3 Reasons Why Cucumber is Your Skin’s Best Friend
If it’s good enough for your salad, it must be good enough for your skin, right? Even though its 95% water, cucumbers have been used in skincare for their anti-inflammatory, soothing and brightening benefits for decades. Here are our three favourite reasons as to why cucumber is your skin’s best friend and should be used in your skincare routine just as much as your salads.
Cucumber is a natural skin brightener as it inhibits tyrosinase, the enzyme that produces melanin. Over production of tyrosinase can lead to pigmentation and dark spots. Studies have shown that when topical products containing cucumber extract were applied there was a decrease in melanin and sebum on the skin, resulting in more evened skin tone and anti-acne effects. Cucumber is generally a non-irritating ingredient which is safe to use for those with sensitive and sensitised skin.
Packed Full of Vitamins
Not only are cucumbers rich in water, vitamin C, folic acid, and beta carotene, but they also have high levels of vitamin K which helps reduce dark circles and the lignans contained within vitamin K help reduce inflammation. Cucumbers are also rich in silica, a compound that hydrates and strengthens your skin. Topical application of products containing cucumber greatly benefit your skin but eating cucumber also promotes skin health by keeping your skin hydrated.
Cucumber can help relieve the sensation of sunburn
Alleviates the Sensation of Sunburn
Even though we should always avoid getting sunburnt, sometimes it happens. To cool the sensation of sunburn, apply a mask using a toner that contains cucumber. Not only does it provide skin with an instant burst of hydration, the vitamin C and folic acid found in cucumber have a cooling effect on the skin.
Look for a gel-based toner that’s loaded with plant actives like aloe vera. Aloe is known to soothe the effects of inflamed, sunburnt skin as it contains a compound Aloin, which gives the plant its anti-inflammatory properties.
Simply apply a thick layer of toner and your skin will immediately feel cooled. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse off with warm water. Your skin will feel hydrated and soothed after the mask. For those with acne prone and oily skin, the toner mask can be used as a hydration mask, giving skin a hit of hydration without using creams and oils that increase the risk of breakouts.
Toner for dry skin with cucumber, pH Balance Gel Toner
Cutting rounds of cucumber and placing them on your eyes is going to feel good but your body it not absorbing the nutritional effects of cucumber. That’s why it’s important to not only include cucumber in your diet but in your skincare. Look for products that contain cucumber extract or Cucumis Sativus as it often listed, and make sure its high up on the ingredient list to get the full benefit of this fruit.