Maybe it’s the relentless heat wave but I’ve been reaching for cucumbers all summer. Diced and for lemony quinoa tabouleh. Dipped in hummus. Sliced and served with mint and basil as a spa-inspired ice water. Stirred in seedless, English spears with Hendrick’s gin & tonics. And of course, applied liberally as a cooling beauty treatment.
Although best known for their eye-depuffing capabilities, cukes can also be used to remedy on of summer’s biggest pitfalls: sunburn. Cucumber extract contains ascot acid and civic acid, which prevent water retention, helping to soothe the skin and reduce inflammation. Even if you’re religious with sunblock, the heat wave we’ve been having all season can still take its toll on your skin. When I feel zapped and dehydrated after a day at the lake or pulling seemingly never-ending weeds out of my garden, I’ve been whipping up this super easy DIY masque from spa authority June Jacobs. With only two ingredients that usually happen to be in my fridge, it’s convenient to make and exceptionally nourishing.
REVIVING CUCUMBER ALMOND MASQUE (For all skin types)
1/2 cucumber, peeled
1 T. almond butter
Combine in a blender and then apply to cleansed face and neck. Leave on for 5-10 minutes and rinse off with warm water. Apply chilled cucumber slices to the eyes while the mask is on the face to help with puffing under the eye area.
If you’re not the do-it-yourself kind, try Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Facial Mask ($15). Organic cucumbers, aloe vera and Dead Sea minerals hydrate and skin while spirulina calms irritation. I like to leave it on as long as possible, then tissue off any excess before applying my usual moisturizer.