The crisp coolness of cucumbers makes them ideal for adding flavor to water, but these vitamin-rich veggies are good for your skin, too. Whatever your skin type, whip up a homemade cucumber facial mask to give your mug a spa treatment right from home.
Things You'll Need
Slice up half of a cucumber into thin slices. Leave the peel on the cucumber, as this is where many of the vitamins and nutrients are contained. Put the sliced cucumbers into a blender.
Add three to five drops of peppermint oil. Pulse the blender a few times to chop up the cucumber.
Add 1 tablespoon each of aloe vera juice and plain yogurt. Blend all of the ingredients in the blender for a minute or two until the mixture is smooth.
Stir the mixture with a spoon to check for thickness. Add flour, one teaspoon at a time, and blend until the mixture becomes a paste-like consistency that will stay on your skin. One to two teaspoons of flour will likely be enough to create a paste, depending on how much moisture is in the cucumber.
Wash and rinse your face as usual. Massage the cucumber mixture all over your face and neck. Apply the mixture to the area under the eyes, but avoid getting it directly into your eyes.
Leave the facial mask on for 15 minutes. Rinse your face with warm water to remove the mask. Do a second rinse with cold water to close up the pores and pat your face dry with a soft hand towel.
If you don’t want to break out the blender, slice a cucumber into thin slices and dip one side of the slices in honey. Lie down and place the slices, honey side down, onto your face. You can even apply cucumbers over your eyes, but skip the honey on this part of the face to avoid irritation. Leave the cucumbers on your face for 15 minutes before removing them and washing your face with warm water.
References and ResourcesMochi Magazine: Make Your Own Natural Facial Masks
The Dr. Oz Show: Lea Michele's Cucumber Face Mask
Organic Authority: 7 All-Natural Cooling Homemade Face Mask Recipes
Women's Health: Make Your Own Facials