A nourishing and hydrating cucumber mask can do wonders to aging skin. It will also benefit acne-prone and sunburned skin due to the presence of ingredients with astringent and soothing properties.(1)
Benefits of Cucumber on Skin
Being a skin-conditioning agent, cucumber contains the trace mineral silica that rejuvenates your skin and strengthens the connective tissues to help maintain its elasticity and to combat wrinkles.(2)
Cucumbers have high water content and aid in keeping the skin hydrated. Being an astringent, it also helps tighten the skin.
This fruit is a good source of vitamin C and other antioxidants that help maintain clear, glowing, and young-looking skin. Also, it is good for reducing dark circles under the eyes.
This anti-aging cucumber face mask also contains aloe vera, lemon juice, and rose water.
Aloe vera stimulates cell renewal and can help slow down the skin aging process. Also, the soothing and moisturizing aloe gel is good for treating acne and sunburn. Sun damage is considered to be one of the key contributors to skin aging.(3)(4)
Lemon juice and rose water are incredible for your skin due to their antioxidant and skin-tightening properties.(5) They also help fade blemishes, reduce age spots, minimize large pores, and add a youthful glow to your skin. The wonderful smell of rose water has a calming and relaxing effect and can be useful in reducing stress.
Lemon juice is a natural skin-lightening agent.(6)
How to make an anti-aging cucumber face mask
Things you will need:
- Cucumber – 1/2
- Aloe vera gel – 2 tablespoons
- Lemon juice – 1/2 teaspoon
- Rose water –1/2 teaspoon
- A bowl
- A knife
- A blender
- Measuring spoons
1. Peel 1/2 of a cucumber.
2. Chop it.
3. Toss the cucumber chunks into a blender.
4. Add 2 tablespoons of fresh aloe vera gel.
5. Add 1/2 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
6. Add 1/2 teaspoon of pure rose water.
7. Blend the mixture for a couple of minutes.
Your homemade anti-aging cucumber face mask is now ready for use.
How to use the DIY anti-aging cucumber face mask
- Wash your face and neck, and pat dry.
- Apply this beauty mask on your face and neck.
- Leave it on for about 20 minutes.
- Rinse it off and then splash cold water on your face.
- Do this once or twice a week on a regular basis.
- Do not forget to apply a moisturizer. Choose one that’s suitable for your skin type.
- Instead of a blender, you can use a fork to mash the cucumber chunks.
- Use fresh aloe vera gel extracted from an aloe leaf. You can find the steps here.
- Add one teaspoon of organic honey in this recipe to make the mask more moisturizing.
- Eat refreshing and hydrating cucumbers to maintain a healthy and young-looking skin.
- Korean researchers found that taking aloe vera gel internally can also help reduce wrinkles and improve skin elasticity. You can consume as little as 1/4 teaspoon of the gel daily for a few months. Do not take it in excess, though, because it has a laxative effect.
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- Ivana, Lazarevic, Viktor, et al. Skin Ageing: Natural Weapons and Strategies. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2013/827248/. Published January 29, 2013.
- Cho S, Lee S, Lee M-J, et al. Dietary Aloe Vera Supplementation Improves Facial Wrinkles. Annals of Dermatology. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2883372/. Published February 2009.
- Smit N, Vicanova J, Pavel S. The Hunt for Natural Skin Whitening Agents. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. https://www.mdpi.com/1422-0067/10/12/5326. Published December 10, 2009.
- Hili P, Naughton DP, Thring TSA. Antioxidant and potential anti-inflammatory activity of extracts and formulations of white tea, rose, and witch hazel on primary human dermal fibroblast cells. Journal of Inflammation. https://journal-inflammation.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1476-9255-8-27. Published October 13, 2011.