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


Servings 4 scrubs
Author Live Eat Learn

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

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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Facial Toner and Mist


Servings 1 cups
Author Live Eat Learn

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. Steep tea bag in 1/2 cup hot water for 5 minutes, then allow water to cool.
  2. 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.
  3. Mix tea, aloe vera gel, and cucumber slices.
  4. Dab onto clean face with a cotton swab prior to applying moisturizing, or use a spray bottle to create a refreshing mist.
  5. Store covered in refrigerator.

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