Here are two easy cucumber mask and skin care treatment recipes to help cool and soothe your skin during hot weather!
You’ll need a fresh cucumber to combine with aloe vera gel and witch hazel (or water). If making the cucumber mask, you’ll also need a small amount of French green clay.
I’ve included instructions to make the basic cucumber and aloe treatment, plus how to turn that mixture into a cucumber face mask that gently cleanses accumulated dirt and oils from your skin.
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Why I Chose These Ingredients
Cucumber – rich in nutrients that revitalize and brighten skin, soothes and calms redness, mild sunburn, and other irritations; cucumber is equally helpful for dry skin as it is for oily and/or acne-prone skin (so most everyone can enjoy cucumber skincare unless they’re allergic)
Aloe Vera – cooling and soothing; aloe is helpful for mild sunburn, itchy, or irritated skin. (Mountain Rose Herbs has a lovely aloe vera gel, or check your local pharmacies or health food stores.)
Witch Hazel – an astringent that reduces inflammation and redness; tones and soothes irritated skin. (I love the organic witch hazel from Mountain Rose Herbs, but pharmacy or health food stores near you should also carry some form of witch hazel.)
French Green Clay (for the mask) – a mineral rich clay that has a natural soft green color formed by decomposed plant matter and iron oxide; it deeply cleans and absorbs oil and dirt from skin (I buy French green clay from Mountain Rose Herbs – one bag lasts me for ages and makes many, many projects!)
Summer Skin Care Recipes
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Cucumber Skin Treatment Recipe
This easy skincare remedy is helpful for mild sunburn, or when you’re feeling generally overheated and grimy from hot summer weather.
Witch hazel helps to more deeply cleanse and cool your skin, but if you have very dry or sensitive skin, you may wish to use water instead. Witch hazel is an especially nice addition for those with reddened, inflamed, or oily skin.
- 1 cup (abt 5 oz) fresh cucumber slices (either peeled or unpeeled cucumber is fine)
- 1 tbsp aloe vera gel (bottled or fresh)
- 2 tbsp witch hazel (or water)
Directions for the Cucumber Skin Treatment:
Blend all ingredients together to form a fresh green puree, using a mini food processor or small bullet style blender. If your mixture feels like it has too much cucumber pulp and texture, try adding a small amount of extra witch hazel (or water) and blend some more.
Rub this cooling cucumber juice mixture over your face and body. Leave on for about 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water.
You can also split the mixture between a friend or relative to make your own DIY cucumber face masks together. It’s a simple and fun activity for a home spa day or slumber party.
These types of mixtures are SUPER customizable. Other ideas to customize this includes adding a tablespoon of honey or plain yogurt.
This cucumber skin treatment is highly perishable. You can mix ahead and store in the refrigerator for up to 12 to 24 hours, but it should be used or discarded after that.
Cucumber Face Mask Recipe
This is a variation of the previous recipe, that’s best used for normal to oily complexions. (Clay may feel too drying for delicate, dry skin.) It features the addition of mineral rich French green clay to deeply lift away and gently cleanse accumulated dirt and oils from your skin.
Even though I call this a face mask, you really could use it on your throat, chest, back, or other places your skin might be broken out.
To make this, you’ll need:
- 1 Batch of Cucumber Skin Treatment (from recipe above)
- about 1 tsp French Green Clay
Cucumber Face Mask Instructions:
Stir the clay into the Cucumber Skin Treatment until a medium-thin paste forms. Feel free to use less or more clay per your personal preference.
Rub the mixture over the clean skin of your face and anywhere acne or oily skin plagues you. Leave on for about 10 minutes then rinse well with lukewarm water.
This homemade cucumber face mask has a very short shelf life. You can make the cucumber/aloe/water portion ahead of time and keep it in the fridge for 12 to 24 hours, adding the clay in right before you plan to use it. Discard any leftover after 24 hours.
More Cucumber Recipes!
If you love the cooling properties of cucumber, I think you’ll also enjoy these projects!
Cucumber Mint Bath Soak
This cucumber mint bath soak recipe combines fresh cucumber, fresh mint, and Epsom salt together to make a beautiful and refreshing bath soak.
Here’s a video of me making this bath soak! (Sometimes an ad plays first, but the project starts right after. If you have an ad blocker, the video player won’t show up.)
Cold Process Cucumber Soap Recipe
This cooling creamy palm free cucumber soap recipe is naturally colored with powerful French green clay and is perfect for those with overheated, itchy, or sweaty skin!
Cooling Cucumber Face Mask & Skin Treatment
For the Cucumber Skin Treatment
- 1 cup fresh cucumber slices, unpeeled or peeled
- 1 tbsp aloe vera gel, bottled or fresh
- 2 tbsp witch hazel (or water)
For the Cucumber Face Mask
- 1 batch Cucumber Skin Treatment (from above)
- 1 tsp French green clay
For the Cucumber Face Treatment
- Use a mini food processor or bullet-style blender to thoroughly blend together the cucumber, aloe, and witch hazel (or water).
- If your cucumber puree seems like it has too many cucumber chunks or is too thick, just more witch hazel (or water) to thin it out and continue blending.
- To use: Rub the cucumber mixture over your face, throat, and body. Leave on for about 10 to 15 minutes then rinse well with lukewarm water.
- Store unused cucumber mixture in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Discard leftovers.
For the Cucumber Face Mask
- Combine one batch of the cucumber face treatment from above, with 1 teaspoon of French green clay.
- You may wish to add more clay for a thicker texture, or a little extra witch hazel (or water) for a thinner texture, to suit your personal preferences.
- Rub the mixture over the clean skin of your face and anywhere acne or oily skin plagues you
- Leave on for about 10 minutes then rinse well with lukewarm water.
- Shelf life of unused mask is about 24 hours. Discard leftovers.