INCI: Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract
Primary Function: Anti-inflammatory
Secondary Function: Complexion enhancing
History of Use: Cucumis sativus, or cucumber, has been cultivated for the last 3,000 years. It originated in Asia and has been prominently used in Ayurvedic medicine as both topically and orally. It rose to popularity in the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece and Rome, where people not only consumed the fruit but also utilized it for its incredible skin healing benefits.
Ingredient Source: Our Cucumber extract is sourced by an INCI and REACH-Standard-approved supplier that is committed to the reduction of animal testing and improvement in the protection of the environment from the dangers of unregulated chemicals. This ingredient is GMO-free and is developed to be without any irritating fragrance additives.
- Anti-Inflammatory: Although less nutritious than most fruit with at least 95% water content, the fresh cucumber is still a valuable source of vitamin C, vitamin K, and potassium, also providing dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin B6, thiamin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, and manganese. Cucumbers are often used for the treatment of blemished skin and heat rash. They are applied externally as a poultice for burns, sores and softening of the skin. Known since antiquity for their properties, the fruit itself is demulcent, diuretic, emollient, purgative and tonic. The flesh of cucumbers is primarily composed of water but also contains ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and caffeic acid, both of which prevent water retention, help soothe skin irritations and reduce swelling.
- Complexion Enhancing: Cucumbers’ hard skin is rich in fiber and contains a variety of beneficial minerals including silica, potassium and magnesium. The silica in cucumber is an essential component of healthy connective tissue, which includes muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and bone. Cucumber juice is often recommended as a source of silica to improve the complexion and health of the skin, plus cucumber’s high water content makes it naturally hydrating—a must for glowing skin. Cucumbers are also used topically for various types of skin problems, including swelling under the eyes, sunburn and dermatitis.