We associate cucumber slices on the eyes with relaxation and beauty. This is a typical image from an American film in which the main character does a home spa or goes to a professional salon. What is so special about the cucumber?
Cucumber contains many vitamins and minerals essential for our functioning. It contains thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6 and vitamin C (a great antioxidant, which has a protective effect on the skin) and minerals – calcium and magnesium, which are responsible for various functions of the body, including healthy vision. All this makes cucumber considered one of the most effective ingredients for eye care.
What benefits can cucumber compresses provide?
Cucumber thanks to its remarkable properties:
- has a cooling effect on the skin
- moisturizes the eyes and the area around them
- reduces redness
- rests tired eyes
- improves the appearance of the skin around the eyes
- reduces bags and shadows under the eyes thanks to the high content of vitamin K
- reduces inflammation
- reduces swelling
- soothes irritations
- reduces under-eye wrinkles and stimulates collagen production
- helps to treat sunburn (for example around sunglasses)
- brightens the complexion
- influences the release of toxins from the pores and cleanses the skin like a tonic
How to use cucumber face packs?
Thoroughly wash and pat dry your face to keep it clean and fresh. Chill the cucumber in the refrigerator. Then wash it, cut off the end and cut two slices, each about 1 centimeter thick. You may want to remove the peel to minimize the risk of any agricultural chemicals, such as pesticides, or possible soil and sand particles getting into your eyes.
Lay down in a comfortable position. Close your eyes and place a cucumber slice over each eye. If you are using cucumbers as an additive to a mask, apply the mask to your face first and then the cucumber slices to your eyes. Relax. You can also do this treatment while taking a bath in the tub.
If the cucumbers become warm, you can flip them over to the other side, which should still be cool. Do not repeat this step more than once, dirty slices can cause an eye infection.
Remove the slices after about 15 minutes. This time is enough to have a salutary effect on your eyes and their surroundings.
If you specifically want to remove dark circles and bags under your eyes, you can also make a spot mask. Grind a few slices of chilled cucumber and then combine it with coconut oil and a little honey. Mix well until you get the consistency of a paste. Gently apply the mask under your eyes. Leave it on for about 10-15 minutes and then remove with a damp cloth.
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