A Cool Comeback for Cucumber Skin Care
The cucumber, an age old spa cliche, is possibly on its way to a comeback, although not in the way you might think. A new U.K. study found that certain fruits and vegetables may hydrate the body twice as effectively as a glass of water. The minerals, sugars and hydrating salts in these raw foods work in a similar way to hydrating sports drinks according to researchers at the University of Aberdeen who concluded that eating foods such as watermelon, cucumbers, papaya and celery could hydrate people better than sports drinks and even water itself.
Watermelons are 92 percent water in addition to being rich in rehydration salts calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium, and also Vitamin C, beta carotene and lycopene which can help protect the body from UV radiation.
Cucumbers can produce twice the amount of hydration as plain water due to their 96 percent water makeup and mineral balance.
Body hydration is essential to maintaining healthy and youthful skin. Moisturizing products can only go so far if you are not hydrating from the inside-out as well as outside-in. Next time you think about putting cucumber slices on your eyes, you may want to consider eating them instead.
More information at the Daily Mail Online.