What do you do with an over-abundance of cucumbers, besides eating them?
That’s the question I’ve been trying to answer lately. I’ve been eating cucumbers just about every day for the past few weeks, but there are still extra cucumbers lying around.
The plants in my garden produced cucumbers, and the place where I work grows cucumbers too every year, so during the peak of cucumber season, I usually end up having much more than I need. And as much as I love fresh cucumbers, there’s a limit to how many of them I can eat.
I found another way to use them, though, that’s equally as enjoyable as eating them – putting them on my face!
I’ve recently talked about how I cleaned out the “shelf of doom” in the bathroom by simplifying the products I use and switching over to natural products. Well, I might not keep cucumbers on the bathroom shelf, but they are a completely natural beauty treatment that I enjoy using just as much as my manuka honeyand jojoba oil.
Super Simple Cucumber Face Mask
The other day when I was looking through The Lady’s Almanac for 1854, an eclectic combination of recipes, poetry, and advice for 19th century ladies, I found a paragraph about uses for cucumbers. The end of the paragraph said:
“The expressed juice of the cucumber is used as a cosmetic, giving a pleasant suppleness to the skin.”
I decided to give it a try, so I mashed up a few cucumber slices and smeared the juice and the mashed cucumber pieces over my face. It was a little bit messy, but it felt absolutely amazing! The whole “cool as a cucumber” expression is so true because cucumbers are probably one of the most refreshing summer vegetables there are.
After I had smeared the cucumber juice all over my face, I decided to cut a few extra cucumber slices for my eyes, just for the fun of it. I laid down with the intent of only resting for a few minutes to let the cucumber juice sink in, but it felt so cool and refreshing and I was so relaxed that I actually drifted off to sleep. The next time I do this, I think I’d better set a alarm clock just in case! 🙂
A cucumber face mask is such a great, natural way to cool yourself down on a hot summer day. As an added bonus, the cucumber is so soothing to the skin. And why bother to buy one of those pricey face creams with special “cucumber extract” when you can just use the actual cucumber itself, right? With just one cucumber you can have a delicious snack and a relaxing homemade spa day for hardly any cost at all!
What ways have you found to use up extra cucumbers and other garden produce?