Beauty Star Ingredient: Cucumber
The surprising benefits of komkommer
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)