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Frozen Cucumber Trend

The benefit of freezing the cucumber is similar to the benefits of cooling the skin. Read more...
 

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What is the basis behind using frozen cucumbers on your skin?


The benefit of freezing the cucumber is similar to the benefits of cooling the skin. This combines the science of massage of the lymphatics system in the skin with the cool durable quality of the frozen cucumber surface to maximize the benefits of removing excess inflammation and fluid in the skin.

We do know that fluid tends to accumulate in the soft tissue of the face and around the eyes. It can worsen with allergies, rosacea, high blood pressure, and hormonal changes. The longer the fluid is there, it will start to change the texture of the skin on the face. Many people will note that their skin starts to look like the peel of an orange or the bags under their eyes seem more prominent. Aside from medications, simple massage to gently work this excess fluid back into the lymphatic system can help control the effects of this swelling. I’ll often tell patients to simply massage the skin around their eyes in a circular fashion to reduce the look of bags under the eyes.


 


 



Why cucumber?



Cucumbers are known for their skin benefits making them a staple for stock photos of spas. Cucumbers are safe overall for the skin. The thought behind cucumber slices is that they can cool the skin and reduce vascular congestion. They also have vitamin K which has been shown to help with circulation as well. Cucumbers have a very high water content making them freeze easily like an ice cube. The cut surface has a slight texture but is not rough when thawed. The vitamins K, B, and C are present along with minerals as well.



Why should the cucumber be cold?



The benefit of freezing the cucumber is similar to the benefits of cooling the skin. This combines the science of massage of the lymphatics system in the skin with the cool durable quality of the frozen cucumber surface to maximize the benefits of removing excess inflammation and fluid in the skin.



How exactly should the cucumber be used on the skin?



Cut a cucumber on one end leaving a smooth exposed surface. Place the cucumber in a Ziploc bag or Tupperware in the freezer. Since the end is exposed, it is probably best to keep it enclosed to avoid contamination with other food items or excess frost or cold. Take it out when ready to use. The uncut end will feel very cold so wrapping it in a towel or paper towel to serve as a handle may help. Then proceed to rub the cut end over the face. It will start to thaw as you use it. Cut a slice away from the end when complete and refreeze to have a newly exposed surface.



Do frozen cucumbers work?



Using a frozen cucumber on your skin is harmless for most people who try it. I often recommend even placing moisturizers in the fridge prior to applying them to help cool inflammation and redness in the skin when applying. Cucumbers have a slightly textured but not rough surface making them unlikely to irritate or abrade the skin when used.



Are there better solutions for your skin than frozen cucumbers?



A similar concept is used with jade rollers or ice rollers for the skin. It is not unreasonable to consider using a product that has anti-inflammatory effects and applying it with the use of a jade roller that has been refrigerated for similar results.




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