It’s summer—that’s enough of an indication for us to talk about ways to cool, soothe, and treat the skin. (cue visuals of sunburn-riddled faces following a few hours of poolside lounging.) And we have just the ingredient for you: cucumber. If you’re confining this vegetable to circled-shaped patches around the eyes, you’re not doing it right. A cucumber hosts a spectrum of skin-loving benefits, and it’s time you acquaint yourself with them. Because, yes, cucumber is good for the skin—if not excellent. And that’s why we’ve put together a couple of benefits of cucumber along with ways to incorporate the vegetable into your self-care routine. Read on.
Everything You Need To Know About Cucumber For Skincare
There are so many benefits of cucumber for the skin. Here’s what you need to know about cucumber skincare.
This one’s pretty evident—what with us layering slices of cucumber onto our eyes to diminish the appearance of dark, swollen, puffy under-eyes. This is possible thanks to cucumber’s anti-inflammatory and cooling properties. The vegetable soothes and relieves irritated and inflamed skin as well. This includes wounds, scratches, and cuts.
Since cucumbers contain about 96% water, they’re ultra-hydrating for the skin. They contain polysaccharides that retain moisture in the skin too. This quality is especially beneficial for those with dry, flaky, and dull skin—applying cucumber to the face is one of the simplest ways to reinstate your radiance.
This is something you’re going to want to know. Due to cucumber’s cooling properties, it can heal and treat sunburn skin naturally.
The vegetable’s composition of antioxidants can prevent the development of wrinkles on the face. And since it contains Vitamin C—responsible for the growth of newer cells—as well as folic acid—to fight off the effects of environmental aggressors like pollution and U.V rays that wreak havoc on the skin—it can prevent premature ageing, and tighten and firm the skin.
Cucumbers are mildly astringent in nature—this means that they cleanse the skin, tighten the pores, and dry out oil. This is particularly beneficial for acne-prone skin—because it is a build-up of excessive oil and dead cells that clog the pores, and induce breakouts.
Circling back to Vitamin C—this one brightens the skin, and reduces pigmentation and spots over time. That’s another reason why cucumbers must be a part of your routine.
Now that we’ve gone over the benefits of cucumber for the face, here are a couple of no-effort ways to use cucumber for skincare.
This is one of the most basic cucumber-based recipes to make an at-home face-mask for yourself. Blend one unpeeled cucumber in a blender. Go on to separate the chunks from the juice by pouring the resulting paste through a strainer. Apply the mask to your face, and let it sit for about 15 minutes. You can use this as an eye-mask to ward off morning puffiness too. Try throwing in two tablespoons of aloe vera to the mix right after straining the cucumber to amp up the effectiveness of the face-mask. Aloe vera is hydrating and soothing to the skin.
Want to DIY a toner? Peel a cucumber, and slice it into smaller pieces before transferring it to a stove filled with water—enough to cover the pieces. Heat it over a low flame for about 7 minutes before moving the contents to a blender. Once you’ve pureed the pieces into a smooth paste, pour the mixture through a strainer to filter out any unblended bits. Proceed to store the resulting formula to a spray-bottle, and that’s it. Make sure you’re not storing the mist for more than three days as it will go bad eventually.
You need three ingredients to make your own cucumber-infused body lotion at home: cucumber, aloe vera juice, and coconut milk. Just grate one cucumber over a bowl. You can place a strainer over the bowl to weed out any solid bits. Proceed to pour it into a container, and add ¼ cup of aloe vera juice and ¼ cup of coconut milk. Shake it all together, and there you have it. An all-natural, skin-soothing lotion prepared in under 15 minutes!
Do you believe that there are so many benefits of applying cucumber on the face? I’m pleasantly surprised. And that’s on using cucumber for the face and body.
Looking for a gel-based face-wash enriched with natural ingredients? This antimicrobial formula contains cucumber, turmeric and sandalwood extracts, tulsi oil, vitamin E beads, aloe vera, and tea tree oil. It cleanses the skin while softening, moisturising, and soothing; and reduces pigmentation, infections, and irritation effectively. This bacteria-killing property is further bolstered by its composition of chlorhexidine. Since it’s non-comedogenic, it doesn’t clog your pores and trigger breakouts (s/o to those with acne-prone skin—we see you).
MyGlamm Wipeout Germ Killing Body Lotion
There’s so much more to lotions than the aesthetics of scents, packaging, and colour. You must look for a concoction that doesn’t just work superficially—but thoroughly. And we’ve found just the one for you. This germ-killing lotion soothes, moisturises, and restores the suppleness of the skin. Enriched with cucumber to relieve irritation and inflammation; tea tree oil and chlorhexidine to rid your skin of bacteria; rose extracts to heal damaged skin; cocoa butter to prevent dryness; and nut-grass oil to return your skin to its youthful avatar, it protects you all day long.
Are you a little lazy when it comes to skincare? Because, same. No one looks forward to scrubbing hours-old mascara off their eyes at the end of the night. And rehydrating their faces with serums and moisturisers right after. And that’s why this triple-action formula is it for you. It cleanses, tones, and hydrates your skin at the same time. Infused with ultra-soothing ingredients like aloe, cucumber, and green tea, this micellar water-based formula goes beyond, and diminishes pigmentation and spots, protects your skin against free-radical damage, and enhances your complexion—thanks to an additional assortment of ingredients like papaya, glycerine, lemon, and castor oil—so, hello, soft and supple skin.
Price: INR 349
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What’s better than masking in the middle of the day? This anti-acne face-mask is infused with three core ingredients from the previous triple-action formula: green tea, cucumber, and aloe vera. It soothes irritation and prevents flare-ups without stripping the skin of its natural oil balance. Composed of more skin-soothing botanical ingredients, it hydrates, improves elasticity, and defends the skin against the effects of environmental aggressors.
Price: INR 349
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If ‘cool as a cucumber’ was a product, it’d be this one! The Oriental Botanics Aloe Vera, Green Tea & Cucumber Sunscreen SPF 50 UVA/UVB PA+++ combines skincare and SPF in one product. While it has an SPF of 50, and a PA+++ rating, it contains green tea to soothe and heal the skin; aloe vera to deliver nourishment; cucumber to cool and rejuvenate; watermelon to hydrate the skin externally; and olive wax to reinstate the skin’s suppleness. Together, these ingredients preserve the elasticity of your skin while forming a U.V-damage repelling protective barrier on the surface. Summer’s calling!
Price: INR 749
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Toner’s are overlooked so often. But they’re pretty beneficial—especially this one. If you struggle with open/large pores, and would like to minimise their appearance, this one’s worth a try. The Organic Harvest Green Cucumber Toner is made from plant-derived ingredients. Thanks to its inclusion of cucumber, this toner cools and soothes the skin all while preventing infections.
Price: INR 445
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And that was it on cucumbers for the skin—now that you’re fairly familiar with the uses of cucumber for the skin, why not reserve a day for our recommended DIYs? And if you’re lazy, start adding to your cart! Remember—don’t limit this power-packed vegetable to the eyes.
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