Cucumber is considered as one of the healthiest vegetables you should eat as often as possible. They are highly recommended during the summer because cucumbers are made from mostly water and that can help us in staying hydrated. But, that’s not the only reason they are good for. Cucumbers are rich in vitamins such as C, K and B, they are high in fiber and low in calories; can reduce inflammation and contain polyphenols that help in preventing from certain types of cancer. They are cheap and found throughout the year and you can make a lot of tasty food with them. But, besides that, cucumbers can be a good ingredient when it comes to your beauty routine. You can prepare your own beauty products that contain this vegetable, and use it for body, face skin and so on. Check out the list with ten natural remedies that you can easily do by yourself.
1. Cooling Cucumber Mask
Making this cooling cucumber mask will help you refresh your face, especially if you you’re dealing with tired eyes and dark circles underneath them. For this natural remedy, you need cucumber, coconut oil, carrot seed essential oil and aloe vera gel. Blend the ingredients until a smooth cream is formed. Place the cream in ice cube trays and freeze it. After that, when the cream is solid, apply it around the eyes. Be careful: if you use the carrot seed oil in the preparation, note that it will burn if it gets in your eyes. In that case, rinse your eyes immediately with cold water.
2. Cucumber Aloe Vera Mask
For this cucumber mask you need cucumber juice and aloe vera gel or aloe vera extract from fresh plant. Blend the two ingredients on high power. Put the mixture in a small glass bottle or bowl, cover it and refrigerate for few hours, preferably 2 – 4. Scoop the bubbles and place the mixture in a face cream bottle, which is optional. Keep the cream always refrigerated and keep the exposure to air to the minimum, because the mixture will change color to brown, but it still will have it’s beauty powers.
3. Cucumber Body Scrub
The cucumber body scrub is a good way to exfoliate and hydrate your skin. You need cucumber, white sugar, coconut oil and fresh basil leaves, which is optional. Wash and chop the cucumber and the basil and put them in the blender. Add sugar and coconut oil. Blend everything until you are satisfied with the consistency of the body scrub. Put the scrub in a jar and refrigerate it until you use it. The results you get will be so refreshing to your body skin – it will make it soft.
4. Cucumber Borage Soap
Thanks to the anti – inflammatory power of the cucumber, this soap is great if you’re dealing with any inflamed skin conditions, acne or bug bites. You need four oils – avocado, olive, palm and coconut, lye (sodium hydroxide), fresh organic cucumber, a handful of fresh borage blossoms and leaves; water. Puree cucumber and borage with 12 ounces of water, strain through a colander and add water to total 25 ounces of liquid. Add the lye and continue with making the soap. If you haven’t done a soap by yourself, the link provides further instructions on how to.
5. Cucumber Eye Pads
One of the most refreshing beauty tricks! If you’re dealing with puffy eyes or eyes that show the lack of sleep, then this trick is the thing for you. Dice a handful of cucumbers and add it in a food processor or blender. After blending, pour the mixture in a bowl and put it in a large ziploc bag in the fridge. Soak cotton rounds around the juice and make sure it’s well absorbed. Pick the rounds up one at a time and put them inside the ziploc bag in a single layer, but make sure to leave adequate spacing between each layer.
6. Cucumber Face Mask
This mask is especially good if you have acne problems. It reduces them, can heal acne scars and it eases the inflammation. For this face mask you need organic cucumber, aloe vera gel, tea tree essentials, lavender essential oil and full fat milk powder. Peel the cucumber, remove the inner pith and make a smooth puree in a blender. Next make a puree from the aloe vera gel, mix it with aloe vera extract, cucumber extract, essential oil and with milk powder to get a thick paste. Apply in on your face, neck gently and wash it off after 15 minutes.
7. Hair Mask for Damaged Hair
Damaged hair is one of the major beauty problems women are dealing with. Sometimes, even a high – quality shampoo or conditioner won’t help. In those cases, don’t despair, but try a natural remedy instead. Buy cucumber, egg and olive oil – you only need three ingredients and you may even have them already at home. Grate the cucumber in a bowl, add beaten eggs and olive oil. Apply it on your hair and let it stay for 30 minutes, after that rinse your hair with shampoo. Apply the remaining cucumber on the washed hair and rinse.
8. Cucumber Lemon Toner
When you combine cucumber, lemon, witch hazel and green tea together, the results can be amazing. That’s why these are the ingredients used in this face mask. Thanks to their good powers on our health, you can improve your face skin with a homemade mask. Blend the cucumber and the lemon, pour the cucumber in a colander. Fold up the cheesecloth and squeeze the cucumber mixture into the bowl. Next add the witch hazel and the green tea and store in an air-tight container.
9. Cucumber Sugar Scrub
You should try this sugar scrub because the cucumber will sooth the skin, while the olive oil hydrates the skin and makes it soft. What you need to buy is cucumber, sugar, olive oil and tea tree olive. Puree the cucumber and add sugar, olive oil, and tea tree oil – optional. Add more sugar if it dissolving. Mix everything together and store it in a container. Keep the scrub refrigerated in order to stay fresh.
10. Cucumber Lemon Detox Water
The last on the list is certainly not a product, but it’s definitely worth including in our eating habits. Drinking a detox water is not only healthy, but delicious too. You can make a detox water with many different healthy fruits. In this case, we have the lemon cucumber water. Fill a large mason jar with half full with ice. Top with lemon and cucumber slices, a slice of fresh ginger and fresh chopped mint. Fill with water and drink it right away, or you can refrigerate it and drink it later.