Between the cold, dry air outside and the dry, heated air recirculated indoors, winter is notorious for drying out skin. I’ve found that I have to switch up my skincare regimen depending on the season. For winter, I usually change my moisturizing cream to something a little heavier. To help my moisturizer do its job, I usually exfoliate about once a week. Most of the time I use a commercial product, but occasionally I get inspired to mix up my mom’s homemade cucumber face masque.
I like the coolness of the cucumber and the odd, tightening feeling as the masque would slowly harden (though not completely). Best of all is the silky-soft and smooth feeling of the skin after the masque is wiped off with the washcloth—like a clean baby’s bottom.
The ingredients remind me of tzatziki, a Greek condiment for gyros or souvlaki. There’s a lot to like about this masque—it’s cheap, simple, and all-natural. Make it a party—invite the girls and boys to try it out. You will definitely feel a difference.
Grandma Lee’s Homemade Cucumber Face Masque Recipe
Cucumber (about 3 inches)
Plain yogurt (about 1/3 cup)
Lemon juice—ideally freshly squeezed (about 1 tsp)
Oatmeal—instant or old-fashioned, not steel-cut (about 1/3 cup or more or less—enough to give the mask some substance)
Grate or puree cucumber and add in yogurt, lemon juice, and oatmeal. Mix well. Make sure hair is pulled back away from face before applying masque. Apply masque on face (avoiding eye area) and let it dry on face for about 15-20 minutes or for as long as you’d like. Remove with warm washcloth.
Note: I highly recommend removing the gunk over a trash can or at the kitchen sink which has a garbage disposal or at least a debris collector so as not to clog up the pipes.
- Don’t go overboard with the lemon juice. It can really sting and do more harm than good.
- If you have very sensitive skin, consider just using the grated cucumber. Put cheesecloth (or washcloth or handkerchief) over face after putting on the grated cucumber to keep everything from sliding off.
- Remember the mantra for good skin—exfoliate, moisturize, hydrate (drink plenty of water), and protect from sun.