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Cucumber

Beauty Benefits of Cucumber for eyes,hair and skin

Cucumber is a widely cultivated plant and also the oldest cultivated crops. It  belongs to the same botanical family as melons and squashes. It is very low in calories and rich in fiber,so makes a perfect diet food. According to World Health Food “Cucumbers are a valuable source of conventional antioxidant nutrients including vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese.” It also has a high amount of vitamin K. Cucumber peels are rich in dietary fiber that helps reduce constipation. We would have enjoyed cucumbers in fruit and vegetables salads, but do you know that it has lot of beauty benefits for eyes, hair and skin and is also a popular ingredient in many skincare products.

Cucumber

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1.Cucumber in your diet– Beauty begins from inside. Cucumbers are 95%water, is a natural coolant and  helps in keeping the body hydrated. Because of the high water content, they help in cleansing the system of toxins. So it is good to include them in our diet in the form of salads, cucumber buttermilk, cucumber raita etc.

2.Cucumber is a natural toner, has cooling properties and helps to improve a dull greasy complexion.  It is used as an astringent to cleanse the skin. Grade or puree cucumber in a blender,sieve and extract the juice. Apply the juice all over your face and neck, leave it for 30 minutes and rinse well with cold water. It also helps in cleansing the pores.

3.Cucumber is a great ingredient for lightening the skin. It is a natural bleach. Mix 3 parts of cucumber juice with one part of lemon juice and apply this mixture all over the face and neck leaving the eyes and lips. Leave it on for 15 minutes and wash off with cold water. Use this face pack  regularly for best results.

4.Cucumber Yogurt Hydrating mask for dry skin-Cucumber juice mixed with equal quantity of  natural yogurt heals sunburn and also hydrates dry skin. It prevents blackheads and dryness.

5.Cucumber juice mixed with equal quantity of raw milk  helps in soothing sun burnt skin.

6.Cucumber for glowing skin – Make a face pack with cucumber juice, few drops of lemon juice, pure sandalwood powder and fuller’s earth powder. Apply it on your face and neck. Rinse it off after 15 minutes for a  youthful and glowing complexion. This pack helps oily skin and also lightens freckles.

7.If you suffer from oily skin, rubbing cucumber slices on the face helps remove extra oil from the skin.

8.Cucumber anti tan mask – Mix  2 tbsp of powdered oats with  2 tsp of  plain yogurt and 2 tsp of  cucumber juice . Apply it on your face and rinse it off after 15 minutes.  It not only helps remove tan but also improves the texture of the skin.

9.A pack make of  equal quantity of cucumber juice, lemon juice and mint juice can help to reduce pimple marks or scars. Application of fresh cucumber juice can reduce freckles.

10.Cucumber anti wrinkle mask– Mix together 2 tbsp of  cucumber juice, little egg white and a tsp of lemon juice, apply all over your face and rinse it off after 15-20 minutes to keep wrinkles at bay.

Cucumber for eyes

11.If you are suffering from puffy eyes,  place cucumber slice on closed eyes and relax for 15 minutes. It helps reduce water retention and puffiness of eyes.

12.Applying cucumber juice helps to get rid of dark circles around the eyes.

Cucumber for hair

13.The high silicon and sulphur content in cucumber juice promotes hair growth. Apply cucumber juice to your scalp, leave it for 15-20 minutes and wash it off with a good shampoo or shikkai.

When you make your own beauty packs at home, you can be sure that you have used only all natural ingredients and they are cost effective. Go ahead and use this humble vegetable in your beauty regime!!!

Summer Skin Care Tips

Summer is here and one has to take special care of the skin to protect it from the heat and humidity. Summer also brings with it a host of skin problems. Some common problems in summer are prickly heat, fungal infections, body odor, sun tan and sunburn. People with oily skin tend to suffer a lot as the oil glands becomes more active. Some people suffer from dryness of skin due to loss of moisture. Most of these problems can be dealt with these cool summer skincare tips.

The first and the most important thing is to drink lot of water to beat the summer heat. Our body loses a lot of moisture in summer which needs to be replenished constantly. So it is important to include water, fruit juices, tender coconut water, butter milk, lemon juice to keep our skin hydrated, refreshed and cool. Include fruits that are widely available in summer. Fruits like watermelon, palm fruit, cucumber are excellent coolers. Stay away from aerated drinks, caffeine as they are not good for the skin.

Have bath in cool water twice a day to prevent body odor. Find more  tips to get rid of body odor.

Try to avoid going out between 11 am-3 pm when the sun rays are very strong. Use a coloured umbrella or a wide brimmed hat and wear sun glasses, if you cannot avoid going out at that time. Also don’t forget to apply sun screen lotion. Remember over exposure to sun leads to problems like blistering, sunburn, drying, aging and tanning.

Use sunscreen lotion when you are outdoors. Apply sun screen half an hour before exposure to sun. Choose a good brand sunscreen and follow the instructions on the pack.

Avoid heavy make up in summer. Stick to light and simple make up. When it comes to make up products, look for water based products. Choose water proof eyeliners to prevent smudging. Use oil free moisturizers that contains sunscreen.

Prickly heat

When excessive sweating clogs the pores and blocks sweat glands, heat rash or prickly heat develops. Here are a few natural remedies to cure prickly heat.

Apply coconut water or palm fruit (nongu) water on the rashes.

Mix multani mutti with rose water and apply regularly for a week to cure prickly heat.

Calamine lotion also works well for prickly heat.

Take a tender palm fruit and apply it on the rashes. Do this for a week to cure prickly heat.

Mouth ulcers

Boil cabbage in water and drink that water once a day to heal mouth ulcers in summer.

Chew manathakkali leaves (Black nightshade) in such a way, that the juice of the leaves should come in contact with the ulcer.

Consult your dentist and take required treatment if it is severe.

Fungal infection

Have a cool shower twice a day to refresh your skin. Dry your skin well.

Avoid wearing shoes in summer. Choose footwear or open sandals that will allow air circulation.

Wear loose cotton clothes in summer. Avoid tight jeans and tight fitting blouses.

Consult your Dermatologist and take required treatment for fungal infections.

Natural Remedies

Rose water has natural cooling properties and is an excellent toner. Dip cotton in chilled rose water and wipe your skin with it to keep it fresh.

Take cucumber juice and watermelon juice in equal quantity and apply on face. Cool it in the refrigerator before use.

Homemade face pack for summer 

Blend a small piece of watermelon and  muskmelon (kirni palam) and apply it on the face. Wash after 20 minutes.

Blend cucumber and a little chilled fat free curd and apply it on the face to get rid of tan and to keep the skin fresh.

Mix gram flour with plain yogurt (curd) and apply it on the face. Wash after 20 minutes with cool water.

Pamper yourself with these home made face mask.

Protecting our skin from the sun should be an essential part of our daily skin care routine. Have a nice summer!