Cucumber and Sugar Facial Scrub

Cucumbers aren't just for salads.

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No woman enjoys the idea of parched, scaly skin, but paying for all-natural beauty products can be expensive. Crafty fashionistas often make their own beauty products to save money and create lotions, oils and scrubs perfectly tuned to their individual skin type. Cucumber and sugar isn’t a culinary match made in heaven, but combining them into a facial scrub will soothe your dry, sensitive face and make it feel softer.

Why Cucumber?

When you eat a cucumber, your mouth is flooded with slightly sweet, flavorful cucumber juice. This same hydrating liquid is the magic ingredient that gives these plump veggies their face-fixing powers. Cucumbers are mainly water, which hydrates skin and infuses it with valuable nutrients from the flesh and skin of the vegetable. Cukes are jam-packed with cooling properties that relieve redness and soothe irritated skin, leaving your face fresh and fabulous.

Sweeten It Up

Sugar -- it’s not just for coffee anymore. The irregular shape of sugar crystals makes them ideal as an all-natural exfoliator. The rough crystals scrape off dead skin cells, sweeping them down the drain. Sugar also imparts a glow to your skin, resulting in a clear, fresh, radiant face.

Blended Beauty

Scrub an unpeeled cucumber with a bit of soap and rinse in warm water to remove pesticides from the skin. Chop the squeaky-clean cuke into large chunks and drop into a blender. Blend the cucumber until it liquefies, and pour the pulp into a fine mesh sieve. Press all the liquid out of the pulp, and discard the solids. Add a cup of raw sugar to a bowl, and drizzle in enough cucumber liquid to form a thick, grainy paste.

Scrub Away

Heat up a rag in hot water, and press the rag over your face. Let the heat steam open your pores, then slather your cucumber and sugar facial mask from forehead to chin. Get your scrub on, massaging the crystals over your face for at least 60 seconds. Leave the sticky solution on your skin, giving the cucumber plenty of time to plump up starved cells. Rinse away the goop with clean water, and pat skin dry with a soft facial towel.

Cautions on Cucumbers

Cucumbers are a mild cleanser, but should only be used two or three times a week to prevent disrupting the skin's delicate pH balance. Avoid any open sores or blemishes, as the liquid will seep inside and sting like a tiny bee. Scrub lightly and use a gentle touch with grainy facial scrubs; Overzealous scrubbing could abrade away the top layer of skin and leave your skin red and painfully irritated.

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