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8 Cucumber Face Mask List – DIY Recipe Included

Pollution, UV rays and other environmental factors can bring in a gamut of problems for your skin that can make your skin look dull, tired and parched. To ensure that your skin stays healthy and looks its best, despite going through n number of unavoidable environmental factors, you should follow a daily skincare routine customized according to your skin type and also pamper your skin with natural face masks weekly. In the end, good skin requires some efforts, Right?

However, We do understand that it is not always possible for people to take out time from their busy lives and visit spas or salons for weekly facial treatments. That’s why, with this post, we are bringing you easy and effective DIY face masks recipes that you can make with cucumber and other natural ingredients from your kitchen. Keep on reading this post to know more about the skin benefits that can be derived from cucumber and check out the top 8 cucumber face mask recipes.

Benefits of Cucumber for skin:

It is full of hydrating properties for the skin: Dry and parched skin no more!  It is a well-known fact that cucumber boasts 96% water content with which, it deeply hydrates the skin and restores moisture into it. To ensure that you derive the maximum benefits out of cucumber for your skin, try to consume cucumber juice frequently whilst also using it topically. After all, good skin begins in the gut and cucumber juice maintains the gut health very well.

It calms puffy eyes: Waking up with puffy eyes just before an important event is not fun for sure! Fret not, just two slices of cucumber is all you need to shoo away the puffiness around your eyes in minutes! Cucumber contains ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and caffeic acid that prevent water retention in the body, thus reducing swelling or puffiness. Furthermore, these two acids can also reduce the appearance of acne bumps.

It treats sunburns and painful skin inflammations: The line “as cool as cucumbers” was probably coined because of its ability to provide a cooling effect to the skin and healing skin inflammations faster. The research on “phytochemical and therapeutic potential of cucumber” also confirms that cucumber can alleviate the pain of sunburns during summer, making it an instant remedy for them.

It fades away dark circles: Packed with collagen boosting silica, cucumber banishes dark circles around the eyes while also reducing the appearance of under-eye bags and crow’s feet. In the medical world, owing to its nickname – “the bone mender”, Silica is known for strengthening and repairing the bone health. Its properties for the skin, on the other hand, are not any less awesome! Silica in the skin, promotes collagen production, helping your skin to maintain its elasticity and stay firm. It repairs broken capillaries, therefore, reducing the appearance of spider veins gradually.

8 DIY Cucumber Face Mask 

1. Cucumber & Potato Juice Face Mask

Potato Cucucmber face mask

The topical use of cucumbers for deriving its skin benefits is very common, especially in the Asian continent. But not a lot of people know about this another regular kitchen ingredient (and quite a versatile one!) which possesses magical powers to lighten up your dark spots and give you a flawless skin! The ingredient that we are going gaga over is potato.

Here is an easy cucumber face mask recipe which you can make with cucumber juice and potato juice.

You will need:

  • 2 tablespoons of peeled cucumber juice
  • 1 tablespoon of Potato Juice

Benefits of this face mask:

Potato contains various skin-benefiting enzymes, one of them being the catecholase enzyme which is lauded for fighting off an array of skin-complexion related issues like redness, dark spots, tanning, post-acne scars, etc,. This is all possible with the presence of catecholase enzyme in the potato that brightens up the skin complexion.  You can use this mask before applying makeup and moisturizer. Not to forget, for a better result, use this mask as a scrub.

2. Cucumber & Neem Leaves Face Mask

Before you spend your $$ on dermatologist appointments to get your recurring acne treated, try out this much-praised natural antibacterial ingredient – Neem to treat them!

Wash with water and make a mixture of both with a blender till it looks like puree.

 

 

 

You will need:

  • 2 tablespoons of Cucumber Juice
  • 1 tablespoon of Neem Leaves paste or juice (In USA, You can buy Neem Juice Capsules)

Benefits of this face mask:

The “sacred gift” of mother nature, neem, can help your skin in more ways than you can imagine.

Neem is a natural antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory ingredient that banishes acne. Nimbidin, Azadirachtin and Nimbinin in neem are the three compounds responsible for the antibacterial activity which kills the acne-causing bacteria, thus preventing as well as treating any pre-existing acne on the skin. It can cure various other skin diseases as well, e.g. psoriasis, warts, ringworms, etc.

Neem contains very potent compounds which means, it is a better idea to use it by diluting it with a hydrating medium (like cucumber juice) rather than putting it directly onto your skin. It may dry out your skin if you do so. Make this DIY more hydrating with a tablespoon of fresh aloe vera gel! Aloe vera gel tighten the skin.

3. Cucumber & Yoghurt Face Mask

Whip up this quick face mask recipe whenever you feel that your skin needs a little extra love! This yogurt and cucumber juice face mask recipe is highly recommended for those who are looking for an intensive remedy to hydrate their dry and flaky skin. The combination of these two ingredients are equally nourishing and hydrating for the skin along with some additional benefits that you can read about below!

