Cucumber is a fruit that is often added to a salad as just another ingredient. With Ayurveda, the cucumber is put centre-stage. It is a revered nutrient-dense source that not only works incredibly well for the body when consumed, but also when used as a natural beauty ingredient.
Cucumbers are made up of ninety-five percent water, which makes them perfect for hydrating and cooling the body. With anti-inflammatory properties called fisetin, it can naturally calm skin irritations.
The bilberry fruit is native to Scandinavia and just like the blueberry, it is often eaten as it is or used in preserves and jams. Full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, bilberries were used as a natural remedy for poor digestion and poor circulation. As a superfood, it can have profound effects on the everyday function of your body. You-create-Beauty tapped into this rich reserve and used it as a key ingredient in this face mask. Not only does it add to the cooling effects of the cucumber juice, but it acts as a natural face scrub once it is removed. The slow injection of antioxidants into your epidermis (the outer layer of the skin’s surface) penetrates dutifully into all other skin layers to give you a protective barrier against pollutants and irritants in the air.
This DIY skincare recipe has been lovingly designed by You-create-Beauty. As a mask, the cucumber juice helps to moisturise and nourish the skin, while also acting as a natural anti-inflammatory. It restores your skin to make it smoother, more supple and healthy-looking. It also helps to tighten and firm the skin. The ground bilberry creates a rich plum tone to the mask mixture; as it is a superfood it is very potent and immediately improves the elasticity of the skin. For those that suffer from hyperpigmentation, bilberries also help to even your skin’s complexion.
Sweet, soothing, cooling
3cm piece of Cucumber
(skin removed and juiced)
1tbsp of Ground Bilberry
– Mix the ingredients together in a sterilised bowl with a sterilised spoon. The consistency should be thick enough to adhere to the skin but thin enough to wash away easily.
– If it is too thick add a little more cucumber juice; if it’s too thin add a little ground bilberry powder.
– Once you have the right mix, apply to the face, concentrating on areas where you have drier skin or larger pores.
– Allow to set for about 10-15 minutes (it should be dry to the touch).
– You may have a tingling sensation; if this becomes more apparent wash the mask off immediately.
– Using lukewarm or cold water, start to wash the mask off gently. Let the water soften the dried mask and using circular motions, treat the washing off process as a gentle exfoliation.
– Once you have completely removed the mask, gently pat your face dry and immediately follow the mask with a soothing mist like My Calmness.
Following the removal of the mask, you may have a little redness, but this will eventually calm down.
You’ll be left with smooth and supple skin and a reduction in the size of your pores.
This is perfect to apply a few hours before going out or even over the weekend for a little pampering.