Cucumbers provide beneficial nutrients that are good for our skin. Whether your dealing with breakouts, a sunburn, or heat rash know that cucumbers will calm your skin on contact. This is due to the high antioxidant properties naturally present in the fruit. A unique amino acid gives its natural cooling effect. Any food rich in antioxidants has the power to reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases of the body.
Did you know that eating cucumbers is good for the breath? Take one slice of cucumber and place it at the roof of your mouth. Hold it there with your tongue for 1 minute. The fruit actually fights the odor causing bacteria present in our mouths!
Eating cucumbers can lead to balanced hydration, digestive regularity and lowered blood sugar levels. The high water content helps to detoxify the body, relieve constipation as well as keep the kidneys and brain healthy. Cucumbers have a very high amount of vitamin K, vitamin C including beneficial minerals like magnesium and potassium which all promote good skin health.
See the nutritional chart below to learn more of what this elongated fruit provides.
Hydrate Your Skin with Cucumber Water
The summer sun and air conditioned homes can cause our skin to become dry. Drinking water is the best way to hydrate. But did you know that cucumbers contain about 96% water? This means that a whole cucumber eaten is enough to meet your daily fluid needs!
Another method to effectively rehydrate your skin is to mist your face with chilled cucumber water. The pantothenic acid found in cucumbers helps the skin to hold onto the water which will keep it hydrated during the brutally hot summer months.
Increase Weight Loss with Cucumbers
Cucumbers are also known to help with weight loss. As a result of containing so much water they are naturally low in calories. For every one cup of cucumber there is only 16 calories. This means you can eat as much as you want and it won’t increase your waistline. Go crazy and add them to you sandwiches or salads.
Cool Cucumber Beauty Recipes
Cooling Cucumber Face Mask
Blend together one unpeeled cucumber and 1 Tbsp. of full fat Greek yogurt. Apply evenly to your face and chest were the breakouts or sunburns are. Leave it for 20 minutes and rinse. Its the combination of the cucumber and the fat content of the yogurt that help to reduce redness and heal the breakouts or sunburn.
Cucumber Water Mist
In a spray bottle combine half a cup of water, witch hazel and 1 Tbsp. of fresh cucumber juice. Chill in refrigerator until ready for use. Before using shake the bottle and mist your face for immediate relief.
Tring to stay cool and still look good is always a challenge during the summer. But thanks to these cucumber beauty recipes keeping cool can be a lot easier to do.
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