While cucumbers are mostly water, they also contain vitamin C and caffeic acid. Both of these help to soothe skin irritations and reduce swelling. Cucumbers are not only a tasty, nutritious and refreshing snack, but they are also great for your skin. There is some merit to throwing some cucumber slices over those tried eyes after all.
Check out a few of the tips for getting the most use out of cucumbers from care2:
- Make a Cooling Summer Bath: add in 2 cups of Epsom salt, 1 sliced cucumber, a handful of tom peppermint leaves to a bath and enjoy a soft, relaxing, summery soak.
- Make a Cucumber Toner: if your face is a little puffy when you wake up, try this toner recipe. Put 1/2 a cucumber with peel (chopped), 3 tablespoons witch hazel and 2 tablespoons distilled water in a blender or food processer and blender until smooth. Pour mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to remove solids and pour toner into a clean bottle with a tight lid. Store in the fridge for a longer shelf life.
- Make a Cucumber and Yogurt Mask: puree 1/2 cucumber and 1 tbsp plain/natural yogurt in a blender. Apply all over face and neck. Relax for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water, then follow with a splash of cold water.
- Make a Conditioner for Chlorine Damaged Hair: blend 1 egg, 1 tbsp olive oil, and 1/4 peeled cucumber. Spread evenly through your hair, leave on for 10 minutes and then rinse. Continue monthly for best results.
Check out the rest of care2’s great ideas over at 13 Ways To Use Cucumbers.