The following recipes call for organic cucumbers. Besides being sprayed with pesticides, conventional cucumbers are coated with wax, which may contain synthetic chemicals that you probably don’t want on your skin—let alone in your body. Organic cucumbers, especially the ones you can buy at your local farmers market, are free of pesticides and wax. In lieu of organic, peel conventional cucumbers to cut down on unwanted wax and chemicals
- 1 unpeeled organic cucumber, grated
- Plain, unsweetened yogurt
Place cucumber in a bowl, and add just enough yogurt to form a paste. Wet face with warm water, and apply cucumber cleanser, in gentle circular motions, over entire face. Rinse with warm water, and pat dry. If desired, allow to remain on skin for 15 minutes before rinsing off. Store any leftovers in a tightly-sealed container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Cucumber Mask for Sensitive Skin
Cucumbers contain nutrients like vitamin C and caffeic acid, which help soothe the skin and can reduce swelling.
- 1 unpeeled organic cucumber, chopped into large chunks
- 2 Tablespoons plain, unsweetened yogurt
- 1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast (available in the bulk foods section of your local natural food grocery)
- 1 Tablespoon rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon honey
Blend cucumber and yogurt in a blender until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients blend just until mixed. Apply to clean face and leave on skin for up to 20 minutes. Rinse well with warm water.
Aloe Vera Gel
Although the juice and gel of aloe vera can be consumed, aloe vera is not usually considered a food. But the gel of this desert plant is a super-beneficial substance, especially for sun-exposed skin. You don’t have to buy bottles of aloe from the store, though. The plant itself is hydrating, healing, and very easy to use. Simply buy a small aloe vera plant, keep it in a sunny window, and water it when it gets dry. After you cleanse your skin in the evening, break off a small piece of the plant, open it up to find the gel, and pat it onto your skin.
Remember that no matter how nourishing and revitalizing these homemade skin care products are for your skin, nothing can completely undo the damage of too much sun, so always wear sunscreen when you’re going outsideCucumber Cleanser for Dry Skin