The humble cucumber may seem to you only an ordinary vegetable, but its potent properties can be used as a cool refresher to your skin. A fresh cucumber or its extracts have several powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents. This makes cucumber an excellent natural ingredient to get a fresh and lively face. This refreshing humble vegetable comprises of 95% water and offers valuable benefits for skin including skin lightening, brightening, hydrating and toning. It can not only be used for moisturizing dry skin, but also as a toner for oily skin.
In this article you will find best homemade cucumber mask recipes for dry skin, oily skin, acne prone skin, aging skin and a cucumber face mask peel. These homemade cucumber face masks / packs will make your skin healthy, leaving a smooth, supple, re-freshened face behind!
Cucumber Face Mask Benefits
A fresh cucumber or its extract works to hydrate, soften, relax, strengthen skin tissues, boost up water retention ability of the skin, reduce swelling, soothe sunburns and make your skin supple, smooth and young.
It contains many skin friendly ingredients that provide following skin benefits.
Cucumber Face Mask Benefits
|Water||Moisturizes skin, Makes it smooth, fresh, soft & supple. Safeguard skin from drying, itching, flaking & cracking.|
|Vitamin A||Promotes regular skin cells growth. Acts as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent, and thus safeguard skin from infections & inflammatory disorders.|
|Vitamin B1||Improves blood circulation through skin cells. Save you from skin orders, including inflammation, eczema, etc.|
|Vitamin C||Helps in producing collagen – the most abundant protein in human body, which is essentially required for healthy skin. Deactivate free radicals which can otherwise cause premature skin aging. Neutralizes free radical activity which can cause premature aging of skin.|
|Biotin||Keeps the skin healthy. Low biotin can bring about many skin disorders, including irritated skin, eczema, fungal infection, skin inflammation, etc.|
|Helps in proper and healthy functioning of the skin. Its deficiency can dry out and make the skin look aged.|
How To Make A Cucumber Face Mask?
Now as you know the amazing benefits of cucumber for skin, try a do-it-yourself (diy) homemade cucumber face pack. Read on for some best cucumber face mask recipes that are extremely useful to control different skin ailments.
1. Cucumber Face Mask For Dry Skin: Cucumber is one of the best known natural ingredients to calm, nurse and hydrate the dried out skin. You can make an amazingly effective cucumber face mask for dry skin by using two natural ingredients only, namely, cucumber and plain, unflavored yogurt / curd. The lactic acid in the yogurt / curd helps exfoliate skin to make it smooth and moisturized. It has antibacterial and antibiotic characteristics that keep at bay the acne causing bacteria. It not only deep cleanses, nurture and soften skin, but also help in diminishing acne scars, dark spots and blemishes.
This diy face mask can very effectively nurture dry skin to make it soft, refreshing and hydrated. This refreshing cucumber face mask can even heal and hydrate flaky and peeling skin. To boost up its hydrating strength, mix in extra virgin olive or organic coconut oil.
This mask is ideal for all skin types.
You will need:
(i) 1/2 fresh cucumber
(ii) 1 tablespoon Greek or plain, unflavored yogurt / curd
(i) Blend the ingredients into a fine, smooth, chunks free paste.
(ii) Wash your face using warm water, so as to open skin pores.
(iii) Pat dry with a clean, soft towel and massage the facial mask in small circular motions, using your finger-tips. Leave it on for about 15 minutes, rinse it off with lukewarm water first and then with cool water. Pat dry with a clean soft towel. If needed apply your favorite moisturizer or if you want to go natural way, apply a drop of extra virgin olive oil or pure organic coconut oil.
Natural Beauty Tips:
(i) If you like, you can apply the cucumber mask even on your neck and shoulders to cleanse and moisturize.
(ii) Use plain, unsweetened and unflavored yogurt / curd to save your skin from getting skin irritations or rashes on your skin.
2. Cucumber Face Mask For Aging Skin: This face mask diminishes wrinkles, removes fine lines and even out skin discolorations caused by dark age spots. To make this mask, cucumber is combined with aloe vera, lemon juice and rose water.
Aloe vera was called as “the plant of immortality” by the ancient Egyptians. It’s a great natural gift in soothing and protecting pre-mature skin aging. It has ability to treat numerous skin conditions such as flaky dry skin, sunburn and many skin ailments. On top of all that it’s a wonderful natural moisturize and has healing properties to fade out fine lines and age spots.
