Cucumber For Puffy Eyes

One of the best known beauty hacks is to put cucumbers on your eyes to get rid of dark circles and puffy skin. Many people swear by this remedy, and the evidence for using cucumbers on eyes is more than anecdotal.

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The key is in the unique hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties of a cucumber.

Scientific Proof

Studies have shown that the juice of the cucumber can reduce swellingsoothe damaged skin, and stimulate antioxidant activity.

The cooling effect of the cucumber juice can also give skin a refreshed look and feel. Cucumbers are rich in vitamin C and folic acid. Vitamin C can “wake skin up” and stimulate new cell growth, while folic acid stimulates antioxidants that help your skin fight environmental toxins that can make eyes appear puffy or tired.

With it’s high water content, cucumbers can also moisturize the under eye area. One clinical trial indicated that cucumber juice is an effective ingredient in products to prevent wrinkles because it helps restore skin’s natural elasticity.

Much of this evidence is based on what we know about the contents of cucumber, and the fact that people have been relying on it for centuries as a way to heal and hydrate the skin underneath the eyes.

However there are multiple causes of under-eye inflammation and circles, and it’s possible that some people will respond better to this treatment than others.  While rare, these symptoms could be an indicator of another health condition that should be diagnosed and treated.

How to use it

Make sure to have chilled cucumbers on hand in the refrigerator. Start with clean, dry skin.

Chop one end of the cucumber and discard. Then cut two slices off the cucumber, about half an inch thick. It’s important that it’s not too thin. You may want to peel the cucumber as it could contain pesticides that you don’t want near your eyes.

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In a reclining position, place one cucumber slice over each eye and relax for approx. 15 minutes while the cucumber’s natural acids soak into your skin. If one side of the cucumber becomes warm against your face, flip it over and enjoy the cooling sensation all over again.

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