepare a smooth mask. Apply all over your face and neck area and rest for about 10-15 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water. Using this mask frequently will reduce skin irritation as well as the inflammation and redness associated with acne.
Skin repairing face mask
Apart from soothing and calming the skin, cucumber also has skin repairing properties and can be used to treat blemishes and dark spots. The anti-inflammatory properties of cucumber soothe your skin at the deepest level, thereby helping fade blemishes.
Here is how you can prepare a repairing cucumber mask for your skin. Cut and blend one cucumber to obtain its juice or pulp, then add a teaspoon of oats and let sit for half an hour. Apply this thick paste all over your face and leave it on for about 20 minutes. Rinse with cold water.
Refreshing face rinse
Another easy way to use the benefits of cucumber for your skin is by washing your face with cucumber water. If your face generally feels greasy or icky during summer, prepare and store some cucumber water in the fridge and splash it on your face to keep the sticky feeling at bay.
Simply cut a few slices of cucumber and let it soak in some water in the fridge. Before washing your face with this water remove the slices and splash the water to feel energised and refreshed instantly. Do not store this water for more than a day as it might turn stale and do more harm than good for your skin.
Cellulite removing scrub
Cellulite is a common skin concern that most women deal with, but did you know you can use cucumber to correct that as well? The juice of a cucumber contains phytochemicals that help in collagen production and improve skin elasticity while removing cellulite.
Take the juice of one cucumber and mix a teaspoon each of ground coffee and raw honey to obtain a thick paste. Massage on the affected area for a few minutes, then wrap with a muslin cloth. Exfoliate gently after half an hour. Regular use of this scrub will help reduce cellulite and tone the skin.
Drink cucumber infused water
Apart from the topical application of cucumber on the skin, you can also consume this refreshing vegetable to get maximum benefits. Those who don’t prefer having plain water can try drinking cucumber infused water, you could add some mint leaves and a slice of lemon to make it even better. Drink this throughout summer to stay energised, hydrated and refreshed.
Products that contain cucumber
If you are not big on DIYs and yet, want to reap the skin benefits of cucumber, you are in luck! Here are a few products infused with the goodness of cucumber to keep your skin cool and happy all through summer.
What’s one thing that you can’t survive summer without? That’s right, a deodorant! And when it is as refreshing and cooling as a cucumber infused one, you’d want to get it ASAP! The Dove Go Fresh Cucumber & Green Tea Antiperspirant Deodorant Spray is a gentle and nourishing spray that keeps sweat at bay and keeps your underarm area soft and smooth.
Showers feel so refreshing and cooling in summer, especially when your bathing soap is infused with cucumber! The Dove Fresh Moisture Bar keeps moisture locked in the skin, while effectively cleaning and soothing your body.
Frequently asked questions about Cucumber Benefits for your Skin:
Q. Can I rub cucumber slices on my face?
A. Yes, you can! Cucumber is packed with skin-benefiting vitamins and nutrients, it can also ease and soothe most types of skin irritations. Place slices of cucumber on your skin and lie down for 10-15 minutes. Splash water and apply a light moisturiser.
Q. Is it okay to apply cucumber on your face daily?
A. 96% of cucumbers are just water, so there is no harm whatsoever in using this cooling and refreshing vegetable on your face every day.
Q. Can I leave cucumber juice on my face overnight?
A. Regular use of cucumber juice makes your skin healthy, glowing and refreshed. So, if you are comfortable leaving the juice on your skin overnight, then that’s completely fine.
Written by Sanya Hamdani on May 27, 2020
Sanya Hamdani is a skincare enthusiast and lipstick hoarder, she truly believes no two red lipsticks look exactly alike. With a Master's degree in Communication & Journalism and 5+ years of digital writing experience up her sleeve, Sanya has some of the biggest beauty experts in the country on her speed dial. When she's not swatching products or writing about the latest trends in beauty, you will find her watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S. or cooking up a storm in the kitchen.