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Cucumber Spa Time

When I think cucumbers, I always jump to the image of a lady with a green face mask and cucumber slices on her eyes. Apart from a face treatment I got on Groupon once, I’ve never been to real spa. So I figured hey, why not have a home cucumber spa day, complete with a cucumber scrub and a cucumber toner.

But before we start, I had to get to the bottom of why people put cucumber slices on their eyes. Like, why not apple slices? Why not slices of roasted turkey? Well there are a few possible explanations:

  • Water evaporates from the water-dense cucumber, causing a cool cooling sensation on the skin.
  • Coolness decreases flow of blood to that area, reducing puffiness.
  • The skin around your eyes is very thin, and therefore more prone to damage and wrinkles as result of puffiness, so reducing puffiness with cucumbers may prevent aging as well.
  • Antioxidants in the cucumber are thought to reduce aging by fighting the free radicals in the skin.

Now I know these pictures, namely the cucumber toner, look awful. Like a science experiment gone wrong. But both the scrub and the toner were really so refreshing.

Cucumber Face Scrub

The scrub is a combination of shredded cucumber and baking soda.

  • Cucumber is refreshing and cooling
  • Baking soda acts as a light exfoliant.

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Cucumber Scrub

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Servings: 4 scrubs
Author: Sarah Bond
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INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cucumber shredded, peel still on
  • 2 Tbsp baking soda

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Mix cucumber and baking soda, adding more baking soda if you want more exfoliation.
  • Gently rub onto face, scrubbing in circular motions, then rinse with water.
  • Store covered in refrigerator.
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Refreshing toner and mist

This toner is comprised of green tea, aloe vera gel, and cucumber. You can either dab this on with a cotton swab or put it into a spray bottle and mist it onto your face (super refreshing).

  • Green tea contains epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), an anti-inflammatory that may reduce sun damage and prevent skin cancer. Though not as effective as using a moisturizer with some SPF, this is a good foundation for your skincare routine!
  • Aloe vera is moisturizing without being greasy. It’s especially good for sunburned skin.
  • Cucumber acts as a refresher and an antioxidant.

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Blends right in.

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Facial Toner and Mist

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Servings: 1 cups
Author: Sarah Bond
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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 green tea bag
  • 1/2 cup aloe vera gel
  • 1/2 cucumber matchstick, julienne cut
  • 1/2 cup hot water

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Steep tea bag in 1/2 cup hot water for 5 minutes, then allow water to cool.
  • If using gel from a fresh aloe leaf, split the leaf open lengthwise to expose the inner part of the leaf. With a spoon, gently scrape the gel from the leaf. Process in blender prior to mixing with other ingredients. Aloe gel can also be found in the health section of your grocery.
  • Mix tea, aloe vera gel, and cucumber slices.
  • Dab onto clean face with a cotton swab prior to applying moisturizing, or use a spray bottle to create a refreshing mist.
  • Store covered in refrigerator.
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