Non-irritating plant extract from the gourd family (think pumpkin) that’s often reputed to be useful for puffy eyes. Claims of cucumber having anti-inflammatory or soothing properties are anecdotal, as there is no research to support this contention. However, there is research showing that the lutein component of cucumber can help suppress melanogenesis, the process that leads to skin discolorations. Also there is in vitro research showing that the constituents in cucumber can help protect skin against carcinogenic substances that cause tumors. [1, 2]
Most types of cucumber are composed of 95% water; the other constituents are primarily ascorbic acid (vitamin C), caffeic acid (an antioxidant), the mineral silica, plus other trace minerals. Like most plants, cucumber contains chemical constituents that have some amount of antioxidant activity. Cucumber does not contain fragrant components known to be irritating to skin. [3, 4]
- Kai H, Baba M, Okuyama T. Inhibitory effect of Cucumis sativus on melanin production in melanoma B16 cells by downregulation of tyrosinase expression. Planta Med. 2008;74(15):1785-8.
- Villaseñor I, Simon M, Villanueva A. Comparative potencies of nutraceuticals in chemically induced skin tumor prevention. Nutr Cancer. 2002;44(1):66-71.
- Kumar D, Kumar S, Singh J, Narender R, Vashistha B, Singh N. Free Radical Scavenging and Analgesic Activities of Cucumis sativus L. Fruit Extract. J Young Pharm.. 2010;2(4):365-8.
- Ibrahim T, El-Hefnawy H, El-Hela A. Antioxidant potential and phenolic acid content of certain cucurbitaceous plants cultivated in Egypt. Nat Prod Res.. 2010;24(16):1537-45.