If you're interested in keeping your skin healthy and flawless, consider using a cucumber mask. Though
cucumbers are normally found among vegetables, it is actually
classified as a fruit. There are many different types of cucumbers, but
all offer excellent benefits to your health, particularly your skin and
eyes. Not only does the raw cucumber have cool, soothing properties,
its juices help in hydrating and softening. Some beauty regimens even
recommend rubbing slices of raw cucumber on your skin to rejuvenate it,
or placing slices on your eyelids to help combat dark circles and
Face masks with a cucumber base has many benefits on your skin. Not only will it cool it and make it softer, the cucumber is also able to absorb harmful oils and residues which have been left on your skin. This fruit also contains silica which helps your skin's elasticity, and thus aids in alleviating wrinkles and delaying your skin's aging process.
If you want to get the best out of this fruit, why not whip up your own beauty concoctions with cucumber as a base? Here are some ideas to get you started.
Cucumber and Mint Face Mask
For this recipe, you will need to first mash together 5 pieces of fresh mint leaves. Peel one piece of cucumber and remove the seeds. In a blender, puree the leaves and cucumber together, and add in a beaten egg white. Once evenly mixed, apply this mask on your face and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly, and you will notice that your face instantly feels soft and refreshed.
Moisturizing Face Mask
Get a piece of peeled cucumber and slice it thinly. Mash the slices in a blender, then strain the mixture. Gather the cucumber juice in a bowl. Add ½ a teaspoon of lemon juice, and stir in a beaten egg white. This is now your moisturizing face mask. Simply apply it evenly on your face, and leave on for 20 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.
For Oily Skin
If you suffer from oily skin, or if you are acne-prone, this face mask will help you combat your problem. Blend together slices of cucumber until you have created a mash. Add in 2 tablespoons of honey and 5 tablespoons of yogurt and blend well. Once evenly mixed, add in ½ a cup of oats. Refrigerate this mixture for half an hour. Then apply this evenly on your face, and leave on for a good 20 minutes. Rinse off thoroughly. For those suffering from dry skin, you may use milk instead of yogurt.
Cucumber Eye Mask
Cucumbers are also popular for use against puffy eyes and eye bags. Here's a recipe that will instantly uplift tired and puffy eyes. Mix together 1 tablespoon of Aloe Vera gel, 1 teaspoon of cucumber juice and ¼ teaspoon of cornstarch. Bring the mixture to a boil, either in a microwave or on an open flame. Remove from heat, and then mix in a tablespoon of gentle astringent. Once cooled, you will come up with a clear eye cream. Just put a small amount around your eyes, and leave on for 20 minutes before gently wiping it off.