When nearing the weekend, one of the most relaxing things you can do to amp up your self-care regimen during your time off is to just relax with a couple of cucumber slices under your eyes right? Although this may sound tempting and is also extremely beneficial for your eyes, cucumbers can actually be used as a facial mask that can benefit more than just your windows to the soul.
Cucumbers have been a staple in every salad and detox water recipes for the simple reasons that they’re extremely hydrating and good for your body. But you don’t have to eat an endless supply to reap the benefits, you can use it by itself or with other ingredients to get its wrinkle-fighting and skin-soothing qualities.
Cucumbers are excellent for the skin because they are full of antioxidants, loaded with anti-inflammatory properties and contain essential nutrients like vitamin A, B1, C, biotin and potassium that all work together to improve skin health. Not to mention that cucumbers also brighten, hydrate and tone an uneven skin tone.
This may sound like a lot that cucumbers can do for your skin, but this is only the tip of the iceberg. By knowing what you now know about cucumbers thus far, wouldn’t you want to make a facial mask that can deliver the same benefits?
DIY Cucumber Facial Mask
This facial mask is perfect for the fall season. Since the weather is cold and dry, your skin is going to need some hydration in order to make it through the fall. With ingredients like aloe vera and Greek yogurt, they work together to help reduce fine lines and minimize wrinkles while promoting a flawless complexion.
What’s even better about this recipe is that it’s extremely inexpensive and you can find most of these items at your local supermarket.
- 1 cup of Greek yogurt
- 1/2 small cucumber peeled and sliced
- 2 tablespoons of aloe vera
- 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil
- With a mortar and pestle, mash together the cucumber slices until you make a thick paste.
- Pour the cucumbers into a small bowl and add the aloe vera gel and mix together.
- After the mixture is blended, add in the Greek yogurt and vitamin E oil and mix once more.
- There you have it, your very own hydrating cucumber mask.
Leave the mask on for about 30 minutes to an hour so you can relax and read one of your favorite books. Rinse the mask off with warm water and apply your favorite moisturizing cream. Make sure you store your mask in the refrigerator and since all these ingredients are all natural and free of preservatives, make sure you use it within seven days to prevent it from spoiling.
Recipe inspired by The Kreative Life.