People have always placed cucumber slices on their eyes whenever they have a mask on their face but little do they know the benefits this cooling vegetable provides for their skin.
The humble cucumber is usually tossed in salads and mistaken for nothing special due to its high water content. It’s all just water, what else could there be, right?
Well you are in for a surprise when you know the following amazing benefits of cucumber:
Let’s get right to it, cucumber is 93% water and this makes cucumber the perfect ingredient to provide your skin the hydration it needs. It will make your skin soft, supple and prevent it from drying. You won’t have to worry about peeled or cracked skin when you are benefiting from cucumber water.
Vitamin A is important for the cellular growth on the skin and prevents it from free radicals. The antioxidants found in vitamin A help it to maintain its youthfulness and elasticity by supporting collagen levels. Vitamin A is touted as one of the best vitamins that prevent the skin from any inflammations or infections.
Vitamin B1 is the nutrient that promotes healthy blood circulation in the skin. The pinkish glow your skin gets is all thanks to Vitamin B1. It also helps in preventing skin problems such as inflammation, eczema, psoriasis, etc.
Collagen is the key to boost skin elasticity. It is what makes the skin look young and neutralizes the skin’s free radical activity. Vitamin C helps in slowing down the oxidative process that can cause premature ageing in people.
This is one of the reasons why vitamin C serums are so popular as well.
Biotin is one of the best nutrients for maintaining healthy skin, hair and nails. If someone is deficient in this essential nutrient then there could be skin irritations, fungal infections and other skin related problems take place.
DIY Cucumber mask
You can just use cucumber juice as a toner for yourself but if you want to go an extra notch then try these 3 amazing cucumber masks:
Cucumber Yogurt Mask
- ½ cucumber
- 1 tbsp plain yogurt
Peel the cucumber and put it into the blender along with the yogurt. Blend until it is a puree and apply it evenly all over the face and neck. Leave it on for 20 minutes and wash with cold water.
Cucumber Honey Mask
- ½ cucumber
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp aloe vera
Follow the same directions as for the previous mask for preparing this. Leave this on for 30 minutes and wash with cold water.
Cucumber Milk Mask
- ½ cucumber
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp honey
- ¼ cup milk
This is a rich and exfoliating mask if you want to clear away all the dead skin cells. Follow the same instructions as for the other masks to prepare it. Leave it on for 20 minutes and wash it off with cold water.
So what are you waiting for? Take advantage of cucumbers and try these masks today!