Scientifically known as Cucumis sativus, the cucumber is part of the same Cucurbitaceae family as watermelons, cantaloupes, zucchini and pumpkin. Cucumbers are largely made up of water, but still contain a wide array of health benefits. Cucumbers are a great source of vitamin K and molybdenum, as well as pantothenic acid, copper, potassium, vitamin C, caffeic acid, manganese, magnesium, biotin and phosphorus. They also contain silica, a trace mineral that is important for maintaining healthy connective tissues throughout the body, such as in the muscles, hair, nails and skin.
Cucumbers contain cucurbitacins, lignans and flavonoids, which are phytonutrients known to hold antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and even anti-cancer benefits. These properties make cucumber an effective and cheap skin treatment option. Not only do cucumbers have the same pH levels as our skin, which means they can help restore balance if our skin is too acidic, they’re also enormously hydrating. This extra hydration, as well as the astringent properties that cucumber contains, makes them beneficial in treating everything from puffy eyes to burns and dermatitis.
Eating lots of cucumber is recommended as a great natural source of silica, which can have wonderful benefits for your skin, and you can add cucumber slices into your bathwater to treat your entire body to cucumber’s rejuvenating effects. Cucumber can also be peeled, chopped and blended up with water and witch hazel to create a facial toner, which can be kept in the fridge and applied to the face using a clean cotton ball.
Cucumbers can be used in at-home face masks, mixed with other all-natural ingredients like yogurt, avocado, egg whites and/or honey. Adding a few drops of fresh lemon juice to cucumber juice will further benefit and enhance your complexion, leaving your skin with a healthy, natural glow.