Beauty Star In­gre­di­ent: Cu­cum­ber

The sur­pris­ing ben­e­fits of komkom­mer

Women's Health (South Africa) - - CONTENTS - BY ZINHLE­ZONKE ZIK ALALA

Cu­cum­ber. The name alone sounds cool, crisp and re­fresh­ing, but this isn’t the only rea­son it’s fea­tured on so many spa food and treat­ment menus. “Cu­cum­bers are rich in vi­ta­mins and min­er­als, which help re­duce swelling and skin ir­ri­ta­tions and they have a mois­tur­is­ing ef­fect,” says der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Matete Matho­bela. So, snack on cu­cum­ber sticks for ex­tra hy­dra­tion and make sure you add the fol­low­ing prod­ucts to your beauty bag. Trust us... You won’t re­gret it.

1/ This gel creme is an oil­con­trol­ling fa­cial mois­turiser that fea­tures an ul­tra­lightweight tex­ture and helps to con­trol oil for up to 10 hours. While cu­cum­ber gives it a re­fresh­ing scent, the gel creme re­duces vis­i­ble shine through­out the day and di­min­ishes the ap­pear­ance of pores with con­tin­ued use. Estée Lauder DayWear Matte Gel Creme (R665)

2/ This al­co­hol-free toner has a cu­cum­ber base and con­tains herbal ex­tracts, mak­ing it great for dry and sen­si­tive skin – the cu­cum­ber helps to soothe and calm del­i­cate skin. With a mildly tin­gling ef­fect, it leaves skin soft, clean and toned. Kiehl’s Cu­cum­ber Herbal Al­co­hol-Free Toner (R330)

3/ What bet­ter way to get into the new sea­son than with a hint of cu­cum­ber-in­spired eye­liner? This liner boasts a finetipped brush ap­pli­ca­tor that can draw both su­per-thin and thick lines so you can pick how bold you want your look to be. Ur­ban De­cay Ra­zor Sharp Liq­uid Eye­liner in Street (R320)

4/ This roll-on is per­fect for long, hot days. In­fused with cu­cum­ber and green tea for a fresh­ing zing, it nour­ishes and re­freshes skin while keep­ing un­der­arms dry and just-show­ered fresh. Dove Go Fresh Cu­cum­ber & Green Tea Scent Rol­lOn (R20)

5/ Rea­sons why we love at-home masks: they’re af­ford­able, easy to do and a re­lax­ing way to treat your­self af­ter a stress­ful day. The cu­cum­ber and aloe in this one will kick rough and dull skin to the curb, leav­ing your skin feel­ing mois­turised and soft. Free­man Re­new­ing Cu­cum­ber Peel-off Gel Mask (R93)

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