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Play it cool with cucumber

With the summer months ahead, here’s one vegetable that will stay fresh- cucumbers. Given a chance, it will also add crunch and character to meals. Poking out of a sandwich, chopped in a salad or as a cure for puffy eyes, the cucumber has travelled across geographies. Coming into its own during summer this hydrating vegetable transforms from a secondary salad staple into a hero ingredient where health and beauty is considered.

Nutritional ingredients  in cucumbers

There are just 16 calories in a cup of cucumber with its peel (15 without). You will get about four percent of your daily potassium, three percent of your daily fiber and four percent of your daily vitamin C. They also provide small amounts of vitamin K, vitamin C,magnesium, potassium, manganese and vitamin A.

Cucumbers for maintaining your beauty

Packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, cucumbers are great as a face mask to control oily skin. It helps with unclogging pores, hydrating the skin and keeping it soft and dewy.

Beauty benefits in cucumbers

• Revitalizes skin. The greatest and most important skin benefit of cucumber is that it helps in revitalizing the skin.

• Reverses skin tanning

• Controls puffiness of the eyes

• Helps soothe sunburn

• Rejuvenates skin

• Treats open pores

• Fights cellulite.

• Reduces dark circles

Health benefits in cucumbers

• It's high in nutrients. Cucumbers are low in calories but high in many important vitamins and minerals.

• t contains antioxidants.

• It promotes hydration.

• It may aid in weight loss.

• It may lower blood sugar.

• It could promote regularity.

• Easy to add to your diet.

Selecting a cucumber as a part of a beauty treatment

Cucumbers contain vitamin C and caffeic acid, two antioxidants that, when applied to skin, help fend off wrinkles, sun damage and more. When combined with cucumber, which has cleansing properties, it is the perfect hydrating, soothing blend for your skin

Beauty treatments which include cucumber

Cucumber also:

• Lightens.

• Brightens.

• Hydrates.

• Tones.

 Cucumber is mostly used as a face pack.

Side effects

Side effects might occur only when eaten. It contains an ingredient called cucurbitacin, which is a powerful ingredient, known to cause indigestion problems. Even a little growling or indigestion can lead to flatulence or burping, which again makes it difficult to rest with ease.

How to grow cucumbers for beauty treatments

Put them in a spot that gets eight to 10 hours of full sun a day. Although they prefer sandy soil, cucumbers can be grown in any well-drained soil. This plant grows best in slightly acidic soils with a pH range of 5.8-6.5. A sprawling, viney plant, cucumbers need space to spread out, or a trellis to climb.

Compiled by Ruwini Jayawardana


Home remedies using cucumbers

Basic cucumber face mask

This recipe may be a good option if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to refresh or rejuvenate your skin.

1. Blend or puree half an unpeeled cucumber in a blender or food processor until it’s the consistency of a watery paste.

2. Separate the juice from any solid bits by pouring the mixture through a strainer.

3. Apply the cucumber juice to your freshly washed face. Let the mask sit on your skin for 15 minutes.

4. Wash the mask off with cool or lukewarm water and pat your face dry with a soft cloth.

Cucumber and aloe vera face mask

This mask may be especially beneficial if you have dry skin, due to the aloe vera that can boost hydration.

1. Blend or puree half an unpeeled cucumber in a blender or food processor until it’s the consistency of a watery paste.

2. Separate the juice from any solid bits by pouring the mixture through a strainer.

3. Add 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel to the mixture. Blend until smooth.

4. Apply the mask to your face and massage gently. Let the mask sit on your skin for 15 minutes.

5. Rinse the mask off using cool water. Pat your face dry with a soft cloth.

Cucumber, oatmeal, and honey face mask

This recipe may be a good option for acne-prone skin. Together with cucumber’s astringent properties, oatmeal can help exfoliate and remove dead skin cells, while honey can work to balance the bacteria on your skin.

1. Blend or puree half an unpeeled cucumber in a blender or food processor until it’s the consistency of a watery paste.

2. Separate the juice from any solid bits by pouring the mixture through a strainer.

3. Add 1 tablespoon of oatmeal to the mixture. Stir the oatmeal and cucumber juice until smooth.

4. Add 1 tablespoon of honey to the mixture and stir until well blended.

5. Apply the mixture over your face and neck, and massage gently with your fingertips. Let the mask sit on your skin for 15 minutes.

6. Rinse the mask off with lukewarm water. Pat your face dry with a soft cloth.


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