It’s not just summer salads that can benefit from the freshness of the cucumber, the skin too! Zoom on this cosmetic ingredient with hydrating and astringent properties.
Thanks to its freshness and its crunchy side to the bite, cucumber is one of the critical ingredients in summer salads. Composed of 95% water, it is rich in minerals and vitamins, substances essential for the proper functioning of the body, especially the skin. But what are the cosmetic virtues of cucumber? Praised by grandmother’s recipes, does it have a natural effect on the health and beauty of the skin? We take stock.
Cucumber, its benefits for the skin
Cucumber has been used for thousands of years by traditional medicines, including Ayurveda, to treat skin conditions such as sunburn and irritation. Its freshness helps soothe overheating, and its richness in essential fatty acids helps repair and strengthen the skin’s hydrolipidic film. In addition to its soothing virtues, cucumber is also an ingredient of choice to fight against minor imperfections and regulate sebum production in combination with oily skin. Indeed, it is rich in cucurbitacin E, a natural toxin with anti-inflammatory properties, and its juice helps reduce the appearance of pores thanks to its astringent qualities. Its richness in vitamins, antioxidants, and trace elements such as silicon makes cucumber a valuable cosmetic ingredient for preventing signs of aging and maintaining skin elasticity. And not to spoil anything, its brightening virtues make it possible to fight against the appearance of pigment spots (such as brown spots) and to give a real boost to the complexion.
How to use cucumber for the skin?
Cucumber is an ingredient that is easy to integrate into your favorite homemade cosmetic recipes, whether you are a fan of beauty from the fridge or more sophisticated preparations. To obtain a “minute” radiance mask, fresh cucumber juice can be added to a mixture of plain yogurt and honey. We do not forget to keep two beautiful rings to decongest his eyelids during the mask installation! The trick is seen and reviewed, but it works.
Out of season, you can also use vegetable oil from cucumber seeds or a nitroglycerin extract (the cucumber is immersed in a mixture of water and glycerin for several weeks to recover its assets) to bring freshness to its beauty creams. They are both found in organic stores or specialized stores such as Arma-Zone.