By Melissa Breyer
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Ah the humble cucumber ... maybe someone will make some pickles, maybe Mom will slice off a few rounds for her tired eyes ... but really, aside from that, what is a cucumber's claim to fame? Actually, the cucumber is a pretty amazing piece of work, both in the kitchen and in the bathroom where it can perform a multitude of beauty tasks.
The flesh of the cucumber is mostly water, but also contains ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and caffeic acid, both of which help soothe skin irritations and reduce swelling -- these acids prevent water retention, which may explain why cucumbers applied topically are often helpful for swollen eyes, burns, and dermatitis.
Cucumbers are a great treat for the skin. They have the same pH as the skin so they help restore the protective acid mantle -- they also possess hydrating, nourishing, and astringent properties.
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