6 Must Know Beauty Benefits Of Cucumber For Skin Lightening

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We all know the friendly neighbourhood veggie with loads of water content. Now get to know the benefits of cucumber for skin.

The saying ‘cool as a cucumber’ is spot on. Cucumbers are indeed known to cool the body and are considered to be packed with health benefits. But cucumber like many other veggies and fruits is not just for eating. You can drink cucumber juice for skin that is healthy and beautiful, or apply it on your skin directly and watch it work its magic.

6 Essential Benefits Of Cucumber:

  1. Cucumber is made of 96 percent water. That spells hydration, hydration and hydration.
  2. Water is not all that cucumber contains. It also has other nutrients like magnesium and potassium.
  3. It is great for the heat generated by the body and when the temperatures soar.
  4. It is good for detoxifying, and also makes regular appearances in weight loss diets.
  5. Beauty benefits extend to healthy gums and fresh breath, sparkling eyes without the bags, dark circles and puffiness, and beautiful skin owing to the nutrients it contains like biotin, vitamins A, B1 and C, and potassium.
  6. And we are just getting started because cucumber also helps the overall health of the body in many ways and improve heart health, brains, and are good for diabetics.

Now, why is cucumber used as a beauty aid? Cucumber can help in lightening and revitalizing skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties can help deal with nasty skin break outs too.

5 Simple Steps To Make Cucumber Face Toner:

  • You can make a cucumber toner by mixing cucumber juice with juice from a lemon.
  • To make the cucumber juice, you can begin by scraping the skin off, finely slicing the cucumber, and blending it with water.
  • A sieve can be used to separate the mushy cucumber from its juice.
  • The final product can be stored in the refrigerator. You can store it in a spray bottle and spritz it on your skin in hot weather.
  • It is refreshing. Other ingredients that you can use in the toner instead of lemon juice are green tea or a herb like mint.

Cucumber can also be used as a facial mask. The juice of cucumber or pureed cucumber can be used directly on your skin to remove tan or to relieve sunburn.  A simple combination of pureed cucumber can be mixed with yoghurt to treat blemishes. This is good for dry skin.

5 Step Cucumber Face Mask For Dry Skin:

  • You can create a mask and exfoliator by mixing pureed cucumber with powdered oatmeal and honey. You could add a small amount of Brewer’s yeast to this. This mask works to lighten, moisturise and exfoliate the skin.
  • Begin by cleansing your skin thoroughly and then applying a layer of this mask.
  • It can be left on for up to 15 minutes and then washed off with cold water.
  • While you have the face mask on, you could also keep thinly sliced cucumbers on your eyes.
  • It is cooling, and reduces dark circles and puffiness.

These are a few ways you can use cucumber for face. By following this up with a regular beauty routine that includes the use of moisturisers like Olay Moisturizing Lotion and good night creams like Olay Regenerist Revitalising Night Cream Moisturiser, you can keep your skin looking its best.

Also, check out 5 amazing benefits of amla for skin whiteninghere at our blog.

Find more useful daily skin care tips here.

Top 7 Travel Skin-Care Tips & Products for Glowing Skin!

Whether you’re going away for the weekend or backpacking around Europe for the Summer packing the perfect combination of travel skin-care products is a must! I mean, who wants to travel with dry, dull skin? many sure don’t. people not only pack the essentials for healthy skin but   also add a few extra goodies to treat themselves while abroad!

 

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If you don’t know, some people are obsessed with organic and non-toxic skin-care products. Nothing makes them happier than finding a brand that’s effective, non-toxic and organic. With that said we knew it was time to share our Top 7 Travel Skin-Care Tips and Products so that you can have glowing skin during every vacation.

1. Hydrate Like Your Skin Depends On It! Hydrating internally is the key to dewy, glowing skin. There’s really no way around it. A water bottle should be the first item on your list if you’re traveling. Nothing you apply to your skin will be effective if your body is in desperate need of hydration. It’s recommended for women for drink at least 75 oz. of water per day for beautiful skin. BONUS: Your bowel movements will be on point! Many people suffer from constipation while on vacation. Whether it’s being away from home or eating different foods, staying hydrated will help regulate your bowel movement, which naturally detoxes your body and results in healthy skin! Here are a few water bottles with filters: Reho 17 oz., pH Hydrate and Luxtea.

