What is Cucumber Extract?
Cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract is a mineral and vitamin rich plant extract which is nonsensitizing to skin. It is proven to have a high concentration of water (above 95%) and is beneficial in skincare due to its antioxidant, skin conditioning and anti-inflammatory soothing effect.
Cucumber Extract contains vitamins C, E & K, antioxidant caffeic acid, fatty acids, amino acids and polysaccharides. A study in 2011 has also revealed cucumber as a good ingredient for anti-wrinkle treatments due to its rich concentration of vitamin C.
Skin benefits of Cucumber
Cucumber effectively conditions skin because of its rich composition of polysaccharides. Cucumber is an excellent base when combined with powerful mositurising ingredients.
Cucumber has a soothing and cooling effect that helps to reduce redness and irritation. It is also widely used for treating sunburn and insect bites as it helps take the sting out of the affected area.
Cucumber provides protective benefits as it will help fight off free radicals which damage and age the skin.
Reduces dark circles
Rich in vitamin K, cucumber is known to improve the healing of bruises and due to its high concentration of vitamin C, it will also help brighten the skin.
Why We Use Cucumber Extract
Cucumber is widely recognised and proven in clinical studies to have positive benefits on skin health. When combined with active ingredients. cucumber provides protection, soothing and hydrating effects, and acts as an all round multifunctional ingredient.
“When selecting cucumber extract we were thinking of people who suffer with skin sensitivities, especially around the eye area. We knew it would soothe irritated skin and provide a refreshing feeling but, most importantly, it would protect delicate skin. Benefits of cucumber for skin are widely documented and trusted.” - Shelley Martin, Co-Founder & New Product Development Lead
Cucumber Skincare Products
Eye Repair 15ml
We have combined cucumber extract with super hydrating peptide complex Hydra Advance™ and shea butter to boost collagen production, reduce puffiness, deeply hydrate, smooth and protect. This is an all round eye cream, suitable for all skin types, whilst addressing crows feet and signs of ageing around the eye area.
Soothing Eye Makeup Remover 100ml
A refreshing, soothing and cooling eye makeup remover, that doubles up as a treatment for tired eyes. Formulated with cucumber, vitamin E and pro-vitamin B5 it deeply hydrates, protects and refreshes the eye area. Suitable for eyelash extensions and contact lens wearers.
Revitalising Toner 200ml
Leaves a glowing complexion with a simple spritz throughout the day. Vitamin C and cucumber work together to brighten, soothe irritation and increase hydration across the facial area. Together with Sodium PCA, the toner protects the skin's barrier and reduces signs of ageing by hydrating and plumping the skin.
Who cucumber Is Best For
We often get asked:
Is cucumber good for oily skin?
Is cucumber good for sensitive skin?
The answer is simply, yes! It's a great all-rounder.
Cucumber in skincare is ideal for all skin types, including those with sensitive skin. It is particularly beneficial for those with sensitive eyes, dark circles, active acne, sunburn, hormonal breakouts, skin blemishes and dry skin. Cucumber extract is suitable for everyday use.
Things to Consider Before Using Cucumber
The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) expert panel has found cucumber as safe in topical cosmetics. It is not a known allergen and is classified as non-sensitizing to skin which means it provides a natural fragrance to enhance skincare products.