Maybe your poor skin never fully recovered from winter, or perhaps you’re always on the hunt for that elusive radiant glow.
Wherever your quest for gorgeous, hydrated skin begins, we can meet you there.
Learn how to stop dullness in its tracks with one superpowered organic ingredient – and the six steps you can add to your beauty routine for an absolutely flawless face.
Cool as a Cucumber
We’re not going to lie – sometimes we daydream about the cucumber-infused ice water served at spas. It’s so cool! So invigorating!
Now you can finally tap into that oh-so-refreshing feeling when you’re getting ready in front of your lighted mirror. Sure cucumber water tastes good – but what can it actually do to transform dry damaged skin?
For starters, cucumbers naturally contain a ton of water, in addition to antioxidants like vitamin C – which defend against environmental aggressors; vitamin A – which helps even out skin tone; and vitamin K – which can brighten even the darkest undereye circles.
“Cucumbers contain flavonoids and antioxidants that decrease swelling, redness and irritation,” dermatologist Amy Wechsler told The Huffington Post.
“They also provide a cooling effect that helps shrink dilated blood vessels, therefore reducing the appearance of puffy eyes,” she added.
That’s why spas don’t just include cucumbers in the drinking water – the cool slices also make perfect under eye treatments (like in this easy DIY mask you can put together in your own kitchen).
In addition to being a powerful de-puffer, cucumber also helps erase the effects of aging, thanks to a healthy dose of antioxidants.
“Cucumbers contain vitamin C and caffeic acid, two antioxidants that, when applied to skin, help fend off wrinkles, sun damage and more,” Wechsler told HuffPo readers.
Whether you’ve been spending too many nights in a row bingeing on Netflix or your skin just needs a pick-me-up, cucumber’s got the juice you need to give your next facial a major boost.
Pencils out? Here are six steps you can to take to transform dull, dry skin into a stunning healthy glow:
1. Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate
The tip that’s so important, we had to say it three times.
Especially if the sensitive areas of your face are suffering from flaky, dry patches – all too common in harsh Northeastern winters – it’s crucial to exfoliate away dead skin.
If left to their own devices, expired skin cells can build up and prevent moisturizer from doing its job.
According to dermatologist Jeannette Graf, this phenomenon is also a trick of the light.
"Your complexion looks radiant when it's smooth enough to reflect light," Graf explained to Allure. “Dead skin cells pile up, diffusing the light and making skin dull," she added.
Make exfoliating with a light scrub – or a washcloth with your regular cleanser – a part of your nighttime routine once a month, suggests Kristin Appenbrink at Glamour.
This will prevent buildup of dead skin cells and leave plenty of room for a hydrating ingredient like cucumber juice to work its magic on your pores.
2. Cleanse and Tone
Since we already know you’re a super-informed beauty maven, cleansing and toning is likely an important part of your daily ritual.
But if it’s dewy hydrated skin you’re after, then give yourself an edge with the nourishing, hydrating power of cucumber.
In addition to vitamin C, cucumbers contain other goodies that give you that just-out-of-the-shower feeling of refreshment.
“Pantothenic acid, or vitamin B-5…[in cucumbers] helps your skin retain moisture,” explains Andrea Cespedes at Livestrong.
Get ready for your complexion to glow.
From our catalog: Our Cucumber Cleansing Foam will gently detox your skin as chamomile and green coffee oil magnify its soothing, anti-inflammatory effects. Round out your routine with our Cucumber Emulsion Tonique, which nourishes skin and balances pH after cleansing. Other toners can dry out sensitive skin, but our tonique will help you retain moisture where you need it most.
3. Zap Undereye Circles
One of the most sensitive areas on our face, the skin right beneath our eyes is so thin that when its fragile capillaries burst from lack of circulation – thanks, fatigue! – the skin can puff and discolor.
Thank goodness there’s a cure for it. In addition to logging between 7 and 8 hours catching Z’s, you can combat dark circles with a strategic routine.
“In the morning, apply a cold compress for about five minutes to constrict the blood vessels,” dermatologist Jeannette Graf told Real Simple. Then, “use an eye cream with caffeine, which helps constrict vessels.”
From our catalog: Kick undereye circles to the curb with our Cucumber Replenishing Eye Cream. Made specifically to soothe the delicate eye area, this cream is packed full of caffeine and antioxidants – including vitamins C and E – to reduce signs of fatigue.
4. Revamp Your Moisturizer
If your skin never seems to stay hydrated, it’s time to bring in the big guns.
Eliminate harsh cleansers that zap the natural oils from your face, and get serious about convincing the moisture you do have to stick around.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “ointments and creams are more effective and less irritating than lotions. Look for a cream or ointment that contains an oil such as olive oil or jojoba oil.”
Other moisture-rich ingredients include hyaluronic acid, which encourages water molecules to stick around and hydrate your skin.
As soon as you hop out of the shower, use a moisturizing cream or serum to lock in extra moisture.
From our catalog: Our Cucumber Hydrating Moisturizer plumps up thirsty skin cells to make your complexion appear supple and soft, while hyaluronic acid locks in long-lasting hydration. If you’re looking for a more concentrated attack on dry, dull skin, try our Cucumber Renewal Serum. This lightweight formula hydrates thirsty skin cells with an instant water overload. A blend of nutrients with potent antioxidants help keep your skin looking youthful, supple, and healthy.
5. Pamper Your Pores
While there’s plenty you can do on a daily basis to keep your skin soft and supple, those who suffer from chronic dryness might need a little extra TLC.
Our favorite treatment? A hydrating facial mask designed to lock moisture in and rejuvenate skin.
“A hydrating mask restores moisture balance,” explains Jenna Birch at Shape. “These typically contain emollients, humectants and moisturizers that will deliver water molecules on to the skin surface.”
From our catalog: Try our Green Tea Water Bomb Mask for a real hydration boost. A natural humectant, hyaluronic acid helps trap moisture on the skin, while antioxidants from green tea and aloe vera help soothe and tighten.
6. Stay Hydrated. Literally
One of the best things you can do for parched skin? Make sure you’re drinking enough H2O. No matter what season it is, more water will help your skin find much-needed balance.
Even though there are few funded studies that research the effect water has on skin, dermatologists overwhelmingly notice a difference in client skin when they’re packing away plenty of H2O.
“I’ve found that water makes a big difference in skin health,” Dr. Rachel Nazarian told Women’s Health.
“Without adequate water intake, skin appears duller, and wrinkles and pores more prominent.”
Nazarian suggests drinking “eight to ten eight-ounce servings” of water per day to feel energized, decrease breakouts, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
If you’ve been on the hunt for a natural, nutrient-rich source of major hydration, we hope you’ll add organic cucumber juice to your list.
This veggie has plenty of superpowers to spare, including vitamins and antioxidants poised to give your skin a youthful, healthy glow.
Plus, with our six tips for attaining perfectly moisturized skin, you’ll be on track to banish dull, dry skin for good.
How do you beat the winter blues? Tell us your favorite strategies for combating dry cheeks and ashy elbows in the comments below: