Cucumber for beauty and health

Cucumbers have a very high water content of around 96% and are excellent body rehydrators. It contains ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) and caffeic acid, fiber, along with minerals like silica, potassium and magnesium. One should eat lots of it, especially in summer. A widely cultivated vegetable in India, it has a cooling and refreshing effect on the body. This nature’s cool customer is also a beauty enhancer.

Cucumber for preventing pimples & blackheads
Grated cucumber, applied over the face and neck for 15 to 20 minutes, works as an excellent tonic. Regular usage prevents pimples, blackheads and dryness of face.
Cucumber to enliven a dull complexion
Add a dash of lime juice and rose water to cucumber juice and apply it over the facial skin to brighten a dull & greasy complexion.
Cucumber for a glowing skin
A lotion of equal quantities of cucumber juice and milk with a few drops of rose water, applied on the face for 15 to 20 minutes, will keep sensitive skin soft and glowing. This lotion also has a mild bleaching effect.
Cucumber to remove dark circles
Add 1 tsp cucumber juice to 1 tsp potato juice. Apply this to the skin around your eyes very gently, taking care not to pull or stretch it. Then relax for 15 minutes. This is quite effective in removing the dark circles under the eyes.
Cucumber as a toner
Mix the juice extracted from cucumber, lemon, and orange with equal volumes of rosewater, glycerin and honey. This could them be applied to the skin to tone it and to promote its youthfulness and health.
Cucumber for hair growth
Drinking a mixture of cucumber juice and that of carrot regularly stimulates hair growth. The high content of silicon and sulphur in cucumber juice nourishes the hair, nails and skin.
Cucumber to minimize hair damage caused by swimming
Swimming in a pool with chlorinated water can cause much damage to your hair also. Try this treatment to keep chlorine damage to the minimum. Blend together 1 egg, 3-4 tbsp worth of olive oil and 1 quarter peeled cucumber. Spread evenly through your hair, leave on for 10 minutes, and then thoroughly rinse.
Cucumber to cure blemishes
Intake of cucumber juice as well as applying a mixture of equal quantities of cucumber juice, rosewater and 70% alcohol is effective in curing disfiguring black spots and blemishes, especially caused by mosquito & other insect bites.
Cucmber yoghurt face mask
Refer the post Cucumber and yoghurt face pack
Cucumber for sore throats
Gargling with fresh cucumber juice several times daily serves as a soothing, cooling and healing remedy for painful sore throats.
Cucumber as a laxative
Cucumber juice exhibits mild laxative and diuretic activities, also a valuable food medicine for hyperacidity of the stomach. It clears the bowels and increases the flow of urine.
Cucumber for puffy, tired eyes
When the eyes are subjected to overstrain, like being exposed to strong fumes or dusty atmosphere, very bright light & prolonged use of contact lenses - the eyes often become swollen, itchy and painful. Applying a simple eye pad using slices of cucumber over the eyelids and lying down in quiet and preferably dark room will bring a quick & healing relief.
Cucumber for weight loss
Cucumber being very high in minerals and low in calorific value, it is highly valued for weight reduction. So those who wish to reduce weight can bite into a juicy cucumber, whenever they feel a pang of hunger, instead of munching any other junk food. A liberal intake of the juice is particularly helpful to diabetic patients who are overweight.
Cucumber in dieting
A mono-dieting consisting exclusively of cucumber or an occasional fasting using cucumber juice will ensure the cleanliness of the internal system - which is absolutely essential for good health.
Cucumber to increase your fiber intake
Adding a cool cucumber to your salads is a good way to increase your fiber intake, as it is loaded with fiber and lots of extra fluid needed while consuming more fiber.
Cucumber for rheumatics
Cucumber juice is also beneficial in the treatment of rheumatic conditions.

See also: Know your skin type / Simple ways of acquiring a clear & blemish free skin / Lemon as a beauty aid / Milk for health & beauty / Buttermilk for beauty / Aloe vera, the wonder herb / Hand and Nail Care / Beauty Masks for a glowing complexion

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  2. Anonymous2:54 PM

    Sounds like something I might try.


  3. Anonymous10:33 PM

    but for health?? :( body? calories

  4. Anonymous5:23 PM

    Hummm I know that when you lay cucumber slices on your eyes it reduces puffiness.