 

You will need:

  • 2 tablespoons of Cucumber Juice
  • 1 tablespoon of yogurt

Benefits of this face mask:

Besides being a natural skin exfoliator and hydrating agent, Yoghurt is also rich in lactic acid. So as a bonus, yogurt can naturally remove tan, cleanse dark spots, and post-acne marks on the skin. On top of that, the lactic acid in yogurt is scientifically proven in this research to be an effective agent for improving skin hydration and reducing wrinkles.

You can store this mask for a day in the refrigerator. Perhaps, the cold mask makes the mood little relief.

4. Cucumber & Tomato Face Mask

Environmental conditions in the present times can steal your skin’s natural glow and white tone. With this two ingredients face mask recipe, you can add a healthy luster back into your skin! This works great in winter season.

 

 

 

 

You will need:

  • 2 tablespoons of cucumber juice
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato puree.

Benefits of this face mask:

Tomato is an ultimate glow-booster ingredient for the skin with the presence of high Vitamin A, C and potassium content in it. Using this cucumber and tomato face mask on your skin, you can get a radiant complexion with ease. Tomatoes have special carotenoid lycopene which protects your skin from the adverse effects instigated by UV rays emitted by the sun.

P.S.: Since this DIY recipe would be more on the runny side, you can use a cotton ball to apply it on your skin.

Source: https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/96/5/1179S/4577133

If you like this recipe, then you might also want to check out our other post with some more awesome tomato face mask recipes.

5. Cucumber & Honey Face Mask

Want to give your skin a TLC with one of the most multi-tasking ingredients out there from nature? Honey should be your pick!

 

 

 

 

You will need:

  • 2 tablespoons of Cucumber Juice
  • 1 tablespoon of Honey (preferably manuka honey)

Benefits of this face mask:

Blended together, cucucmber and honey can fix for all your skin issues such as inflammation!

Honey, aside from being a very hydrating agent, works as an acne-fighting agent on the skin with the help of antibacterial properties in it. Being chock full with antioxidants, honey is also proven to slow down the aging process of the skin and maintain its youthfulness. And while we are talking about honey, we cannot help but mention this lesser known variant of honey which is more potent for the skin than normal honey. It is none other than manuka honey.

Manuka honey is believed to be a mighty fighter against acne due to the two strong antimicrobials – hydrogen peroxide and methylglyoxal present in it.

Bonus tip: put a teaspoon of cinnamon powder to this DIY and make it more powerful for fighting off acne!

6. Cucumber & Lemon Juice Face Mask

A dash of lemon juice makes everything taste better!

Similarly, adding lemon juice to your skincare recipes can make it 10 times more effective. So here is one with cucumber juice!

 

 

 

You will need:

  • 2 tablespoons of Cucumber Juice
  • 1 tablespoon of Lemon Juice

Benefits of this face mask:

This zesty fruit is filled to the brim with vitamin B, C, folic acid and a lot of other components that serve as natural cleansers for the skin. It is used as a skin lightening agent in various expensive skincare products.

If you want a clearer and toned skin, dilute a tablespoon of lemon juice with cucumber juice and apply it to your skin with a cotton ball. Its skin cleansing and lightening properties would deliver a brighter complexion while its astringent properties will make your skin appear toned by shrinking open pores.

7. Cucumber Juice Sheet Mask

Your at-home skin pampering session gets easier with this sheet mask recipe! You can make your very own DIY sheet masks at home in just a snap of fingers using toffee sheet masks (known as compressed sheet mask) that are readily available in the market. Or, you may also use a few pieces of round cotton pads in case you are not able to find the toffee sheet mask.

 

 

You will need:

  • 2/4th cup of Cucumber Juice
  • 1 toffee sheet mask or round cotton pads

Benefits of this face mask:

Sheet masks are loved for their convenience and practicality. For the days when your skin demands some pampering and you are feeling too lazy to brew a magical concoction with multiple ingredients, just plop this DIY cucumber juice sheet mask on your face! It will provide you with all the benefits that cucumber has in store for your skin.

To this DIY, you can also add a couple of drops of your favourite essential oil.

8. Cucumber & Papaya Face Mask

This refreshing face mask will make you forget about all the remedies that you might have tried for your skin earlier!

 

 

 

 

You will need:

  • 2-3 tablespoons of Cucumber Juice
  • 3-4 cubes of Papaya (mashed)

Benefits of this face mask:

The cell renewal process or as many call it, the cell turnover process sometimes results in clogged pores that further aggravate acne and blackheads. It is a quite common issue for those with oily and acne prone skin. This issue can only be prevented with proper exfoliation of the skin on a regular basis as exfoliation helps to slough off the dead skin cells and unclog the pores.

There are many kitchen ingredients like sugar, baking soda, coffee powder, etc, that have the apt gritty texture which can exfoliate the skin. But if you are looking for something more gentle, you can go with papaya!

Papaya contains a proteolytic enzyme that carry significant appearance benefits for the skin. They can be labeled as natural skin exfoliators – sans the grittiness part!

Dipti Tiwari

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