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Summer Skin-Saver: Cucumbers!

Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of cucumber’s healing and cooling benefits. This super refreshing fruit (yes, cucumbers are a fruit and not a vegetable) is famous for being over 90% water, which makes it incredibly hydrating inside and out. While cucumbers have long been a staple of every healthy salad simply because they’re delicious and good for you, they can also dramatically transform your skin’s health and appearance.

Cucumbers pack a whole lot of punch, with ways to cool and soothe even the most irritated skin. Use cucumbers to relieve a sunburn, calm acne caused by over-production of sebum (oil), brighten your complexion, and even reduce wrinkles and trap moisture in your skin cells.

If you want to beat the heat this summer and still have sultry skin, look to the cucumber!

Cucumber Extracts Save Inflamed, Irritated Skin.

These antioxidants work wonders to reduce inflamed or irritated skin. Whether your skin is suffering from too much time in the sun and excess UV radiation, or just a little heat-irritation, cucumber compounds go to work instantly to calm the irritation, heal skin cell damage, and reduce wrinkles.

Cucumbers also contain small amounts of vitamin K, magnesium, potassium, and manganese, all vital nutrients for glowing summer skin.

Cucumbers to the Rescue for Tough Nights and Insomnia. 


Ever woken up with dark circles or puffy eyes and can’t figure out why? It’s caused by fluid build-up that happens due to lack of rest, diet, or alcohol consumption. Just one rough night caused by insomnia or poor-quality sleep can make you look tired, older than you are, and not at all your summer-fab self.

Not to worry. The natural ascorbic and caffeic acids in cucumbers help to reduce water retention. They also contain flavonoids called triterpenes and lignans that reduce inflammation.

Cucumbers Keep Skin Moisturized Without Causing Oily Build-Up.

The high moisture content and Vitamin B5 (beta-carotene) in cucumbers also make them a powerful humectant (skin moisturizer) without adding oil to skin that tends to be sweaty and oily in summer heat.

The B5 Vitamins in cucumbers also stabilize the skin’s outer barrier so that when you are active, the amount of water lost via your skin is reduced. B5 helps to increase the softness and elasticity of your skin as well as reduce skin irritation, itching and redness.

Cucumber Compounds are a Natural Skin Brightener.

The plant compounds in cucumber skins are a natural skin brightener that works by inhibiting tyrosinase. Tyrosinase is an enzyme that controls melanin production in your skin.

Tyrosinase is also present in many vegetables. You’ll see it in action in a peeled potato, as it inhibits the insides from immediately turning brown when exposed to air. If you have brown spots or hyper-pigmentation due to sun exposure, cucumber compounds can help to reduce their appearance.

Cucumbers Naturally Fight Acne and Break-Outs. 

And if that weren’t enough amazingness, cucumbers are also mildly astringent. If you seem to have acne break outs every time you hit the beach or go for a hike in the summer months, you’ll be happy to know that cucumbers can help to naturally clean skin, while also soothing it so you have the freshest face ever.

No matter how you plan to spend your summer, you can count on the plant extracts in cucumbers to help protect, moisturize, soothe, and brighten your complexion. With cucumber-power, you’ll stay cool, calm, and collected no matter where you’re headed.

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