The Natural Report: Cucumbrrrrr
After a long break of travels and family, it feels so good to be writing and making home skin products again. My mind has been reeling with ideas and I can't wait to share them with you all! So let's move quickly to the natural ingredient of this month...the cucumber. Side note 1: how clever was my title? Seriously. So clever right?? Ha...sorry, so corny
THIS MONTH'S INGREDIENT:
With the summer months upon us, I thought cucumber would be a great feature for it's cooling and hydrating properties. The cucumber, also known as Cucumis Sativus , has been shown in a study to have potential anti-oxidant and anti-elastase properties. Meaning...it helps with them wrinkles, people! An article also notes the cucumber to be packed with vitamin C and caffeic acid, helping to reduce inflammation and skin irritation; cooling the skin with gnarly sun burns and redness. Also helps cool the puffy eye syndrome that plagues so many of us (my hand is waving high in that party).
Other benefits? In a study released in 2013, the cucumber demonstrates potential several benefits of antioxidant, lipid lowering and anti-diabetic properties. Apparently it can help prevent constipation??
All in all...it's great for your skin and digestion. And now that you've become super knowledgeable in cucumber's benefits, I've made a facial toner/mask for you to use. Side note 2: I definitely took over my friend's kitchen while putting all this together.
Cool Green Toner/Mask
- Green tea (I used the same one from this post)
- Ginseng extract
- Large bowl
- Small container
1. Brew the green tea in a separate cup
3. Place the cut cucumber into the blender with about 2 tablespoons of water
5. Pour the brewed green tea into the mix
2. Meanwhile, begin chopping the cucumber into large slices/chunks for blending
4. Blend into a fine pull then pour through the strainer over a large bowl. Use a spatula or spoon to press the juice out of the mix and into the bowl. I used the leftover pulp as a face mask while I waited for the toner to cool. Double skin wham!
6. Squeeze 10-20 drops of ginseng extract. I did 20 because of the large volume I had. I probably made 4 cups worth of the toner
Et voila! If kept refrigerated, it can easily last up to two weeks in freshness
- Soak cotton balls and place under eyes to help with puffiness
- Swipe on to help with redness or irritated skin before applying lotion
- Coat face heavily for a mask effect, rinse after 5-10 minutes before applying lotion
- Can coat spoons and freeze for a double wham of puffy under eye control
I hope you guys liked this post as much as loved taking over my friend's kitchen. I'd love to hear about other ways you use cucumbers to help manage your skin. Please leave comments below...now that I've finally figured out how to add the thing!
Well, I hope this was helpful! If you have any questions or suggestions for the next Natural Report, I'd love to hear them! :))
Until next time. Deuces.