Cucumbers are one of the best summer foods. This amazing vegetable is refreshing, tasty and healthy and it goes great with other vegetables in fresh garden salads. In some countries they even sell it on the street, just peeled and salted, as an amazing and healthy snack.
Cucumber nutrition and benefits
It is almost a common knowledge that cucumbers are 90 percent water. Thanks to this unusual feature, cucumbers are an ideal summer food that prevents dehydration. Because of their high water content, cucumbers help purify and detoxify the body in an all-natural way. They are also good diuretics, which is helpful for people who suffer from edema and water retention.
Cucumbers are a great source of many essential vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and calcium.
They have an anti-inflammatory and astringent properties and they are low in calories and fat-free, which makes them suitable for those who are on a diet plan.
Cucumber for skin
Cucumbers are an essential part of any home beauty treatment. Their main role is to provide moisture, refresh and soothe the skin. Putting a few slices of cucumber to the tired and dull skin the morning after a wild night out is sure to pep it up and bring back the glow.
The fact is that cucumbers have the same pH level as the human skin. This is important because, thanks to that feature, they help restore the skin’s natural acid mantle without irritating it.
Cucumbers are the most popular remedy for dark circles around the eyes. The antioxidants and silica in cucumbers lighten and rejuvenate the skin and they are all-natural, unlike most of the expensive eye-creams and lotions. For best results a cucumber should be refrigerated before slicing it and placing it on the eyes.
In addition, the cucumbers contain ascorbic acid, which helps with water retention and expels excessive fluids from puffy skin around the eyes.
Cucumbers can even be effective against freckles. Of course, freckles are cute in kids, but they are actually a form of damage caused by the sun and they sometimes look very unattractive in adults. Cucumbers can lighten and brighten the skin and discoloration marks on it.
Sunburns are the usual consequence of fun time at the beach and they can be very painful and problematic. Cucumbers can help here too. They replenish the moisture lost due to overexposure to sun, cool the skin and rejuvenate it.
A great skin toner can be achieved with a few slices of cucumber, a couple of drops of lemon juice, some aloe vera gel and honey. This mixture opens up the pores and leaves the skin radiant and soft.
One sliced and deseeded cucumber, five fresh mint leaves and one egg white, all mixed together in a blender and applied to the face make an amazing mask that leaves the skin softer, more glowing, cleaner and cooled down.