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NATURAL BEAUTY

Have you ever wondered whether incorporating garden produce into your beauty regime has merit? Cucumber on the eyes? Alternatives to chemical products? Susie Kearley investigates some strange natural beauty ideas

REFRESHMENT FOR THE EYES

Placing cucumber on your eyes is a classic example of using garden produce to enhance your appearance, but does it actually do anything? Experts say cucumber revitalises and firms the skin, can eliminate dark circles, and may reduce puffiness. This is because the ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and caffeic acid (an antioxidant) in cucumbers can reduce water retention.

HOW DID I GET ON?

When I put slices of cucumber on my eyes, the first thing that struck me was, it’s cold! This experience might be more comfortable if your cucumber hasn’t been in the fridge. The cucumber juice did reduce the dryness around my eyes, so perhaps regular use would have a revitalising effect.

SUN PROTECTION

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