2. What You Eat Matters. We get it! You’re on vacation. YOLO is the mood and you’re ready to pig out. But for the sake of your skin, do so in moderation. Eating foods that are excessively greasy, jam packed with dairy and highly processed can seriously ruin your skin. We know you don’t want to walk around on your glorious vacation with a zit on your face! So keep the junk foods to a minimum. Eat simpler, healthier foods for breakfast and lunch, and treat yourself for dinner. Foods that are amazing for maintaining gorgeous skin are berries, salmon, broccoli, kale, avocados and dark chocolate. When you land at your destination, hit a farmers market or supermarket and stock up on yummy foods. Traveling with one or two glass container will make it easy explore and be on the go while eating well.

 

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3. Invest in Multi-Purpose Products. As an organic skin-care artisan and junkie, We know how easy it can be to want to pack fifty different products with you when you travel. We also know that the beauty industry has made it its mission to sell us products that conveniently are only meant for a singular purpose. Queue the elixir meant only for your baby toe… The serums are a cleanser, make-up remover and a moisturizer. The toner is not only a toner but a makeup setting spray, and the balms also double as a facial night cream when your skin is thirsty.

4. Never Under Estimate The Power of SPF! You’re probably sick and tired of hearing this but trust us you need a good sunblock. On a daily basis SPF can prevent premature wrinkles and while on vacation, especially if you’re going somewhere sunny, an effective sunblock can prevent sunburn.  Avoid the discomfort and long-term signs of aging by using SPF. It’s also crucial to avoid sunblocks with the following toxic ingredients:

– Oxybenzone and Other Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals
– Retinol or Retinyl Palmitate
– Nanoparticles in Spray, Aerosol or Powder Sunscreens
– Fragrance

Many of which not only seep into your skin wrecking havoc on your hormones but are also carcenogenic. Always aim to purchase sunblock that is mineral based, making it less likely to seep sick into your skin, and with a low rating on the Think Dirty app. A few of  one of my friend (Rachel) favorites are the 100% PURE YERBA MATE MIST SPF 30 and SUNTEGRITY SPF30 FOR BODY 3OZ.

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5. Mask While You Fly!  It might make you appear like a weirdo while on the plane but your skin will thank you when you land. some always sufferes from dry skin whenever they take a flight. That’s because the humidity on flights is at 20% are our is skin is used to being exposed to anywhere from 40-70% humidity. That’s why applying a mask during your flight is a great way to replenish your skin of hydration! Here are a few masks that are perfect for traveling and applying on a flight: 100% Pure Bright Eyes Mask100% Pure Green Tea Water Bomb Mask, & the Dermal Snail Hydro Gel Mask.

6. Gently Scrub Your Skin! Does your skin appear dull after a flight? Blame that on the cabin pressure, which closely resembles standing on top of a mountain. High altitude means decreased blood flow, which causes dull looking skin. Gently scrubbing your skin will not only remove dead skin cells which automatically brightens your skin and increases blood flow as well! BONUS: If you get sunburned, gently exfoliating your skin once it begins to peel will also help with the healing process. Some top products for non-toxic and organic facial scrubs are the SunKiss Organics Mocha Latte Coffee Scrub and the 100% Pure Acai Pulp Facial Scrub. 

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7. Catch All the ZZZZs: Your body repairs itself during deep sleep, and unsurprisingly rejuvenates your skin as well! When you receive 7-8 hours of sleep you release growth hormones that estimate cell rejuvenation. Many of us get less sleep while on vacation and return home more exhausted than when we left, and that’s a major problem for your skin! Whether you’re on a red eye flight or have trouble sleeping anywhere other than your bed, We highly suggest taking a melatonin supplement. Melatonin is produced naturally by the body during sleep, and at times can be interrupted by different time zones or irregular sleep times.

