Cucumbers, which belong to the melon and cantaloupe family, are one of the healthiest natural foods available. They are low in calories, contain about 95% water, and are rich in vitamins K, C, and B, flavonoids, and antioxidants. Including cucumbers in your diet every day provides you with numerous long-term health benefits. Not just that, the soothing veggie is also a favorite in beauty treatments for the skin and eyes. Cucumbers have mild skin-lightening properties and a cooling effect. When used on and around tired eyes, they prove to be a simple yet effective healing solution. Here are 5 eye problems that can be treated well with cucumbers.
Puffiness around the eyes is said to be the result of fluid retention, which is usually caused by insufficient water consumption. Cucumber is extremely effective for relieving this issue because it is abundant in water and antioxidants like vitamin C.1
Either place cool cucumber slices on each eye for 15 minutes or apply grated cucumber for this cooling veggie to have a relaxing effect on your eyes.
2. Dark Circles
Dark circles are usually the result of increased melanin production below the eyes as a reaction to factors like lack of sleep, poor nutrition, genetic conditions, injury, and excessive exposure to UV light.2 Cucumber works well to reduce such dark circles by lowering melanin levels and making the skin appear lighter.3
Either simply place cucumber slices on your eyes for 10–15 minutes or apply cucumber juice directly to the eyelids and skin around your eyes. Repeat till dark circles start to lighten.
In order to permanently reduce dark circles, allow your skin to become healthier by making changes in your diet and sleeping habits in addition to using cucumber.
3. Under-Eye Bags And Inflammation
Bags under the eyes are a combination of loose skin and swelling often caused by a buildup of lymphatic fluid, which usually results from binge drinking and aging. However, there could be other undiagnosed problems that may trigger this condition.4 Cucumber can offer a temporary solution to this problem because its cooling effect and anti-inflammatory properties can help drain the lymphatic fluid, decrease inflammation, and reduce the baggy appearance.
Make a paste with fresh cucumbers. You can also add herbs like lavender or chamomile to the paste if you wish. Apply the paste to the affected area and leave it on for 4–5 minutes.
If the under-eye bags last for while after trying this remedy, consult an eye specialist to check for an underlying problem.
Cucumbers are loaded with substances called antioxidants, which fight damaging free radicals and protect your skin from effects of aging like wrinkles.5 They hydrate and tighten your skin, preventing an early onset of crow’s feet – wrinkles that form on the outside corners of the eyes.
Make a juice from fresh cucumbers. Apply this juice generously on the affected areas of the skin. Continue till you notice visible changes.
Cucumber works well as a natural toner and can prevent the breakdown of the protein elastin, helping maintain the elasticity of your skin. Using cucumber regularly can support cell renewal and speed up the production of the protein collagen, which is crucial for skin strength and structure. As a result, your skin is less likely to be prone to cellulite – a condition that results in a dimpled skin appearance due to fat deposits under the skin.6
How To Use
Apply cucumber extracts regularly to the eyelids and skin around the eyes.
Start using cucumber to treat eye problems like these today. If you continue to experience painful symptoms without any relief for a while, get yourself checked by an eye specialist to rule out more serious issues.
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|↑2||Freitag, Fernanda Magagnin, and Tania Ferreira Cestari. “What causes dark circles under the eyes?.” Journal of cosmetic dermatology 6, no. 3 (2007): 211-215.|
|↑3||Akhtar, Naveed, Arshad Mehmood, Barkat Ali Khan, Tariq Mahmood, Haji Muhammad, Shoaib Khan, and Tariq Saeed. “Exploring cucumber extract for skin rejuvenation.” African Journal of Biotechnology 10, no. 7 (2011): 1206-1216.|
|↑4||Mirwat S. Sami, Soparkar, Charles N.S., Patrinely, James R., and Tower, Robert N. “Eyelid Edema.” Seminars in plastic surgery 21, no.1 (2007): 24-31.|
|↑5, ↑6||Nema, Neelesh K., Niladri Maity, B. Sarkar, and Pulok K. Mukherjee. “Cucumis sativus fruit-potential antioxidant, anti-hyaluronidase, and anti-elastase agent.” Archives of dermatological research 303, no. 4 (2011): 247-252.|