Cucumber Face Mask for Hydrated Skin

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Few foods are as cool as a cucumber. It is low in calories, packed with nutritional benefits, and it’s mega hydrating— so much that you can actually include it in your daily water intake routine. While we all know cucumbers to be a food, it can also do wonders for your skin, in particularly, for the skin on your face.

Cucumbers contain vitamin C and caffeic acid, which both fight to reduce inflamed or irritated skin, as well as hydration due to its high water content. The peel also contains silica, which is known to firm and help plump aging skin.

Because cucumbers are derived from nature and contain no additives, they are a perfect addition to anyone’s skincare regimen.

Skincare Throughout the Ages

Now, don’t be mistaken by thinking that facial masks infused with things like cucumbers are modern inventions. In fact, as early as 6000 years ago, ancient Egyptians began utilizing earth-based products into their skincare regimens.

Ancient Egyptians used castor, sesame, and moringa oils to fight wrinkles and preserve their youth. They also made a soap paste out of clay and olive oil to cleanse their skin.

What is more, Egyptian women incorporated honey and milk masks into their beauty regimens to moisturize their skin, and they also took milk baths and used dead sea salts to exfoliate, rejuvenate, and heal their skin.

Eras later, ancient Greeks made their own skincare products using local, natural ingredients. One of the most widely used skincare treatments was mixing fresh berries with milk and then applying the paste on the facial area. The ancient Greeks also used olives and olive oil as exfoliants and moisturizers.

Skincare and, specifically, facial skincare, was always an integral part of women’s lives throughout the centuries but the 1900s brought a real explosion in terms of accessible skincare for women.

As years progressed, the trend of leaning back on mother nature for remedies and formulas to promote wellness did not skip skincare, and, nowadays, natural formulas for promoting facial skin is a must-have for many.

Some Science Behind Moisturizing

How do moisturizers of any kind actually work? As its name implies, it’s meant to keep or make your skin hydrated. Skin dries out by a normal process with a fancy scientific name of transepidermal water loss (TEWL).

Blood vessels only supply moisture to the middle layer of skin, the dermis. From there, water migrates outward through to the epidermis before it evaporates. A moisturizer’s job is to trap or replenish the moisture in the epidermal layer. Naturally-derived oils like jojoba oil are a wonderful way to naturally moisturize the skin.

So, Why is it So Important to Maintain a Daily Skincare Routine?

Helping to keep your skin looking and feeling its best. Your facial skin is extremely sensitive. In fact, it renews itself, shedding old and dead skin cells, more often than most other parts of your body. This makes your facial skin extra sensitive to the elements. Moisturizing your facial skin can help boost its natural repairing process.

Simply put, taking care of your skin and moisturizing as a part of your morning routine benefits you not only in the immediate term but also in the long run. Daily moisturizing has many benefits including:

Fighting signs of aging

Research shows that properly moisturized skin does not accumulate wrinkles as fast as those who do not moisturize regularly.

Reducing the chances of skin problems

A proper moisturizer can support your skin’s natural balance and prevent your skin from becoming too dry or too oily. Such imbalance can cause skin problems like acne.

Reducing the appearance of blemishes

Properly moisturized skin looks vital and visually appealing and can even minimize various facial-skin discoloration and imperfections.

Reintroducing moisture after a hot shower

After a hot shower, our skin loses most of its moisture. Applying moisturizer after a shower reintroduces that essential skin protection.

Back to Nature: Some Basic Natural Recipes That Will Have Your Skin Thanking You

cucumber face mask

Now that we have covered the importance of moisturizing your skin, particularly, the skin on your face; here are 3 cucumber-based facial masks you can use to naturally bring back the necessary hydration to your skin.

Pro tip: It’s always best to wash your face with a gentle, naturally-derived cleanser like CBDMEDIC™’s Natural Foaming Facial Cleanser.

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Cucumber & Aloe Vera Mask

A classic way to moisturize and refresh your skin, this hydrating face mask will have you feeling great.
Total Time 30 mins

Equipment

  • blender

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cucumber
  • 2 tbs aloe vera

Instructions
 

  • Cut your cucumber into pieces and place them into a blender.
  • Place these slices in a blender and mix until watery.
  • Add the aloe vera gel and blend until smooth.
  • Apply to your face after cleansing.
  • Massage the paste evenly onto your face and neck.
  • After fifteen minutes, rinse off the mask with cool water and pat your skin dry with a soft towel.
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Cucumber & Yogurt Mask

This mask is great for treating dry, irritated skin. Yogurt contains lactic acid which is known to dissolve dead skin cells. Not only will it moisturize the skin, it can help fight acne and fight signs of aging.
Total Time 30 mins

Equipment

  • blender

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 tbs plain yogurt

Instructions
 

  • Cut your cucumber into pieces and place them into a blender.
  • Transfer the cucumber pulp to a mixing bowl and add the yogurt.
  • Mix together well.
  • After cleansing the skin, spread the cucumber-yogurt paste evenly onto your face.
  • Let the mask dry for fifteen minutes.
  • Wash off the mask with lukewarm water and a dry with soft washcloth.
  • Splash cool water on your skin to close pores, and then pat dry with a clean towel.
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Cold Cucumber Compress

This trick uses cucumbers only and can be effective in fighting small wrinkles when they first appear, while also refreshing and hydrating your skin. You can apply cucumbers anywhere on your skin where you feel you need some extra moisture, including directly over your eyes. Cucumbers are a great, cost-effective way to bring life back to the delicate skin around the eyes.
Total Time 40 mins

Equipment

  • knife

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cucumber

Instructions
 

  • Cut 2 thin ¼ to ½ inch slices off the end of a cucumber.
  • Place the slices in the refrigerator for fifteen minutes, or in the freezer for five so they get very cold.
  • You’ll want to lie down so the cucumbers stay on your face when you apply them.
  • Place the cold cucumbers on your skin and relax.
  • Keep the cucumbers on your skin or over your eyes for fifteen minutes.

Notes

After the fifteen minutes are up, simply discard the cucumber slices and continue with your day. Using cold cucumbers as a compress is safe enough that you can do it every day to keep your skin smooth and youthful.
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Natural Skincare Remedies

Not only are cucumbers delicious and can be included as part of any healthy diet, they have the added bonus of being a natural moisturizer for your skin. To learn more about natural skin care remedies, read our article on skincare treatments. You can also check out our other posts on DIY recipes for skin.

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