There you have it mama, all of our top secrets for popping skin! Now tell us, what are your top travel skin-care tips and products?

The Benefits Of Using Aloe Vera For Skin Care And More

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Aloe vera has been used for a host of purposes since the ancient Egyptians called it the “plant of immortality.”

Since then, its uses have become more targeted and medicinal, and it’s one of the leading therapies for sunburns.

Aloe vera is a cactus plant that belongs to the Liliaceae family. It grows in dry climates such as those found in parts of Africa and India and has been used medicinally for centuries.

Aloe leaves secrete a clear gel that when broken off from the rest of the plant that can be applied topically to heal wounds and soothe skin.

Various studies have been conducted to examine the benefits of the aloe vera plant and it was found out that aloe vera does in fact have several properties that are effective in treating a variety of skin conditions, from flaky or dry skin, cosmetic ailments, hair and scalp problems to many more.

It is also said to be useful in treating wounds and burns, minor skin infections, cysts, diabetes, and elevated blood lipids in humans, and shows some promise in treating more serious and persistent conditions such as eczema, genital herpes, dandruff, psoriasis, canker sores, skin ulcers and others, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Here are 8 benefits of using aloe vera gel:

1. It treats sunburn.

Aloe Vera helps with sunburn through its powerful healing activity at the epithelial level of the skin, a layer of cells that cover the body. It acts as a protective layer on the skin and helps replenish its moisture. Because of its nutritional qualities and antioxidant properties, the skin heals quicker.

2. It acts as a moisturizer.

Aloe moisturizes the skin without giving it a greasy feel, so it`s perfect for anyone with an oily skin complexion. For women who use mineral-based make-up, aloe vera acts as a moisturizer and is great for the face prior to the application to prevents skin drying. For men: Aloe vera gel can be used as an aftershave treatment as its healing properties can treat small cuts caused by shaving.

3. It treats acne.

Aloe vera gel contains two hormones: Auxin and Gibberellins. These two hormones provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation. Giberellin in aloe vera acts as a growth hormone stimulating the growth of new cells. It allows the skin to heal quickly and naturally with minimal scarring.

Aloe is soothing and can reduce skin inflammations, blistering and itchiness, while helping the skin to heal more rapidly. Additionally, in Ayurvedic medicine, Aloe is used to effectively heal chronic skin problems, such as psoriasis, acne and eczema.

4. It fights aging.

As we age, everyone begins to worry about the appearance of fine lines and the loss of elasticity in their skin. Aloe leaves contain a plethora of antioxidants including, beta carotene, vitamin C and E that can help improve the skin’s natural firmness and keep the skin hydrated.

5. It lessens the visibility of stretch marks.

The skin is like one big piece of elastic that’ll expand and contract as needed to accommodate growth. But if the skin stretches too far, too fast (due to pregnancy, rapid weight gain or loss) the elasticity of the skin can be damaged. That’s what leaves those unsightly stretch marks. These marks appear due to minor tears in the layers of the skin caused by sudden and excessive stretching. Aloe vera gel can help hide these stretch marks by healing these wounds.

6. It’s nutrient rich for good health.

This solid material contains over 75 different nutrients including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, sugars, anthraquinones or phenolic compounds, lignin, saponins, sterols, amino acids and salicylic acid.

7. It soothes in periodontal disease.

According to a study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, it’s extremely helpful in the treatment of gum diseases like gingivitis, periodontitis. It reduces bleeding, inflammation and swelling of the gums. It is a powerful antiseptic in pockets where normal cleaning is difficult, and its antifungal properties help greatly in the problem of denture stomatitis, apthous ulcers, cracked and split corners of the mouth.

8. It aids in digestion.

The internal benefits of aloe vera are supposed to be just as amazing. The plant is said to improve the digestion and to relieve ulcers. Some people consider it a laxative, while others attribute that effect to its digestive qualities (which normalize the system and induce regularity). The juice is also prescribed for arthritis and rheumatism. To test any of these claims, steep the cut foliage in water or chew pieces of the fresh leaf.