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Why Do People Put Cucumbers on Their Eyes?

Last week on another one of my wild nights, I caught a TV rerun of The Princess Diaries. Since it's pretty much tied for your favorite movie makeover, do you remember the part when Paolo says the "cucumbers do nothing" during her beautification? This jumped out at me . . . 'cause it's not quite true!

While its exact benefits aren't scientifically proven, there are a few things about this fruit that can be quite beneficial:

  • The 95 percent water. The cucumbers' high content of water provides a naturally hydrating effect. Because they are colder than skin temperature, they can reduce puffiness in the same way that a cold compress would – by removing heat and shrinking swollen tissue.
  • The other 5 percent. The flesh of cucumbers also contains ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and caffeic acid, both of which help soothe skin irritations and reduce swelling.

I'd say don't knock it 'til you try it – so have you?


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ashleyroselong ashleyroselong 8 years
I tried it one time when I woke up with really puffy eyes, and within 5 minutes my eyes reduced in half
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
I tried it once and wound up eating them so I don't anymore.
Ladytron7000 Ladytron7000 8 years
I keep skinless slices between wax paper in my freezer. Put a slice in my water to de-bloat after a night out, and after it thaws a bit, swipe it around my eyes like toner. I have major puffage, and this is the best thing for it.
akroque91 akroque91 8 years
I've also thought of the statement from the movie, but never thought to actually see if it works or not. Thanks for the post.
emalove emalove 8 years
I've actually never done this or really had the desire to. But maybe I will sometime!
care0531 care0531 8 years
I bought cucumber pads that were from Avon or something. They did work when I had time to use them.
lizzy51 lizzy51 8 years
whenever i try it, my eyes actually puff up and get itchy, i'm thinking i'm probably allergic, although i love eating them!
elle619 elle619 8 years
I've done it too!
elle619 elle619 8 years
I've done it too!
KadBunny KadBunny 8 years
Yes :D and I totally agree. The effects aren't super dramatic obviously but they definitely do <i>something</i>.
KadBunny KadBunny 8 years
Yes :D and I totally agree. The effects aren't super dramatic obviously but they definitely do something.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I've done it. :)
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I've done it. :)
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