Cool Cucumber – More Than Just An Addition To Your Salad


Last week we talked about why leaving make-up on overnight was bad for your skin and I mentioned one of Jules of the Earth’s many great products, her All In One Facial Cleanser and Make-up Remover. It has a lot of great natural ingredients, one of which is cucumber.

Also known by its Latin name, cucumis sativus, our garden cucumber has a long history that began in India, where a variety have been cultivated for at least 3,000 years. Its believed that the cucumber was introduced to other areas by the Greeks and Romans, and there are records that show the cultivation of cucumbers in France during the 19th century, England by the 14th century and North America by the mid 16th century.

Today the cucumber is used in a variety of health and beauty products for its soothing, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It offers many benefits to our skin, hair and diet.

Skin Benefits

  • Revitalises Skin – Facial masks that contain cucumber help tighten the skin.

  • Skin Tanning Reversal – Due to its mild astringent properties, cucumber can act as a mild bleach that evens the skin tone and gives the skin a youthful glow.

  • Helps Puffy Eyes – Placing cucumber slices over the eyes can help relieve tired puffy bags. The ascorbic acid and caffeic acid work to lower water retention, which diminishes the puffiness and swelling around the eyes.

  • Soothes Sunburned Skin – Applying puréed cucumber to sunburned skin can instantly cool it and bring relief by drawing latent heat out of the body.

  • Skin Rejuvenator – one of the most common uses for cucumber on the skin is to rejuvenate it. The mild astringent properties and water in cucumber help improve the complexion and give the skin a natural glow.

  • Helps Bumps And Pores – Used as a toner, cucumber can help shrink pores and its ability to absorb heat helps heat bumps that you can sometimes get on your legs.

  • Cellulite Fighter – The phytochemicals found in cucumber help in the production of collagen, which is the fibre-like protein responsible for skin elasticity, helping to remove cellulite.

  • Reduces Dark Circles – Cucumber has an abundance of silica and antioxidants that helps to fade dark circles that appear under tired eyes. It comforts the blood vessels around the eyes, temporarily adding a bit of brightness.

  • Good For Blemishes – The anti-inflammatory properties found in cucumber can sooth the skin and blemishes that have become inflamed.

  • Eye Wrinkle Reducer – cucumber has natural moisturising properties which us great for the thin skin around our eyes. By placing cold slices of cucumber over the eyes it hydrates the skin, which in turn works to reduce wrinkles and lines around the eye area. Its one of the best moisturisers for the eye area.

Hair Benefits

  • Helps Control Hair Fall – Applying cucumber juice to the hair and scalp can held in the reduction of hair loss because it contains sulphur, silicon, phosphorus, sodium and calcium, nutrients our hair needs most for healthy hair growth.

  • Natural Shine – The silica in cucumber helps condition the hair and smooth the cuticle, allowing hair to shine.

So there’s a lot more to our humble garden variety cucumber than we thought. This is what makes it a great addition to Jules of the Earth’s All In One Facial Cleanser And Make-up Remover!


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