June 13th is Cucumber day! Yes it’s true, there is a day of celebration for pretty much everything if you look hard enough. Lucky for us we have these wonderful products to do a little celebrating on our own. We all know the enhancing power of cucumbers from hydrating drinks to skin care. Our mothers and our mother’s mothers have been using cucumber slices in water and on their eyes for decades so it’s no wonder they created a national day for them. Here our some of our favorites!
Recover-E Cucumber Eye Pads
Infused with real cucumber extract, these perfectly sized pads are the optimal solution for relieving dreaded burns and irritated skin after a day of swimming and sun. Added Green Tea and Vitamin E pre– help to instantly soothe on contact and provide a further cooling sensation when refrigerated. Apply over eyes for 10-30 minutes and discard after use to reveal awakened, replenished skin. Cucumber Eye Pads (5 pairs per pack), $5.99 Available at www.earththerapeutics.com Earth Therapeutics is an aromatherapy and botanical based skin and body care line available in major retail outlets, Earth Therapeutics boasts over 500 products, making it an expert in stress relief, relaxation, foot care, exfoliation, tools, hair removal and a plethora of other body care essentials. All of the items are reasonably priced so that everyone can enjoy the fun, innovative, “feel good” products the natural-ingredient-driven company offers. Striving to make Earth Therapeutics “therapeutic” for the Earth and the people, Earth Therapeutics’ simple philosophy has helped them maintain strong customer retention for over 14 years.
After long days of catching rays, reach for the Clairvoyant Beauty Cooling Cucumber Mask or Refreshing Cucumber Lotion to help calm the skin while restoring your complexion. Known for their hydrating, soothing and renewing properties, these products are guaranteed to provide rapid relief and desirable results with each use.
Cooling Cucumber Mask ($30, 2 fl. oz.)
Battle warm weather woes and beat the effects heat and humidity have on your skin with this nourishing rescue mask. Featuring a powerhouse of natural ingredients, this soothing facial treat calms the skin and reduces puffiness, while offering anti-aging benefits for a moisturized and radiant finish. A rich dose of organic aloe vera helps deliver oxygen to the surfaceand provides an instant cooling sensation when applied. Use after cleansing for an added boost of hydration, especially on extra-hot days when your skin feels tight.
Refreshing Cucumber Lotion ($38, 2 fl. oz.)
This lightweight, fragrant cream features a long list of remarkable benefits of the fresh cucumber, including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that soothe and protect your skin. The natural salt, enzymes and vitamins stimulate cell growth and strengthen connective tissues, healing the surface and protecting from free radicals. The skin-strengthening formula also delivers lacking hydration that lasts and a delightful aroma that completes this ultimately invigorating experience. Available at www.clairvoyantbeauty.com
Our iconic facial toner for dry and sensitive skin. The mildest of all our toners, ideal for dry and sensitive skin types. Made with the finest gentle herbal extracts for a gentle, soothing, balancing and mildly astringent effect. Leaves skin soft, clean, soothed and toned. Available at www.kiehls.com
Fresh Cucumber Baie Oval Soap $15.00 is a vegetable-based soap enriched with moisturizing shea butter and infused with a blend of crisp greens and sheer florals. The nourishing formula is milled multiple times, making the soap super dense, luxurious, and long-lasting. In the Fresh spirit of artisanship, each soap is hand-wrapped, tied with a delicate wire, and topped with a semi-precious stone. www.fresh.com
Here’s an added bonus you can drink them too! TY KU Cucumber Sake.
1.5 oz TY KU Cucumber Sake
0.5 oz Vodka
0.5 oz Ginger Syrup
0.25 oz Agave Nectar
0.5 oz Lime Juice
1.5 oz TY KU Cucumber Sake
1 oz Vodka
0.25 oz Agave Nectar
TY KU is the first sake brand to utilize the extremely versatile flavor profile of cucumber, creating an innovative infusion for summer sippers looking to pamper their mind, body and taste buds with the spa-inspired flavor. Like the entire TY KU Sake portfolio, TY KU Cucumber is 100% free of gluten and sulfites, with five times less acidity than wine and only 12% alcohol. Premium sake is one of the purest beverages on the planet, made from only four all-natural ingredients; rapidly converting wine drinkers to this clean and light alternative. visit www.tykusake.com
Eat them. There’s no reason to only use cucumbers raw—they are wonderful sautéed then pureed with avocado for a silken-textured soup that’s good warm or cold.
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 4 cups peeled, seeded and thinly sliced cucumbers, divided
- 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth, or reduced-sodium
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1 avocado, diced
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
- 1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt
- Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 1 to 4 minutes. Add lemon juice and cook for 1 minute. Add 3 3/4 cups cucumber slices, broth, salt, pepper and cayenne; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat and cook at a gentle simmer until the cucumbers are soft, 6 to 8 minutes.
- Transfer the soup to a blender. Add avocado and parsley; blend on low speed until smooth. (Use caution when pureeing hot liquids.) Pour into a serving bowl and stir in yogurt. Chop the remaining 1/4 cup cucumber slices. Serve the soup warm or refrigerate and serve it chilled. Just before serving, garnish with the chopped cucumber and more chopped parsley, if desired. Nutrition Per serving: 173 calories; 12 g fat (2 g sat, 8 g mono); 2 mg cholesterol; 15 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein; 5 g fiber; 494 mg sodium; 544 mg potassium.
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