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Beat the Summer Dryness: Nourishing Your Skin with Cucumber, Aloe Vera, and Mint | DIY Cooling Cucumber Face Mist


Cucumber Face Mist

As the sun intensifies its warm embrace during the summer, our skin often pays the price, becoming more susceptible to dryness and dehydration. Combatting the drying effects of summer requires a thoughtful skincare approach that harnesses the hydrating and soothing powers of nature. In this blog post, we'll explore why summer can lead to dry skin and delve into the research-backed benefits of cucumber, aloe vera, and mint, unveiling a DIY Cooling Cucumber Face Mist to keep your skin refreshed and hydrated.


What's in the blog post:


 
Summer skin


1. UNDERSTANDING SUMMER DRYNESS


  • Dehydration and Transepidermal Water Loss (TEWL): During the summer, the combination of increased temperatures and exposure to the sun can lead to higher levels of dehydration. Research indicates that these factors contribute to increased Transepidermal Water Loss (TEWL), causing the skin to lose moisture more rapidly. As a result, the skin may feel dry, tight, and prone to irritation.

  • Sun Exposure and Skin Barrier Damage: Excessive sun exposure can compromise the skin's natural barrier function. Studies show that prolonged exposure to UV rays can lead to damage to the lipid barrier, reducing the skin's ability to retain moisture. This damage can result in dryness, redness, and an overall lack of suppleness.



 

2. THE TRIO OF SKIN HYDRATION: CUCUMBER, ALOE VERA & MINT


Cucumber, aloe and mint
  • Cucumber: Cooling Hydration: Cucumbers are a summer skincare staple, and for good reason. Rich in water content (approximately 96%), cucumbers provide instant hydration to parched skin. According to studies, the natural antioxidants in cucumbers help soothe irritated skin and reduce inflammation. The cooling effect of cucumber can alleviate discomfort caused by summer dryness.

  • Aloe Vera: Nature's Moisturiser: Aloe vera has been revered for centuries for its hydrating and healing properties. Research suggests that aloe vera gel contains polysaccharides that aid in water retention, promoting long-lasting hydration. Additionally, the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant components of aloe vera contribute to skin soothing and repair.

  • Mint: Refreshing Revitalisation: Mint is more than just a flavourful herb; it can be a game changer for summer skin. Studies highlight the cooling and refreshing properties of mint, which can provide relief to overheated and irritated skin. Mint's natural menthol content contributes to a pleasant, revitalising sensation on the skin.


 


Ingredients:

  • A few chunks of cucumber

  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel

  • Few mint leaves

  • 1/2 cup distilled water


Instructions:

  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth.

  2. Strain well to ensure no chunks remain.

  3. Transfer to a spray bottle. The larger plastic or glass ones are best.

  4. Keep the face mist in the fridge for a refreshing cool-down.

  5. Spritz onto clean skin whenever needed, especially after sun exposure.



 

4. CONCLUSION


Summer may bring its drying challenges, but with the power of nature, you can keep your skin nourished and revitalised. Embrace the research-backed benefits of cucumber, aloe vera, and mint, and treat your skin to the soothing hydration it deserves. Try the DIY Cooling Cucumber Face Mist and let the natural elements of summer become your allies in maintaining a healthy, hydrated and glowing complexion. Your skin will thank you for the refreshing escape from summer dryness!



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Hi, I'm Mandi. A former primary teacher, Lifestyle Medicine graduate and current Diploma in Natural Skincare student with a passion for natural living.

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