The Humble Cucumber
As I was getting ready for work one morning recently, I was drawn to the television by a doctor on the news, discussing ways to keep the skin hydrated during the winter months. He said that cucumbers are natural moisturizer. I was fascinated because when I was a child my mother would peel cucumbers and tell me to rub the peel on my face. She would tell me that she learned as a little girl that cucumber juice would keep the face soft and wrinkle free.
Out of curiosity, I decided to do a little research about the benefits of using cucumbers as part of a skin care regimen. Evidently, cucumbers do have properties that fight inflammation and aging. They can be used as an astringent to clean your face. It can help tone the skin on your neck as well. Cucumbers can soothe sunburn because of its high water content.
It is beneficial for the skin around the eyes too. Placing cucumber slices on your eyes can reduce the dark circles under your eyes. Ascorbic acid and caffeic acid in slices on the eyes can reduce puffiness.
As it turned out, Mother was right. I’ve had many people tell me that I look much younger than my years. When I’ve inquired as to why, I am usually told that I appear younger because I have so few wrinkles.
So the next time you are at the grocery store, pick up a cucumber or two. It can be an inexpensive and natural alternative to skin care products that may or may not be as beneficial.