When it comes to dark circles, lines, and wrinkles around the eye area, what comes to the picture is somebody just like you relaxing with a slice of cucumber on their eyes. Right?! Well, We all know about cucumber and its effectiveness when it comes to skin care. However, cucumber´s magic is not limited to the eye area alone.
Do you notice those pesky fine lines that appear every time you squint your eyes? Those laugh lines remind you that you might be aging too fast. You question whether your skin has to succumb to the years going by. What can you do to get your skin to be firm and free or lines and wrinkles, you wonder!!
But gal, let’s face it; age is just a number and the pace at which you age is not only determined by your genes (as we thought). Epigenetics is a newer scientific field that suggests that your genes are influenced by your environment more than you ever thought.
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So what is environment?
Pollution and toxic chemicals in your skin and hair care products can be called your external environment while diet, stress, and sleep can be called your internal environment. So in a nutshell, stop playing into the thought that aging is inevitable. Yes, it is, but it can be delayed significantly.
Having a healthy skin does not only improve looks but also tells how healthy your body is. It goes beyond using good cosmetic products to achieve a perfect skin, taking in natural things to treat your body for a good skin is also necessary.
Today I will share a beauty remedy with you. I have the perfect solution for your skin that is all-natural and costs only a little more than nothing!
Cucumber and carrot have been found to offer great benefits for the body and skin. A blend of these vegetables will provide many benefits for the skin.
Benefits Of Cucumber For The Skin
Moisture and antioxidant properties
This simple ingredient is like a refreshing glass of Water for your skin. it is not just a salad staple, but given the right components mixed in, it can dramatically improve your skin´s appearance and overall health.
Made up of mostly water, cucumber is nutrient-rich not just for the body but also for your skin. Cucumber´s revitalizing and healing components are highly efficient in fading dark circles.
Its high water content and vitamin C content endow it with an excellent ability to protect your skin cells from oxidative stress and related early aging. It is able to raise the hydration levels to your skin and help the skin cells retain more moisture. This definitely helps your skin look plump and youthful.
The cooling and anti-inflammatory effect of cucumbers may help ease pain, redness, and irritation caused by sunburns, insect bites, and rashes.
Supports elastin and collagen
Did you know that as we age, our skin´s ability to produce elastin and collagen reduces significantly?
However, with adequate nourishment and support, this does not have to be the case. It is the free radical damage that promotes the rapid degradation of elastin and collagen. This could be due to the harsh chemicals in your skin care products, inadequate diet, and stress.
Cucumbers are rich in antioxidants like flavonoids, and b-carotene that fight the harmful effects of the sun, diet, harsh chemicals, and age-related antioxidant damage that can lead to lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Cucumbers are also a source of silica that is needed for the production of collagen.
Fights wrinkles by reducing inflammation
Cucumbers are very known for their cooling properties. This helps bring down inflammation caused due to many negative lifestyle habits.
Inflammation has been linked to many diseases and is thought to put a lot of stress on your body as a whole. Too much wear and tear due to high levels inflammation in the body can cause early aging by rapid degradation of your skin’s framework proteins. Using cooling ingredients like cucumber can be very helpful, therefore, to keep your skin firm and youthful.
Full of skin-friendly vitamins
While vitamins K and A in cucumbers can help fade under eye dark circles and dark spots, it is a pantothenic acid that might help your skin cells hold on to more hydration resulting in that youthful and dewy look that is so pleasing to the eye.
In my opinion, it is not any one component in cucumbers that helps keep your skin vital and ageless, but it is the mix of potent antioxidants, water, and vitamins that give it the cool anti-aging power.
Having a daily and weekly skin care routine made with high-quality natural ingredients like cucumber is not only a way to eliminate harsh chemicals from your beauty regimen, but it is also a highly effective way in which to provide added nourishment and support to your skin. Other notable ingredients to promote ageless skin include vitamin E oil, carrot juice etc. Or you can just include homemade carrot skin cream in your daily skincare routine.
Benefits Of Carrot For The Skin
Improves skin glow
Carrots are rich in carotenoids, mainly β-carotene and lycopene which display powerful antioxidant properties and are also responsible for the bright red and orange hues. These fight skin damage, reduce dark spots and holistically improve your skin health. Both consumption and topical application of carrot juice can help prevent dullness and enhance your skin glow.
Oxidative stress is probably one of the major reasons that causes premature skin aging. A rise in free radicals in your body can be the effect of psychological stress, sun exposure, pollution, unhealthy diet and lifestyle.
Carrots are a great source of natural antioxidants such as alpha and beta-carotene, anthocyanins and lycopene that help scavenge reactive oxygen species and prevent cell death and skin damage.
Also skin beneficial vitamins such as vitamins A, B and apigenin (flavone) present in carrots stimulate collagen production thus visibly reducing wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of aging.
Nourishes dry skin
Transepidermal moisture loss owing to a Vata dosha aggravation is one of the major causes of dry skin. Carrot is composed of about 88% water. Applying carrot juice or oil on your skin balances the Vata dosha and replenishes lost moisture thus preventing dryness.
Further the presence of carotene which is a precursor of vitamin A, helps rebuild the epidermal barrier and heal dry skin conditions.
Treats skin blemishes
Frequent sun exposure, hormonal fluctuations and inflammatory conditions can cause an overproduction of the melanin pigment resulting in dark spots and blemishes on your skin. Carrot is cherished for its high content of phenolic compounds, mainly chlorogenic acid.
