Temperatures are flirting with 100°F these days, so you need all the help you can get to stay fresh. Instead of channelling your grandma and covering your face with cucumber slices, why not try a product which already contains cucumber extract?
Aside from having an instant cooling effect due to its high water content, cucumber is rich in vitamins A, B, and C, and contains minerals essential to a radiant skin, such as magnesium and potassium. And one thing that grandma got right: The silicon in cucumbers also helps keep the skin tight.
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From left: Tay Cucumber Day Moisturizer with Mango Butter ($68, 1.7 fl oz), at C.O. Bigelow; Jurlique Herbal Recovery Eye Cream ($40, 0.5 fl oz), at Jurlique .com; DR Harris Cucumber & Roses Cleansing Milk ($39, 3.4oz), at C.O. Bigelow.
Here's a completely cucumber-centric skincare routine. Start by dabbing a drop of Jurlique eye cream under your eyes, the ultimate alternative to the cucumber slice cliché.
Follow with a layer of Tay moisturizer over your face: Cucumber has tonic properties that calm the skin and tighten the pores.
At the end of the day, wash your face with DR Harris cleansing milk, an ultra-soft concoction to remove all the dirt. It also contains a mild antiseptic that neutralizes blemishes.
NEXT: Protect your skin
Protect your skin
Babo Botanicals Swim & Sport Shampoo & Wash, $14, BaboBotanicals.com; Nature's Gate Sport SPF50 Sunscreen, $10.69, ShopNatures-Gate .com
Take care of your skin with some drugstore favorites. Babo's 2-in-1 is perfect after a day of intense swimming and sunbathing: the silica and sulfur in cucumber are known to make hair shinier and stimulate growth.
Applied to the skin, cucumber also has sun protection virtues and works as well as aloe vera to soothe sunburns.The ultra-resistant Nature's Gate SPF50 Sport sunscreen combines zinc and cucumber extract to shield you from bad UV rays.
eShave Cucumber Pre-Shave Oil, ($20, 2oz); eShave Cucumber Shave Cream ($22, 4oz), eShave.com
Prep for your shave with the cooling pre-shave oil, and follow with the cream.
Harry's Shave Cream, $8 (3.4 oz), Harrys.com
A smooth blend of cucumber, eucalyptus and peppermint.
Lather Calming Post-Shave Gel ($18, 2oz), Lather.com
A lightweight balm to repair freshly shaved skin and prevent irritation.
NEXT: The Scent
Santalum Slivers by Kerosene, $140 (3.4oz), at MiNNewYork.com
Self-taught perfumer John Kerosene creates a stunning scent with citrus and sandalwood, topped with a note of cucumber. Fresh and masculine.