The swim club is closed, the kids are back in school and I’m starting to think about the gorgeous chunky knits, leather boots and denim that I’ve been seeing in all my favorite stores. But, if history repeats itself (and believe me it does,) before packing up my summer clothing and welcoming fall with open arms I’m pretty sure we’ll be experiencing a bit of an Indian summer once again.
Since I like to be prepared, I’ll be arming myself with some cooling cucumber beauty products and I suggest you do the same. Dr. Sunanda Chugh, owner of NYC Anand medical spa, recommends using products that contain active, natural ingredients. “Cucumber has been used in beauty regimens forever for its refreshing, astringent, detoxing and skin-soothing properties. It has a light, fresh scent and is known soften, de-puff and cool on contact,” she says.
Check out these extra special cuke-infused beauty products that’ll keep you from feeling all hot and bothered when the temperature soars. They’ll help you keep your cool now and all year long:
Le Mieux O2 Calming Gel ($24) contains 13 botanical extracts including skin soothing, refreshing cucumber extract, and other natural, skin-loving ingredients. The gel formula immediately conditions and hydrates as it goes to work relieving dry, dehydrated, burning, stinging, sensitive or irritated skin. You’ll want to use this multi-tasking gel on your face anytime, even post-extraction, post-peel or post-other-skin-treatments to help calm inflammation. You’ll also appreciate it post-sun or post-shave and as a massage gel.
Masque BAR by Look Beauty Cucumber Sheet Mask ($10 for 3 masks) will help restore and rehydrate thanks to Cucumber Extract, Collagen and Vitamin E. To use, simply unfold and apply the mask to a freshly cleansed and dry face. Use gentle pressure with your fingertips to smooth the mask into place so it’s in contact with every area. For best results, keep on for 20 to 30 minutes before gently peeling off.
Earth Therapeutics Recover-E Cucumber Eye Pads ($6 for 5 one-time-use pairs), applied over the eyes for up to 30 minutes while reclining will instantly soothe on contact and work to relieve and diminish puffiness and dark under-eye circles. These pre-moistened pads contain cucumber, aloe green tea, chamomile and vitamin E. For best results, use 3 times per week the first week and 2 times per week thereafter for additional improvement and maintenance. Note: For an extra refreshing, eye-opening boost keep pads refrigerated before using.
eos Every Day Hand Lotion in Cucumber ($2.50) infuses skin with moisture so hands stay velvety soft for up to 24 hours. It has a light, cucumber scent you’ll love combined with nourishing shea butter, aloe, oats and protective antioxidants for a fast-absorbing, non-greasy, skin-softening finish.
Rimmel Wonder’Lash Lift Me Up Eye-Awakening Volume Lift Mascara ($9) will immediately wake up tired-looking eyes. It has a tech-advanced precision brush that actually pushes your lashes up and out from your lash line for an uplifted, more wide-awake eyes look. Its volume-enhancing formula is also infused with ultra nourishing vitamins and cucumber extract so it conditions and revitalizes each and every lash. Available in two shades, Black and Extreme Black.