Top Benefits of Cucumbers for Skin
Did you know that cucumbers that make an essential component of your summer salads are also great care givers to your skin? In fact they can do more for your skin when applied externally than when eaten up. Due to high content of Potassium, anti-oxidants and water, they have the ability of solving a great number of skin vows that affect us daily. From moisturising to treating open pores to dealing with inflammations and stretch marks, the list of it wonderful benefits for skin is endless.
Additionally, cucumbers also help in preventing constipation by aiding in digestion, help prevent certain kinds of cancers, and help in the proper kidney and bladder functioning. It also helps fight intestinal worms.
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Here is a list of top benefits of cucumbers for your skin:
Hydrates your skin
One of the most important benefits of cucumber for your skin is its water content. This provides hydration and cooling for the skin. So after a hot day, simply grate up a cucumber, whip up an all natural toner, and spray it on your skin for instant relief.
You can also preserve the juice in the refrigerator and use it over longer periods of time.
Protects your skin from sun damage
Due to its hydration properties, cucumbers help speed up the repair from sun damage. So if you have been out in the sun too long, spray some cool cucumber on to your skin and see the improvement.
Protects your skin from wrinkles
High in antioxidants, cucumbers help in scavenging the free radicals that are present in the blood stream. These free radicals cause aging of the skin and speed up wrinkle formation. Cucumbers can keep the effects of these free radicals to a low level so that the aging process is kept under control and the skin appears youthful.
Helps fight dark circles
Cucumbers are known to help fight puffiness, and dark circles. Try it out next time your eyes feel puffy and tired. Rather than just using the slices, you can grate up a cucumber and use its juice and soak up thin cotton pads. You can freeze these cotton pads and apply them to your eyes when they appear puffy or after a hard day’s work.
Moisturises your skin
Due to it’s high water content, cucumbers not only protect your skin from damaging effects of free radicals, help in reducing puffiness around the eyes and helps fight dark circles, it also helps moisturise your skin. You can whip up a face mask and add up cucumber juice to it. After a few minutes, wash off the mask and you will see a visibly softer and hydrated skin.
Reduces stretch marks
Cucumbers are also known to help fight cellulite. You can mix cucumber juice with ground or used a coffee bean which is another effective agent in fighting stretch marks. Then apply to the affected areas, and keep for some time. You can also try the wrap procedure and wrap it with a thin cloth and wash off after some time. Prolonged usage will show visible lightening of stretch marks.
Cucumbers work as an excellent toner. Next time you grate a cucumber, add some tomato pulp in it. You can also add some honey if you want and make your own toner. Apply this toner to your face and you can see visible tightening effects on your pores. Also, if you have skin sensitivity issues, be sure to do a patch test before applying anything directly on your face. Also make sure that the acidity from tomato and the honey are not too much by using very small quantities of both.
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