How To Use Cucumber For Skin Lightening
Have you ever been bothered with the thought of how to brighten your skin naturally, get rid of suntans (the darkening of skin color as a result of exposure to the sun), or spots left by acne and pimples?
Then this article presents you an effective, yet simple, affordable, and “no side effect” answer which can easily be accessed; cucumber.
Cucumber is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family, amongst many others including watermelon and bitter melon.
It provides nutrients that are low in calories and fat, high in protein, and fiber, and also contains vitamins and other essential elements like potassium and magnesium.
There are nearly a hundred species of cucumber, they include the English cucumbers, Snake or Armenian cucumbers, Japanese cucumbers, Kirby cucumbers (mostly used for pickles because of their thin skin and crispy nature), lemon cucumbers, Persian cucumbers, etc of which the English cucumber is the commonest in Nigeria.
NOTE the difference in various types may include form and taste but do not include their nutritional benefits. Whichever one is used for skin and health will yield the same results.
Cucumbers have a very mild refreshing taste when eaten, and a gentle soothing feel when applied directly on the skin. They are suitable for all skin types, especially for those with sensitive skin because of their lack of harsh ingredients.
It is no news that cucumber features in so many beauty products. This further stresses the fact that cucumber is a natural and definite solution for skin-related issues.
General uses of cucumber for the skin
- Cucumbers deliver nutrients like Vitamin C and caffeic acid, that helps lighten complexion
- Since 95% of cucumber is water, it aids hydration which essentially helps to rejuvenate the skin and make it glow.
- The presence of caffeic acid helps to alleviate sunburns and prevent them.
- Cucumbers help combat skin inflammation.
- It can be applied to soothe irritations, wounds, and burns, as well as fastening the healing process of the skin.
- It fights breakouts of acne without drying your skin and helps to remove acne spots.
- Helps to reduce puffed eyes and eye bags.
- It contains antioxidants that help to fight free radicals responsible for aging
Ways To Lighten Your Skin With Cucumber
Cucumber can be used to lighten the skin either by consuming regularly or applying directly to the skin.
Research has shown that daily consumption of cucumbers helps to boost the skin’s hydration, thereby reducing the rate at which the weather (intensive sunlight or excessive dry seasons) removes moisture from the skin.
Also because of its natural healing properties, it quickly helps to revitalize already sun-tanned skin to its natural state.
Procedure: Eat a medium-size cucumber each day for an average of 42 days.
You could make an affordable healthy snack out of it by eating whole, Or you could easily incorporate it into your meals in form of salads or desserts.
After peeling the green outer skin, cucumbers can be blended and mixed with other natural ingredients such as lemon extract, honey for an extra glow, and aloe vera, to form a paste that should be applied to the skin.
This helps to lighten the skin, soothe, and rid off existing acne spots and sunburns
Plain Sliced cucumbers
Cucumbers can be plainly sliced thin and laid evenly on the face or affected areas for 10-14 mins and then removed before rinsing with clean water. This helps in the hydration process which rejuvenates and lightens the skin.
Cucumbers can be pressed for just their juices and used.
Procedure: The juice can be extracted by using a juice extractor, or simply by blending and sieving the solid content away from the liquid.
Mix with lemon juice and use to gently wash the skin frequently in the morning and before bed at night.
Cucumber and egg whites face masks
Egg whites have astringent properties which help tighten your skin and reduce facial pores. A mixture of cucumber and egg whites will leave your skin feeling supple and fresh
Procedure: Blend a medium-sized cucumber, add to egg whites, include liquid milk if available, and apply on your skin. Leave for 20 minutes and rinse off after. Do this every night before bed.
Cucumber exfoliating scrub
You’ve probably wondered how cucumber can be made into a scrub, well here’s a DIY procedure for making an efficient scrub from cucumber.
Procedure: Blend a fresh cucumber to a pulp, scoop 3 full spoons of the blend, and add five teaspoons of store-bought granulated sugar, add a teaspoon of lemon or honey, and apply on the skin. Scrub gently around the skin and leave for 30 minutes before rinsing off.
This is an affordable way to exfoliate and lighten up your skin with a very minimal amount of money.
Cucumber is a refreshing and wholesome fruit that works wonders and has very little or no side effects at all. And if improving your skin naturally is on your bucket list, cucumbers could be your best bet, because not only does it lighten and improve your skin, it improves your health and lifestyle as well.
How To Use Cucumber For Skin Lightening