This crunchy green vegetable is not only low in calories, it’s also full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can feed your complexion inside and out. Here’s how.
Refreshes and Protects: Cucumbers contain vitamin C and caffeic acid, two antioxidants that, when applied to the skin, help fend off wrinkles, sun damage, and more. Vitamin C helps builds collagen and elastin, those protein fibers that give skin its youthful plumpness. And caffeic acid inhibits cancer cells and protects skin cells exposed to UV radiation. No wonder some spas offer hydrating face treatments made of crushed cucumber. Home version for kitchen divas: Barely puree half a cucumber and two to three tablespoons of plain yogurt in the blender; it should be thick, not drippy. Pat all over your face and neck, stretch out for fifteen minutes or so, rinse, and relish how good your skin feels.
Deflates Puffy Peepers: Refrigerated and sliced into rounds, cucumbers fit neatly over eye sockets, where they act like delicate mini-ice packs and relieve puffy lids. One reason: Cucumbers are 90 percent water, which helps them stay chilly even on hot spots. Their cold minimizes the swelling by constricting the blood and lymph vessels that bring fluid to the eye area.
Gets the Red Out: Cucumbers’ natural anti-inflammatories calm and soothe skin reddened by rosacea or sunburn. Place thin, cold slices on the butterfly region of your face, starting around your nose and spreading out onto your cheeks—or anywhere there’s redness. After a fifteen-minute lie-down, remove and apply a light moisturizer. Alternatively, try Peter Thomas Roth’s Cucumber Gel Masque, one of those cult beauty products that, even at a forty-five dollars, gets raves from ordinary users.
From The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You by Amy Wechsler.Find out more about this book: The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Who...This crunchy green vegetable is not only low in calories, it’s also full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can feed your complexion inside and out. Here’s how. Refreshes and Protects: Cucumbers contain vitamin C and caffeic... More