Cucumber beauty masterclass
If you thought placing two cool slices of cucumber on your eyes was the only way to beautify yourself with the vegetable, think again. The high water content food is popping up in everything from mascaras to perfume, adding a new dimension to your make-up. Check out how you too can be as cool as a cucumber.
It's great to include cucumber in your diet, as they're made up of 95 per cent water. This means it can cleanse your body and get rid of toxins. Cucumber is also packed full of antioxidant nutrients including vitamin C, beta-carotene, manganese and is high in vitamin K.
Using the raw vegetable in your beauty routine will also be beneficial, as it's a natural toner to help boost a dull and greasy complexion. It can also be used in a homemade facemask, mixing the juice with a few drops of lemon, pure sandalwood powder and earth powder (available at specialist health stores and websites). Apply evenly to face and neck, washing off after about 15 minutes to reveal glowing skin.
It's not just in its raw form that cucumber can be powerful, but also in countless beauty buys.
Rimmel have added cucumber extract along with vitamin E and B5 to its new Wake Me Up Mascara. The precision brush coats every single lash, lifting and lengthening to give you a wide awake and energised look.
Likewise Sanctuary Spa have turned to the refreshing properties of cucumber in its new Cooling range. Choose from Cooling Down Sorbet lotion, Cooling Shower Drench body wash or Cooling Glacial Scrub. All are infused with cucumber extract and menthol technology.
DKNY's classic fragrance Be Delicious Shine has been championing the fresh feel of cucumber since 2007. While the bottle may be apple shaped, there's a lot more that goes into this signature scent then just the crunchy fruit. Top notes of cucumber work well with grapefruit and magnolia, which also blend with apple, rose, violet and white amber.
Clinique's Smart Custom - Repair Serum targets fine lines and wrinkles, firms and lifts, reduces dark spots and skin tone and improves radiance and texture. To maintain skin moisture levels Clinique have added hyaluronic acid, barley extract, wheat germ extract and cucumber extract to the serum. Bobbi Brown's Extra Bright Advanced Moisture Cream also will make your complexion sparkle, with the help of its SuperCitrus Complex. The blend of cucumber extract, glycerin and sodium hyaluronate instantly helps skin look brighter and provide long-term hydration.