Does Putting Cucumber Slices on Your Eyes Really Reduce Puffiness?
Cucumbers have long been part of the spa experience, from the cucumber-infused water offered in waiting rooms to the act of placing slices onto the eyes during treatment. As much as we always enjoy the refreshing feel of cucumber on our eyelids, we’ve been wondering if this beauty tradition is truly effective. Aside from the calming and soothing effect, are there any other benefits? For answers, we reached out to board-certified dermatologist and Skincare.com expert Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali.
What Role Do Cucumbers Play in Skin Care?
According to a study on the potential skin-care benefits of cucumbers, the beloved crudité can soothe skin and help reduce the appearance of swelling. Cucumber also has the ability to help replenish dry skin. That’s certainly enough to make us want cucumber in our routines, but it doesn’t quite answer the real question of whether they can help our eye area.
Do Cucumber Slices Benefit the Eye Area?
According to Dr. Bhanusali, however, the answer is yes. “There is certainly some benefit,” he says. “When cooled, cucumbers can reduce inflammation and vasoconstrict vessels around the eye.” He adds that cucumber slices could be a trick for addressing under-eye bags and puffiness because vasoconstriction can help to drive fluid away from the under-eye area and reduce the appearance of bags.
How Can You Add Cucumber Into Your Routine?
To reap the benefits of cucumber in your routine, you won’t have to travel to the spa (a good thing with all the social-distancing measures currently in place). Simply head to the grocery store to pick up a cucumber or two and you can easily recreate this spa tradition in your own home.
STEP 1: Place Your Cucumber in the Refrigerator
After heading home from the store, place the cucumber in the fridge for a few minutes to maximize the cooling effect. Feel free to use this hack with your eye creams as well.
STEP 2: Choose a Face Mask
While your cucumber is chilling in the fridge, pick a face mask to apply. If you’re targeting multiple problem areas, consider multi-masking to better address your concerns.
STEP 3: Slice Your Cucumber and Apply Your Mask(s)
Once chilled, begin to slice your cucumber. You’ll only need a few for your eyes, but there’s no harm in cutting a few extras to munch on while you relax. Next, apply your face mask, or masks if you’re using more than one. Now’s also a good time to light some candles to really play up the spa-like experience.
STEP 4: Place the Cucumber Slices on Your Eyelids and Relax
To help ensure the cucumber slices don’t slide off your eyelids, you’ll want to lay back or recline in your chair. Take this time to truly relax, or even take a quick nap. Keep the slices on your eyes for about 15 minutes (or however long your face mask(s) need to be on your skin) and then discard. If any residue remains, blot it away gently with a washcloth. Follow by rinsing off or removing your face mask.