Monday, February 27, 2017

How To: Easy Face Mask with Fresh Cucumber Juice


It's at least a zillion years since we did a fresh food mask around here. Correction: it's a zillion years since we even did a mask around here.

You think I'm exaggerating? Do a search and see for yourself. The last one was in 2014. That's three (zillion) years ago!
(insert small gasp)

That changes right now!

Do you have a bit of cucumber?

A bit of clay?

You've already got the basics at hand. Let's get busy!


Cucumber Fresh

This is a super simple mask that adds extra toning and soothing action due to the secret ingredient: fresh cucumber juice.

You: Fresh cucumber juice? I don't have all kinds of fancy equipment for juicing cucumbers, and I'm not really inclined to use hours on this.

Me: I don't have fancy juicing equipment either and cucumber juice making is really a snap!


You need
  • small bowl (I used a single portion ramekin)
  • grater
  • coffee filter or muslin/cheesecloth
  • cucumber
  • hands 



Here's how super simple it is to make cucumber juice


Peel the cucumber
Place the coffee filter in your small bowl
Grate about 2-3 tablespoons of cucumber and place into the coffee filter (if you really want to speed things up, grate directly into the filter)





Now, pick the filter up, gently close it so you can squeeze the liquid into the bowl. You don't even need strong hands to do this – honest.




Add about 2 teaspoons of your preferred clay to the cucumber juice.

Tip: Don't stir! If you let the clay absorb the liquid by itself, you'll have a lovely, lump-free texture.

For extra oomph, you can add any (or all) of the following:

  • 1 teaspoon of raw honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon of olive, avocado, or almond oil 
  • 3-4 drops essential oil of choice


Use the mask immediately for optimal effect. The mask can be applied with a brush, but you can also use the back of a teaspoon.

Tip: Do not let a clay mask dry on your face. Wet a natural sponge and gently remove the mask when it is about 3/4 dry.

Finish with a spritz of non-alcoholic skin tonic and a few drops of face oil. Then (and this part is really important)  check the mirror for the absolute fabulousness that is you.

Which Clay?

Check my Cosmetics Clay Guide for an overview of the different clays.

Do Tell

Have you ever made fresh cucumber juice and used it in a mask?

4 comments:

Signe said...

Wow, I never knew about that non-stirring part! Does it work same way with thicker liquids too, as yogurt?

Lise M Andersen said...

HI Signe - What a great question! Personally, I think it would be easiest to start with a bit of liquid in the clay, then add yoghurt, but who knows, maybe it will go into yoghurt (almost) the same way as it does water. :)

María Zamora said...

Cucumber us a classic in beauty for a reason: it works. If not, just let's wonder why we go here and there with a cucumber slice on our eyes!
Jokes apart, personally for me is my favourite base ingrediente for summer and oil-prone sking creams. It's refreshing, soothing, mildly astringent and a delish to work with.
If I don't do a glycerinate 50/50, because I don't want to wait, I do a glycerinate 90/10 (90% water, 10% glycerine) that I leave influsing for 24h in the fridge. The filtrate is what I use as water phase in the cream.
It works for me ;)

Lise M Andersen said...

Oh gosh María that 'quick' infusion sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing this!