Improves skin permeability barrier function
Corneocytes and stratum corneum lipids that form the epidermal barrier help maintain homeostasis and prevent the invasion of harmful microorganisms. However, age and environmental factors can lead to its depletion making your skin more vulnerable to infections.
Topical application of apigenin, a natural flavone present in carrots, improves permeability barrier function of your skin. It stimulates differentiation of epidermal cells, lipid production and generation of cutaneous antimicrobial peptides thus overall improving your skin health.
Things You Need To Make Cucumber And Carrot Skin Cream
- 1 cucumber (I used half of it)
- 1 carrot
- vitamin E oil (a few drops)
- 2 tablespoons Aloe vera gel
- mixing spoon
- mixing bowl
- blender or food processor
How To Make The Cream
Step 1: Rinsing cucumber and carrot with baking soda and water.
Even vegetables and fruits you peel should be washed before prepping or eating to ensure that chemical residue and dirt are removed. However, you should only wash your produce just before you plan to use it. The moisture from washing, when left on the veggies, can harbor bacteria and cause your products to go bad faster.
Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and warm water or wear gloves. Your hands could have germs and dirt on them, so it’s best to begin by cleaning yourself.
If you’re using your kitchen sink to soak your produce, wash and sanitize it first.
Fill the bowl with cold water, leaving room to add the produce without the water spilling over the edge (if it does though that’s fine, simply get a cloth and clean it).
Submerge the produce in the baking soda water.
You can use a soft-bristle vegetable brush to scrub the surface. lightly rub them with your fingers. The scrubbing helps to remove the loosened dirt and softened wax and chemicals.
Remove the produce from the water and let it dry thoroughly before cutting. You can also try layering paper towels to soak up moisture.
Step 2: Cut cucumber and carrot
There is no need to peel the cucumbers: simply cut your cucumber in slices with a peeler.
Lay the cucumber horizontally onto your cutting board. Create cucumber medallions by slicing through the length of the cucumber to create cucumber medallions.
Hold your knife properly and grip your knife handle with your middle, ring, and pinkie finger on the knife handle and your thumb and forefinger on the sides of the blade to steady your cut. Hold on to the cucumber with your opposite hand. Grip it lightly with your fingertips curled into it.
Make careful cuts by starting with the knife handle up and the knife point resting on the cucumber in the place where you want to make your first cut. Push the knife forward and down into each cut.
Next, start with trimming your carrot. Peel your carrots and cut them into strips using either a peeler or a slicer. You can use the carrot peels too. I used a knife to prepare mine but feel free to use what you have at home.
Step 3: Blend cucumber and carrot all together
Feed the cucumber slices and carrot into the juice/container alternating between hard and soft pieces to help the juicer extract the most juice.
If you don’t have a juicer, you can use a blender to make the juice. Combine the ingredients and don´t add any water. Blend on high and then strain the juicer through a strainer.
Strain the mixture until you get enough juice for your remedy.
Step 4: Adding aloe vera gel
I use aloe vera gel in my homemade skincare products because it works really great for my skin. You can use shea butter, baby gel if you don’t want to use aloe vera gel.
Get a clean bowl and add 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel .
Pour 3-4 teaspoons of your blended cucumber and carrot juice into the bowl.
Mix using a spoon or use a whisk to combine all ingredients to make the cream.
Step 5: Adding vitamin E oil
Add a few drops of vitamin E oil into the mixture.
Why vitamin E? Vitamin E oil´s potential benefits derive from two key features: Its antioxidant properties, which could fight inflammation and slow the effects of free radicals, and its moisturizing properties.
Vitamin E is found in many moisturizers, and the oil may be used as a moisturizer to prevent or treat dry, flaking skin.
Vitamin E may alleviate the dryness, itching, and flaking associated with eczema, or atopic dermatitis.
Step 6: Final step
Getting your final homemade remedy ready to be used is so satisfying. This is the point where I get so excited and wanting to share my recipes with you guys!
Transfer your cream to airtight container and store away from direct sunlight. This cream will last you 14 days but you can as well add some preservative for it to stay longer than that.
Get the preservative online
How To Use The Cream
Wash your face with warm water, let it dry or use a clean paper towel to pat dry your face.
Use a toner to tone your face because applying the cream. Toner infuses skin with nutrients, balances pH, brightens tone, minimizes the appearance of enlarged pores, and boosts hydration. It helps pull out deeply rooted makeup residue, dead skin cells, and grime from the skin´s pores. This way, it helps make the absorption of other skin care products easy.
Apply your cream by massaging your face gently.
You are good to go. Yay!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, cucumber is useful to apply it on your face daily unless you have allergic reactions to it. You can also apply it as a face mask, place cucumber slices on the eyes to reduce puffiness, or simply rub it on the skin to prevent skin aging and increase the glow of your skin.
Cucumber has skin-repairing and moisturising capabilities, which are useful for treating acne scars. Cut a cucumber and put the slices on your face for around 20-30 minutes. Then wash your face. You can do this 3-5 times a week.
The high level of beta-carotene acts as an antioxidant to cell damage done to the body through regular metabolism. It helps slows down the aging of cells, dryness to the skin, hair and nails. Vitamin A prevents premature wrinkling, acne, dry skin, pigmentation, blemishes, and uneven skin tone.