The lemon juice is a natural astringent, so minimizes skin pores. It is also acts as a natural skin lightener and thus fades out dark age spots, acne scars and reduces blemishes. Its antibacterial properties help to exterminate bacteria and skin germs.
The rose water is full of anti-oxidants, many vitamins and helps in keeping the aging signs at bay and nourishes skin. It acts as a natural toner, thus balances and revitalizes oily skin.
You will need:
(i) 1/2 organic cucumber, peeled
(ii) 1 table spoon natural aloe vera pulp / gel
(iii) 1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
(iv) 1/2 teaspoon pure rose water (optional)
Blend all the ingredients together in a blender until they form a fine, smooth, chunks-free paste. Pour the mixture in to a small glass bowl. Cleanse your face and neck skin with warm water to open skin pores. Pat dry with clean, soft towel. Using your fingertips, massage the mask onto your face and neck, starting from your forehead. Leave on the mask for about 20-25 minutes to work its magic. Rinse off the mask thoroughly with lukewarm water and splash cool water on your face and neck. Pat dry with a clean, soft towel.
Natural Beauty Tip: Wash the aloe vera leaves thoroughly and cut them from the base as this area has the most gel. Place the leaves on a clean chopping board, peel off the thick green skin, and remove the transparent gel. Blend it with the other natural ingredients to prepare this cool, refreshing wrinkles and fine lines busting cucumber facial mask.
Caution: If you have sensitive skin, test this mask on a small patch behind the ear as it contains lemon juice, which is acidic in nature.
3. Homemade Cucumber Face Mask For Acne And Oily Skin: The cucumber and oats are a perfect combination to treat acne and oily skin. This natural face pack for acne is very effective to combat pimples and bumps because it’s a natural combination of astringent and exfoliant. This facial mask really works to nurture your skin, cleanse it nicely and reduce the appearance of acne. For the people who are having oily skin, it acts as an astringent thus it avoids formation of fat on the face. It also exfoliates to remove the layers of dead skin cells, nourish and soften your skin.
You will need:
(i) 1/2 fresh cucumber
(ii) 2 tablespoons of oats
(iii) Freshly squeezed juice from 1/2 lemon
(iv) 1 tablespoon organic honey
(i) Peel the cucumber and cut it into small pieces. Blend all the ingredients together in a blender until they form a fine, smooth, chunks-free mask.
(ii) Apply this mask onto your face and other acne affected areas. Message it very gently and leave it on for about 20 minutes. Rinse it off with cool water.
Natural Beauty Tip: Don’t go in the sunlight having lemon juice on your face as lemon juice in the sunlight can cause sunspots. Either use it at night or before going in the sunlight rinse it off thoroughly.
4. Homemade Cucumber Face Mask Peel: What about a facial pack that you need to peel off at the end versus simply rinsing it off? Peeling is fun and being able to craft a cucumber peel off face mask is better yet.
Here is cucumber face mask peel recipe that you will find amazingly cool and refreshing because cucumbers have endless benefits to your skin and plus you will have fun while peeling the cucumber mask at the end.
You will need:
(i) Fresh cucumber – 1/2, if large or 1 whole if small
(ii) 1 green tea bag
(iii) 1/4 cup, aloe vera gel
(iv) 1/2 cup water
(v) 1 tablespoon plain gelatin
(i) Add in 1 green tea bag to 1/2 cup hot boiling water, keep it aside to steep and brew. Blend the peeled and seeded cucumber into chunks-free puree, strain out the solids and set aside. Put the plain gelatin in to the tea and melt it, reheating if required. Heat just enough to melt the gelatin entirely. After the gelatin is completely melted, pour it into a glass mixing bowl and mix in the cumber juice and aloe vera gel. Stir thoroughly and allow it to cool.
(ii) Wash your face and neck with warm water and pat dry with clean, soft towel.
(ii) Apply the cucumber peeling mask to your face and neck, avoiding your eyes and let the mask dry out.
(iii) After the mask dry out completely, peel it off and rinse your face with lukewarm water. Finish with splashing clean cool water.
Natural beauty Tip: If you have puffiness and/or dark circles under your eyes, lie down on your back while waiting for the mask to dry and place cooled cucumber slices over both eyes.
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