Sliced cucumbers are commonly placed on the eyes during facial treatments. While it’s appearance may look a bit strange there are actually multiple benefits to use of cucumbers in your skin care routine. Cucumbers themselves are fruits from the gourd family. They are rich in vitamins and minerals that possess several benefits to the skins appearance and overall health.
“Cucumber comprises many essential vitamins and minerals, enough to give you your daily dose of goodness. It contains Thiamine, riboflavin, Vitamin B6 and minerals like calcium and magnesium, which are responsible for various body functions, including healthy vision. It is considered as one of the most effective beauty ingredient for taking care of the eyes.”Cucumber Slices for the Eyes: 5 Ways it Can Help You – Smriti Agarwal, NDTV Food
How do cucumbers benefit the skin?
Cucumbers are commonly attributed to the soothing of swelling under the eyes. Cucumbers are rich in vitamin C (ascorbic acid) a weak organic acid. The ascorbic acid and caffeic acid in cucumbers helps to reduce water retention in the eyes.
Caffeic acid, despite it’s name is not related to caffeine. It is in fact a micro-nutrient known to possess antioxidant properties.
Cucumbers are also high in vitamin E and potassium which helps to reduce fine lines. These nutrients act as an anti wrinkle treatment, helping the appearance of aging.
Cucumbers can also help cellulite
Cellulite is a fat deposit beneath the skin.The main symptom is the appearance of lumpy, dimpled flesh on the thighs, hips, buttocks, and belly.
Cucumber juice contains phytochemicals that aid in the production of collagen. Collagen is an abundant protein secreted mainly by connective tissue cells. The initial secretion from the cells is called procollagen. The fiber like protein is responsible for skin elasticity and removes cellulite.
Collagen strengthens connective tissue. In the scope of reducing cellulite, collagen is able to smooth the dimpled appearance of cellulite. It is not necessarily reducing the fat as much as it is dispersing the fat throughout the skin evenly by strengthening the skin that was contorted by the cellulite.
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