Cucumber’s COOL Benefits to the Body!
We’ve all seen the iconic images when one thinks of a facial: a girl with her hair wrapped in a towel with cucumbers over her eyes. Some may appreciate the relaxing concept of resting these sliced fruits over one’s eyes, while others may chuckle. But we’d bet you don’t even know all of the amazing benefits that cucumber offers the body!
- Good for the SKIN!
We love to learn the benefits of simple ingredients or foods for the skin here at MAC’s. Cucumber is made of 96% water, therefore it can give your skin the hydration of its dreams! It also has many other antioxidants and vitamin C. Cucumber is known to help lighten and revitalize the skin as well, reducing eye puffiness and dark circles! This is why it is so common to lay cucumber slices over the eye’s to hydrate to prevent aging as well as brighten and refresh the skin around your eyes! You can look up countless recipes and directions to make your own cucumber toners and masques at home which will help even your skin and tone, as well as brightening any darknesses you don’t want!
- Eye Health
Not only do cucumbers save the day for your skin around your eyes, but your actual eyeballs as well! Cucumber contains anti-inflammatory ingredients and antioxidants that help prevent cataracts, so eating these fruits regularly can aid in this!
- Reduced Risk of Cardiovascular Problems
Cucumber contains potassium and magnesium, which are notorious heart-helpers! These, as well as the lignin in cucumber can help your neurological function, blood pressure control, and prevent risks associated with cardiovascular disease.
- Prevents Certain Things Associated with Cancer
Drinking cucumber water regularly will help increase the body’s alkalinity which in turn will help keep your body’s pH levels at a good place, eliminating free radical cells associated with cancer. Eating or drinking cucumber can also reduce the risk of breast, ovarian, prostate, uterine, and lung cancer due to the flavonoids in it.
- Stronger Bones, Nails, Hair, and Teeth
Cucumber is an incredible ingredient when referring to hair care, as it can be made into a paste to hydrate dry, rough hair that is prone to breakage if applied to the hair and scalp. The caffeic and ascorbic acids in cucumber, as well as silica, help to strengthen ligaments, cartilage, tendons, and bones.
- Digestive Health
Not only is cucumber rich in water, but it is also rich in digestive enzymes and FIBER! This will help with digestion and overall digestive health. Cucumber and cucumber water can also raise the stomach’s pH levels, helping treat acid reflux symptoms.
- Fight Bad Breath
Eating cucumbers or placing slices in your mouth can help get rid of bacteria that cause bad odor in one’s breath. Cucumber can also eliminate the formation of microbes in the mouth which can contribute to bad breath as well as other oral and gum diseases.
These are only a few of the infinite amazing things cucumber will do to make your body healthier! We hope the powers of this fruit have inspired you to put a little extra in your salads, in your snacks, in your skincare, and anywhere else!
MAC’s Lash and Skin Studio