Cucumber is found all year long, but its season is from April to September. They are rich in water, vitamin E and oils, being a wonderful adjuvant for any skin problems. All you need to do is use them in your face masks and don’t worry: they’re very efficient for every skin type! Also, it’s a precious ally for an enviable figure and for the detoxification cures.

Find out more about cucumbers, benefits, uses, and qualities of this vegetable next and read about some recipes that will help you to judge the true value.

How to treat skin problems with Cucumbers:

Many women are nowadays considering the cucumber benefits and not only. If you think that these vegetables may not be the right thing for you, there are other amazing natural remedies, so don’t run off the door to buy chemical products. Use cucumber if you’re suffering from:

  • Sunburns and dermatitis;

  • Acne – cucumbers will reduce sebum production and diminish blackheads, which means that your skin will also look a lot younger;
  • Rosacea, because it reduces skin inflammation and it prevents rashes;

  • Aside from cleansing the skin, the cucumber will provide a really nice sensation and help you regain your energy. If you regularly apply a cucumber paste on your face, you’ll get rid of freckles and pimples.

  • Dried skin – thanks to the amount of water and vitamin E it contains, cucumber will help moisturize your skin.

How to prepare natural masks based on cucumber?

Cleansing lotion with Cucumbers:

In order to obtain a cucumber cleansing lotion, take two fresh cucumbers, wash and peel them. Chop them into fine pieces and add boiling water. Wait until the composition cooled off and strain. Use the lotion right from the refrigerator before going to bed. Apply it with a cotton disk on your skin and rub it in until there are no impurities left on.
Argyle and cucumber mask.

Another skin mask is the one obtained from five slices of cucumber, a tablespoon of olive oil, a tablespoon of argyle powder and three tablespoons of face cream. Mix all these ingredients in a bowl and let the composition rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. When the time is up, apply this paste on your face and leave it on for 20 minutes. Remember to wash it off with lukewarm water and repeat this procedure at least twice a week.

Face mask with Olive Oil and Cucumbers:

If your skin is dried, cucumbers are a very efficient method through which you can moisturize your skin, so prepare a tonic lotion using 2 or 3 cucumbers. Chop them, add boiling water and a cup of olive oil. When the composition reaches the room’s temperature, strain and pour it in a glass bottle. Soak a cotton disk in this solution and tampon your face with it every night before going to bed.
Cleansing mask with cucumbers and yogurt

Here’s what you need: a cucumber, a tablespoon of powdered milk, two tablespoons of plain yogurt and an egg white. Wash and peel the cucumber and then smash it using a blender. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until you obtain a creamy paste. Apply the resulting composition on your face and leave it on for 20 minutes. You can wash it off with cold water or remove it with a hot towel.
Face mask with cucumbers and eggs

To prepare this mask, you need a cucumber, an egg white, a tablespoon of lemon juice and a drop of jojoba oil. Put all these ingredients in a blender and, when the mixture turns into a foamy cream, place it in the refrigerator. After half an hour, apply it on your face and let it work for about 20 minutes.

At the end of this process, wash the mask off with lukewarm water and use a good moisturizer if you have dry skin. If there’s any paste left, you can keep it in the refrigerator, but make sure you prepare a new one every two or three days.

If you’re dealing with skin problems, you don’t need to spend all your money on cosmetic products.

There are 3 types of cucumbers:

  • Traditional cucumber is dumpy and covered with small roughness. Grows in any garden.

  • Long Cucumber, Dutch, is straight, has smooth skin and without that bitter taste and is found in any supermarket. The way it’s grown keeps it safe from predators and diseases and allows the limitation of treatment products.

  • Mini-cucumber is mainly used for picnics, for pickles.

Cucumber is ideal for silhouette has few calories, being one of the vegetables with the lowest number of calories: 10 calories per 100 grams. It contains fibers, minerals, and water-soluble vitamins hen the nutritional density proves to be very interesting. It is a real plus for a weight loss diet and a generally healthy diet.

Cucumber has many vitamins: vitamin B, vitamin C and even a bit of vitamin E. These vitamins are found in abundance in its skin, hence the interest to consume as much cucumber.

Cucumber is rich in water, it provides potassium and some sodium (3mg), giving it drained and diuretic virtues. Cucumber juice taken on an empty stomach has depurative properties.

What should you know about cucumber?

In dermatology, cucumber is considered to have good calming effects, because of the specific organic acids and alpha hydracids. Cucumber is used usually in the form of cataplasm or lotion, to fight red spots, itching, and scab.

Today’s cucumber is much less bitter. Selection allowed the development of some less bitter species. Therefore we can consume without peeling it and benefit from the minerals, vitamins and the crispy part.

Avoid keeping cucumbers near fruits, especially apples, because they release ethylene, which contributes to increasing the bitterness of the cucumber.

To limit the digestive irritations associated with the consumption of fiber in large amounts, it is preferable to eat little cucumbers. These have the least pits and pulp is much unripe. If you want to take out the pits you must cut it along its length and remove the center with a teaspoon.

We can reduce the intake of fiber by complete peeling of the cucumber. You must remember, however, that the skin contains the majority of vitamins and minerals. Do not forget to wash it thoroughly.

Here are some recipes with cucumber, that will enrich your collection;

Cucumber Salad with Peppers:

STARTING GUIDE

  • Prep Time: 20 mins

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Dutch Cucumber
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 1 Green Pepper

  • 1 Bunch of Fresh Coriander

  • 1 Can of Corn Beans

  • Juice of one Lemon

  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

  • Salt and Pepper

GUIDE / INSTRUCTIONS

  • Wash all vegetables and herbs.

  • The cucumber is peeled and cut lengthwise, then into small pieces.

  • Remove seeds from peppers and cut lengthwise.

  • Wash the corn beans and cut them as small as you can.

  • Mix in a salad bowl and add the lemon juice, oil, salt, and pepper.

  • Sprinkle chopped coriander.

Oven Cucumber:

STARTING GUIDE

  • Preparation time: 20 minutes (for 4 people)

  • Cooling time: 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Firm Cucumbers
  • 2 Eggs
  • One Slice of fresh Goat Cheese

  • 2 Tablespoons of Chopped Basil

  • 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil

  • Salt and Pepper

GUIDE / INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 220 degrees.

  • Wash cucumbers and cut them lengthwise and remove seeds with a spoon.

  • Crush the cheese in a bowl and mix with eggs.

  • Add Basil and Olive Oil.

  • Add salt and pepper on the cucumbers, then add the goat cheese mixture.

  • Keep it in the oven for 10 minutes. Serve as an aperitif.

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