How do cucumbers help your eyes?
If you’ve ever put cucumber slices on your eyes, you know how refreshing it feels. That is one reason this simple, soothing treatment remains such a mainstay of the spa experience. But are there any actual benefits, beyond the pleasing sensation, to laying a pair of cucumber slices against your over-taxed eyes? How do cucumbers help your eyes?
It turns out that this versatile vegetable can refresh both our eyes and the skin around them. Given the amount of time that most of us spend staring at our computers and other electronic devices, it’s no wonder that we are left with red, puffy eyes at the end of the day. Just like any cold compress, chilled cucumbers on the eyes constrict the blood vessels which can relieve inflammation. However, cucumbers have the additional advantage of containing Vitamin C and caffeic acid, which is also found in coffee, both of which alleviate the inflammation that causes puffiness.
Many experts dismiss the role that antioxidants and other compounds found in cucumbers play in decreasing swelling and irritation, attributing any positive results to the cold rather than the vegetable itself. They argue that simply applying a cool cloth to your eyes can achieve the same results. However, there is no compelling evidence that indicates cucumbers don’t offer advantages over other cold compresses when it comes to healing tired, puffy eyes. Even if you reject the notion that cucumbers contain any specific properties that can treat eye strain and irritation, the lightweight nature of the slices combined with the way they contour to the eyelid, can make this a better treatment option than an ice pack.
Since they contain such a high percentage of water, almost 95%, cucumbers are an effective natural moisturizer. You will find cucumber included in the ingredients of several popular skin care products. This can help rejuvenate the skin near the eyes and leave you with a more youthful appearance. If you are plagued with dark circles under your eyes, there is a temporary solution in your vegetable crisper. By constricting the blood vessels near the surface of the skin, cucumbers can temporarily reduce ugly, dark circles. Again, it isn’t a cure but it is a handy cosmetic hack to remember when you need to look your best.
Now that you know how cucumbers help your eyes you may be tempted to use them solely for this purpose. Make sure to save plenty for salads and snacking. Eating cucumbers can be even more beneficial to your health than putting them on your eyes.