Here are 8 reasons why you need to start incorporating cucumber into your body care routine.
1. Hydration boost!
The high-water content and the presence of certain vitamins and minerals make cucumber an essential part of skincare. Cucumbers have the same pH as the skin, so they help restore its protective acid mantle. They also possess nourishing properties and as they’re made of 96 percent water – which means hydration, hydration, hydration – are a must for plump, glowing skin!
2. Powerful exfoliant!
The citric acid in cucumber is a gentle but powerful, natural exfoliant and is the magic ingredient in the Abundant Natural Health Magnesium range. It’s the secret to our formulation and the reason why our range is so effective. The acids in the cucumber hydrate and exfoliate the skin, enabling our organic Magnesium to penetrate the skin and get into the bloodstream, where it gets to work more quickly.
3. Skincare savior!
This super versatile vegetable has multiple skincare benefits; the ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and caffeic acid in cucumber prevent water retention, making it a great choice for swollen, puffy eyes; it is a natural bleaching agent, which can have skin whitening effects, making it useful for reducing dark spots; the astringent properties in cucumbers draw out dirt and cleanse the pores to help deal with nasty breakouts and the presence of manganese and potassium also firms and tightens the skin, reducing signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. A great all-rounder!
4. Healthy hair, teeth and nails!
Cucumber is packed with essential nutrients like potassium, calcium, sulphur and silicon, which play a vital role in healthy hair growth and helps to promote strong hair, nails and skin too. Cucumber also helps to keep your breath fresh and your gums healthy – could this vegetable be more versatile?
5. Soothe burns & irritation!
Cucumber extract applied topically is helpful for burns, dermatitis and skin inflammation. They are cooling and loaded with lots of nutrients like potassium, sulphate and vitamins A and C, which can bring relief from skin irritations caused by sunburn or windburn. The ascorbic acid and caffeic acid help soothe skin irritation - and can be helpful for conditions such as dermatitis - and the flavonoids and antioxidants decrease swelling, redness and irritation. This is the reason why we add organic cucumber extract to our Salt Soothing Gel, the perfect solution for eczema and psoriasis sufferers. The citric acid in combination with the highly concentrated salt gently exfoliates, stimulates healthy cell regeneration and provides relief for irritated skin conditions.
6. Anti-inflammatory properties!
Cucumber also provides antioxidant benefits, helping fight free radicals and increasing overall antioxidant capacity. It accomplishes this task by inhibiting activity of pro-inflammatory enzymes like COX-2, and by preventing overproduction of nitric oxide to reduce inflammation.
7. Body & Mind!
It’s also packed with nutrients like Magnesium, potassium, vitamins A, B1, and C, and biotin; carbohydrates, proteins, fibres, vitamins ( A, B1, B2, B6, C, D, E), macro nutrients like Na, K, Ca and micro nutrients such as Cu, Ze, Fe. A shopping list of all the elements necessary for a healthy body and mind! It has an impressive array of health benefits including reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, healthy weight management, detoxifying the body, supporting eye health, alkalizing the blood, supporting digestion, controlling blood sugar level, maintaining adequate blood pressure and supporting bones.
8. A prevention as well as a cure!
Finally, cucumbers contain a hormone needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin so has various lipid–lowering and anti-diabetic properties. They are also low in purines and high in water so play an important role in fighting gout!
If you’d like to see our organic cucumber in action in our Magnesium and Salt range, head on over to the Shop today!