The great beauty cosmos is filled with so many star references and tips that it is often difficult to separate facts from fictions.
Cucumber on the eyes is a classic – b ut does this humble vegetable really have any beauty benefits? Well, the answer is yes, especially for sensitive or irritated skin.
Silicic acid in cucumbers is an essential component of the body's connective tissue, which contributes to the maintenance of healthy skin, muscles and bones.
Although there is no evidence that this silica can be absorbed topically, the cucumber's other nutrients can. Because cucumber contains over 80% water, it is ideal for moisturizing the skin and can refresh a tired or dry eye area.
Cucumber is also rich in ascorbic acid and caffeic acid, both of which help prevent water retention. These acids can reduce swelling around the eye and remember: the cooler the cucumber, the more effective.
These anti-inflammatory properties are also ideal for soothing exacerbated skin.
If your eyes need a little more than a pick-me-up, try our Echium & Argan Gentle Eye Cream. This eye cream is free from alcohol and irritating chemicals and ideal for the sensitive eye area.
Echium is a miracle plant full of gamma-linolenic acid and stearidonic acid, which regenerate the skin and smooth fine lines.
Apply daily for a permanent look with shining eyes and put these cucumber slices in a sandwich instead!