February 10, 2016

FORA Mask Force: Alexia x Cucumber Face Mask

resized gifSpoil yourself and your girlfriends this Galentine’s Day with a little bit of pampering and TLC. What’s better than giving each other soothing homemade face masks?

Cucumber is more than that extra crunch you like to add to your salads. It’s the ~magic~ veggie (well, technically fruit) for reducing puffiness and dark circles around the eyes. It’s also great for soothing those painful sunburns too (summer is only six months away!).

Even Kate Moss swears by using cucumber as part of her beauty regiment. In past interviews, she’s stated that when she wakes up with a puffy face, she’ll submerge her face in a sink full of cucumber slices and ice cubes – that does the trick!

In spirit of the wonderful powers of cucumber, one of our contributors, Alexia, decided to try a homemade face mask/scrub with cucumber and exfoliating baking soda.

The Recipe

Here’s what you’ll need to recreate this mask:

+ 1/3 of a cucumber

+ 1 teaspoon of baking soda

+ a grater, a cutting board, a knife, measuring spoons, and 2 bowls as tools


The Process

First, you want to finely grate 1/3 of the cucumber with your grater, on the cutting board. The cutting board makes for easier cleanup because as you grate the cucumber, you’ll find that it releases a lot of water, creating a small mess.


After, just scoop up the mushy pieces (that were just grated) and put them in a bowl. Put that aside for a moment.


Now simply measure out the teaspoon of baking soda. It’s a good idea to measure it over a separate bowl because if you accidentally over pour, you won’t ruin the mixture with the cucumber.


Once the ratio of each ingredient is proportionate to one another, it’s time to combine the mixture. Pour in the baking soda with the cucumber, then stir.


Voila – that’s it! It’s super easy to make this face mask recipe. All you need to do is slather it on your face. Scrub it around to exfoliate the dead skin before letting it sit for about five minutes. The baking soda will gently scrape off that dead skin that lives on your face. Once that layer is gone, your skin will absorb moisture a lot easier (and your makeup will apply nicer).

The Final Result

In terms of prep difficulty, this recipe is extremely easy to make and doesn’t take long! The mess isn’t too bad either. All I had to do was wash the utensils I used to create the mask and the bowls. When I took off the mask, I put the excess in a plastic bag and disposed of it. Doing this rather than washing it down the sink will prevent clogging.

My personal results weren’t positive though. Since I have extremely sensitive skin, this mask actually IRRITATED my skin. Specifically, the baking soda is what caused skin irritation because it’s too abrasive.

I don’t recommend this mask for people who have sensitive, delicate skin. If this is the case, I strongly advise you to be  extremely careful about what you put on your face.

If your skin isn’t sensitive, this mask would probably be a lot more of a successful, relaxing experience for you.

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Posted by Alexia Kapralos in Beauty
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