  5. Anonymous5:25 PM

    cucumber is supposed to be a natural stress reliever. I love them on my eyes! They not only smell really good, they offer a cooling sensation, too!

  6. Anonymous5:26 PM

    Yes! It's hydrating! If you grate it and mix it with some avocado and green tea, you can make an awesome hydrating face mask.

  7. Anonymous9:21 AM

    I love to eat cucumbers. I also put it when I got eyebags coz it gives a refreshing feeling and after that I'll eat it hehehehe.

  8. Nandan9:31 AM

    Nice blog.Ya cucumber is a very useful fruit.It will be a good habit if we take it daily with our lunch.Thanks for the other tips.

  9. Namitha8:37 AM

    Cucumber is excellent for your skin and wrinkles, as well as sunburns. You probably saw a picture of a lady having two cucumber slices over her eyes. That’s because it is a nature’s perfect moisturizer that rivals to many expensive creams you buy at a department store

  10. Sachin9:35 AM

    Cucumber & Cucumber Extract - A natural source for antioxidants, calcium, potassium, vitamin B1 and Vitamin C, all of which are wonderful in treating skin eruptions, eczema, pimples, black heads, wrinkles, dryness of face etc. Cucumber is also known to soften, soothe and tone the skin. Great for facial care

  11. Sowmya4:22 PM

    Cucumber is one of the most effective ingredients to cleanse and exfoliate the face. Cucumber is great for the skin because it's a light, natural vegetable with rejuvenating vitamins.

  12. Manav9:58 AM

    Cucumber - Known for its astringent and soothing properties it is an ingredient often found in facial creams, lotions, and cleansers. It can also be used as an anti-inflammatory agent (slices placed over puffy eyes can reduce swelling).

  13. Ichcha10:05 AM

    Cucumber juice - A juice with moisture binding, soothing and tightening properties.

  14. Mix one tablespoon each of cucumber juice and milk and a few drops of rose water. Apply on the face and neck. Remove after 15 minutes. Makes excellent whitener for delicate skins.

  15. Smriti8:36 AM

    Grate or blend a cucumber. Apply this over the face, eyes and neck for 15 to 20 minutes. It is a great tonic for the facial skin. Regular use of cucumber prevents pimples, blackheads, wrinkles, and dryness of the face.

  16. Grate a potato with its peel and apply on your closed eyelids for about 20 minutes and relax completely. You may even take a nap.

  17. Chitra9:25 AM

    Apply a grated cucumber over the eyes and face and leave for 20 minutes.It is a great tonic for the facial skin.Regular use of cucumber prevents pimples,blackheads,wrinkles,& dryness of the face.A cucumber lotion of 1sp of cucumber juice & milk with a few drops of rose water is an excellent whitening agent for the skin & leaves your skin glowing.

  18. Padma9:44 AM

    Adequate fluid intake is probably the last thing you would think about when trying to manage your weight. Your body is close to 70% water and if you are even slightly dehydrated then your body will secrete a hormone (aldosterone) causing water and salt retention.So if you are trying to lose weight stay hydrated!

  19. unknown9:10 AM

    cucumber seed oil infused skin and naturally curly hair care products will make your skin beautiful, and your hair so healthy that everyone will be desperate to know your beauty secrets.

  20. Soudarya9:12 AM

    cucumbers are an incredibly healthy addition to any balanced diet, clear out your intestines and best of all, taste deliciously refreshing.

  21. Anonymous9:18 AM

    cucumbers are full of lots of nutritious goodies, of course. The yummy hidden treats in cucumbers include- Vitamin C, Antioxidants,Anti-inflammatory properties, Potassium, Silica, Magnesium, Fluorine, Sodium, Chlorine
    All mixed together, these natural properties work at reviving your natural beauty, in both your skin and your natural hair.

  22. Narasimha4:01 PM

    Cucumber is one of the easiest and refreshing treatments used for the treatment of acne and to refreshen up the skin. It makes our skin feel looking young. Blend the cucumber into a paste and apply it on the affected area. Leave it for 30 to 45 minutes and then wash it off.

  23. The high water content of cucumber juice drink also makes it a great way to hydrate your body and keep your skin healthy

  24. Subhas12:41 PM

    I love cucumbers! I was wondering, if I eat three cucumbers with the skin daily, would I get the necessary nutrients as having it in juice form?

