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Soothe Your Skin with Cucumbers

cucumbers for facials

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.

Cucumber Nutritional Facts

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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How to Look Younger Overnight

Look younger while you sleep seems too easy to be true. We all know that a good nights rest can do wonders for our skin by reducing wrinkles and cutting the risk of age related health problems. It can even help our body overall to function correctly. By incorporating simple effective overnight treatments, you can wake up looking years younger each and every day. Try one or more of the following anti-aging secrets for your skin to look the best.

1. Wash Your Face

Have you ever gone to sleep with makeup on your face? Or have you been working hard outside and was so tired you forgot to wash your face? Forgetting to wash make up off your face at night or omit washing your face altogether, the clogged pores can actually cause your face to look aged by a decade! In order to avoid looking much older than you are remember to wash your face morning and night. Use cold water in the morning to wake up your facial features and warm water at night to relax your face.

2. Eat an Orange before sleeping

In order to look younger overnight, eat one orange or take a vitamin C supplement. It is the potent antioxidant present in oranges that helps your body build collagen. Collagen is what gives the skin its wrinkle free appearance by increasing the firmness. I wouldn’t recommend drinking orange juice as an alternative to eating an orange or takin the supplements simply because it is loaded with too much sugar.

3. Drink More Water to Look Younger

Did you know that the most effective way to look younger is to drink more water? Water helps the skin to retain plumpness and elasticity. Without plenty of water our skin would become very dry, full of fine lines, wrinkles and result in sagging skin. Not only does water help us to look good it also flushes out toxins and other harmful bacteria that cause acne, rashes and other skin problems. If you want you can eat your water from natural sources such as cucumbers, grapefruit, spinach or watermelon.

4. Get More Hours of Sleep

One of the biggest secrets to look younger is to get more than seven hours of sleep per night. This way you can effectively reduce your odds of forming wrinkles and age spots. When we don’t get enough rest per night it shows immediately in our face. Symptoms include swollen eyes, dark circles under eyes, more wrinkles and tired eyes. When we skimp on getting more than seven hours of sleep, inflammation that causes stress hormones increases, which wreaks havoc on the skin. It is during sleep that important internal and epidermal recovery takes place. Sleep increases blood flow, helping collagen repair from UV exposure.

5. Sleep on Satin Pillow cases to Look Younger

Sleeping on a rough cotton surface can dry out your face causing flakiness, rashes and dull skin. Using a satin or silk pillow case will allow your skin to retain moisture through the night and reduce frizz in the hair. Lying down on your side can cause redness and inflammation to show on your face. Do you notice deepen wrinkles on the sides of your face? This would be due to exclusively sleeping on either side at night. To avoid or reduce this effect try sleeping on your back more often or double up on pillows to increase inflammation drainage while you sleep. This will help you to wake up less puffy and more refreshed in the mornings.

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