Cucumber – The Coolest Ingredient Out There

 This popular salad ingredient has so many surprising skin benefits, swap the plate for your cosmetics bag and find out why the Cucumber is a hero for the skin and an anti-ageing dream…

About Cucumber

Cucumber is a popular fruit in our daily cuisine, part of the gourd family, it is a creeping vine that grows the cucumber fruits. Originally from Southern Asia, the cucumber is now grown on most continents with many different varieties available and is made up of more than 90% water.

How can Cucumber help my skin?

With so many benefits, don’t just think the Cucumber is a tasty snack…

Vitamins Galore

Cucumber is packed full of vital vitamins for optimum skin health. Containing vitamin C – an effective antioxidant, vitamin K – another powerful antioxidant which fights dark circles under the eyes and vitamin A – which fights dark spots and pigmentation, cucumbers also contain pantothenic acid and vitamin B-5, important compounds which help the skin retain moisture.

Banishes Dark Circles and Puffy Eyes

Well known for reliving the eyes from dull and dark-looking skin, cucumbers have cooling properties which help rejuvenate and refresh skin. It can also reduce the water retention, hence controls the puffiness found mainly under the eyes.

Antioxidant Rich

Antioxidants are your friends when slowing down the ageing process, these combat wrinkles and sun damage and cucumbers have plenty of these. The skin will absorb antioxidants such as cucurbitacins and cucumerin, to prevent further damage from free radicals and other harmful elements in the environment.

Anti-Ageing

Cucumber will firm and tighten the skin once applied, helping to soften the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dull skin. Minerals such as manganese and potassium are renowned for firming the skin, and these are also found in cucumber.

Hydrated Glowing Skin

Due to its high water content, cucumber is excellent at hydrating dull dry skin. Being a natural toner and astringent due to its cooling properties, it will improve the skin’s complexion buy brightening it. Plus, it will help to reduce the oil produced by oily complexions leaving it free from clogged pores and excessive oil.

Skin SOS

One of the most recognisable benefits of cucumber is its cooling and soothing properties. Very effective at calming and hydrating stressed skin which has been affected by sun burn and rashes, cucumber is also a natural bleaching agent, making it useful for reducing a tan and for diminishing scars.

SBC’s Cucumber Skincare Gel is a cooling, hydrating gel enriched with soothing Cucumber and added Vitamin A for a brighter more youthful skin and eye contour. Infused with moisturising and revitalising care, this replenishing gel encourages a smoother eye contour, even skin texture and may help reduce the appearance of puffiness, dark circles and shadows.

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Ingredient of the Month: Milk

Milk – Milk_Square (2)Nature’s Gift to the Skin

About Milk

Milk contains many nutrients, vitamins and the carbohydrate, lactose and is mainly produced as an agricultural product. Throughout the world, there are more than six billion consumers of milk! People have been drinking and using milk for health benefits, for thousands of years, and more recently, is becoming popular in skincare. There is a good reason for it too…

How can Milk help my skin?

Milk is fantastic for our skin! The most famous fan of Milk skincare was none other than the Queen of Egypt herself, Cleopatra. She attributed her smooth skin and renowned beauty to a secret ingredient, which was milk.

Cleanser

Milk is an effective cleanser, as it removes oil soluble impurities. It balances the skin by removing unwanted oils, especially effective for those who suffer with oily skin, and yet provides moisturising fats in dry skin and both in combination skin types.

Moisturiser

Containing water, fat and proteins; Milk is a wholesome moisturiser. The lactic acid found in milk effectively hydrates the skin by increasing its water retention capacity, as does the amino acids, which allows for deeper penetration into the skin.

Exfoliation

The lactic acid found in Milk is also known as an alpha hydroxy acid. This will gently slough away dead skin cells, which in-turn, promotes cell renewal. These exfoliating properties are also highly effective for reducing wrinkles, pigmentation and discoloration, restoring an even-toned look.

Skin-lightening/Brightening

Owing to the exfoliative properties found in Milk, the pigmented dead skin cells which are shed from the skin; leave a brightened and lightened complexion.

Sunburn

The anti-inflammatory, cooling and skin repairing properties of Milk can help in soothing sunburn and help skin recover and repair.

Suitable for Sensitive Skin

Due to Milk’s calming and soothing properties, it is ideally suited to those with sensitive and reactive skin.

SBCs NEW Cotton Hand & Body Lotion is a natural and nourishing lotion which actively works to soothe the skin’s delicate surface. Designed to calm and restore sensitive and allergy-prone skin, this dermatologically-tested Hand & Body Lotion uses 100% natural allergen free fragrance, helping skin quickly regain strength and is suitable for adults and babies.

British skincare brand SBC, has poured their expertise, passion, dedication and extensive knowledge into its collections, inspired by nature’s most potent and active forces.