  25. Surajrani1:41 PM

    Its magnesium content relaxes nerves and muscles and keeps blood circulating smoothly.
    The thin cucumber skin is rich in fibre and contains a variety of beneficial minerals especially silica, potassium and magnesium.

  26. Diana1:42 PM

    the dietary fibres regulate cholesterol level and support bowel regularity.
    Potassium promotes flexibility in muscles and regulates blood pressure.

  27. Panchami11:03 AM

    Cucumber slices have long been associated with spa facials. In fact, eating these green beauties are among the greatest beauty tips as they are inexpensive. They have diuretic properties, helping to ease monthly bloating, they also are high in water content which helps nourish the skin, helping to avoid wrinkles.

  28. Cucumber provides many benefits
    -It hydrates eyes
    -Can be used to whiten skin
    -Combats against oil
    -Helps to prevent acne
    -Soothes sunburn
    You can apply cucumber juice onto your face, drink it in a juice, or eat it chopped up to get the benefits

  29. Jyothi10:16 AM

    slices of cucumber on your eyes are great for tiredness or puffy eyes. Just put one thin slice on each eye and lie down for about ten minutes

  30. Siddharth10:32 AM

    cucumber juice is good for your whole body!!! The cucumber is a super hydrating vegetable and great for adding moisture to the skin.Girl if you keep drinking cucumber juice you'll never feel dehydrated again and your skin will be super healthy!!! Just cut up some cucumber, oranges, 2 1/2 teaspoon of sugar, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, pop it in the blender and then PRESTO! a delicious/nutritious hydrating body drink!!!!

  31. Piyush9:32 AM

    Just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

  32. Anonymous9:33 AM

    Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath. The phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

  33. Avika8:47 AM

    What great idea's for cucumbers. I knew about the eye puffiness but the others for facial masks are good as well. The bath with fresh peppermint and cukes is great , I have fresh peppermint growing in my yard. Thanks for all the cool idea's.

  34. Romila8:50 AM

    Cucumber is so useful that I never know before. Thank you!

  35. Susan8:52 AM

    here's another use. If you have ants coming into your kitchen, lay a row of cucumber peels along their path. They'll leave.

  36. Cucumbers’ skin left in corners keeps away cockroach

  37. Karan9:18 AM

    Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

  38. Kaivalya8:30 AM

    Add in 2 cups of Epsom salt, 1 sliced cucumber, a handful of tom peppermint leaves to a bath and enjoy a soft, relaxing, summery soak.

  39. Rachana8:31 AM

    Blend 1 egg, 1 tbsp olive oil, and 1/4 peeled cucumber. Spread evenly through your hair, leave on for 10 minutes and then rinse. Continue monthly for best results.

  40. Prachi8:47 AM

    Slices of cucumber placed on the eye area can reduce puffiness. I have used this often and it is really soothing and it smells great. Give it a try the next time you need to relax... puffiness or no puffiness.

  41. Subhas8:58 AM

    It decrease puffy eyes.When fresh slices are placed over your eyes, this can help to decrease water retention, thereby reducing puffiness overall.

  42. Dhanya11:17 AM

    This veggie may not have much nutritional value, but it serves as a natural diuretic, helping to increase urination and the flushing out of toxins from the body. Cucumbers are rich in sulfur and silicon to stimulate the kidneys into better removal of uric acid. Because cukes are low in both sodium and calories, they're also a favored vegetable in most diet plans.

  43. Jagesh10:24 AM

    Cucumber cools our body and is very good for those who want to lose weight. They work as astringents, cooling and brightening agents of the skin. It can be used in natural face packs also.

  44. Prachi9:37 AM

    Cucumber juice's potassium enhances cellular cleansing.

  45. Anonymous3:58 PM

    awsome info keep up da gud wrk

  46. Sinchana3:46 PM

    Cucumber is a natural toner that lightens the skin. Cucumber juice is used as an astringent to cleanse the skin. Graded cucumber applied over the face and neck prevents pimples, blackheads and dryness. It has cooling properties.

    Cucumber anti-tan pack:
    Mix cucumber paste with fuller's earth(multani mitti) and lemon juice and apply to the skin. It is a wonderful soother, lightens freckles and an excellent anti-tan pack.


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