Friday, August 12, 2011
Cool as a Cucumber!
Ever wonder why spas place cucumber slices on your eyes while relaxing? It may look a bit silly and maybe even cliched, but the spas are onto something. Cucumbers are 95 percent water and have a pH level comparable to that of our own skin. Because they contain ascorbic and caffeic acids, cucumbers are able to significantly reduce water retention and are great to treat swollen eyes, sunburns, and even some cases of dermatitis! Many skin care products use cukes for their hydrating and cooling qualities to soothe irritated and inflamed areas without drying out skin. After a long day at the office or staring at your computer screen, it's the perfect way to relieve stress and get rid of dark bags under your eyes! So slice one up and get relaxing!
And if you decide to munch on a few slices, no worries... Cukes are a great way to keep your insides feeling healthy and fresh, too!