With plenty of medicinal and other beneficial qualities to its nature and name, the humble cucumber can double up as a skin care gladiator too. Easily available at local farmer’s markets, we would like to share with you some ways on how your face can best use the goodness the humble veggie can offer.
“The older you get, the fewer antioxidants you have in your skin to combat wrinkles and sun damage -- cucumbers can help restore some of these. Your skin has the ability to absorb antioxidants. Cucumbers are a source of several compounds that fight inflammation and aging, including cucurbitacins and cucumerin.”
- Medicine for sun burns
The harmful UV rays of the sun can play havoc with our skin, and tanning or sun burns can lead to cancers too. The juice of a cucumber when applied over the affected zone can help cool and soothe the area in no time.
- Helps bring down freckles
Freckles are cute, but not all think on the same lines. This is why most PYTs across the globe use the paste of cucumber to bring down freckles. The paste has to be used once in the morning and thrice a week for better results. Keep the pack on for ten minutes and wash off with cold water thereafter.
- Paste of cucumber
The paste of one cucumber when dabbed onto the facial zone and kept as a pack for ten minutes can help clean and hydrate the skin. The juice seeps into the pores and removes dirt, grime and dead cells. Wash off with cold water thereafter, and you’d be touching soft supple skin in a jiffy. The concept also helps brighten the skin too.
- No more dark circles
Slices of cucumber can help bring down the dark circles occurrence around the eyes. Placing cold cucumber slices for ten minutes every morning around the eyes, and washing off with chilled cucumber juice later would help reduce dark circles.
- Puffy eyes no more
You may be a teetotaler and yet the world questions you HOW MUCH YOU DRINK? Embarrassing isn’t it, and thanks to the puffy eyes such questions come forth. But all this would be a thing of the past when you place cucumber slices on the eyelids for ten minutes each day. This act would bring down water retention, which is the reason why eyes go puffy.
- Tone the skin
An egg white, a glass of cucumber paste, a tablespoon of honey and a little gram flour too- mix them all and use as a face pack to tone your skin. Wash off with the juice of a cucumber thereafter, and welcome a brighter complexion with a smile!
Mix a cup of cucumber paste with coconut water and wash the face everyday with this; helps in naturally whitening the skin, removes dark spots, blemishes and heals acne too.
Finally, if you suffer from overactive oil glands and are fed up because the makeup wouldn’t stay due to the oils, wash your face with raw cucumber juice before applying makeup. The juice of cucumber helps remove excess oils and keeps the pH levels of the skin in balance too.