The Skin Care Benefits of Cucumber
It's all about cucumber today here on the Seed blog!
You may have noticed that we use this natural ingredient in our new Advanced Botanicals facial line.
Skin Benefits of Cucumber
Let's look at the three different cucumber-derived ingredients that we use.
- Cucumber Fruit Extract is found in our toner and moisturizer. Simply, it is the extract of the fruit of the cucumber. It is ideal for all skin types, as it has astringent properties, while being emollient and soothing. It nourishes and softens the skin. It is perfect for after-sun skin care, too. Rich in minerals, sulfur and potassium to provide myriad skin benefits!
- We also use Cucumber Distillate, which you'll find in our toner. Distillates are also known as hydrosols, floral waters or herbal waters. They possess the benefits of essential oils, but in a more diluted and less concentrated. Cucumber distillate helps to restore skin pH and is cooling, hydrating and astringent.
- Cucumber oil is present in our daily moisturizer. This oil is extracted from cucumber seeds and is excellent for topical use. This mild oil is known for its anti-aging benefits, skin soothing properties, astringent capabilities, and possible reduction in skin inflammation.
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This means that no fragrances (artificial or otherwise) have been added to the product (or should mean that, watch for tougher regulations monitoring that coming). As we know, artificial fragrances are the #1 irritant on skin and one of the most potentially harmful ingredients we can encounter - because they contain phthalates -- see more information below.
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