When rehydrated in water, cucumber powder feels cooling on the skin, which is why the vegetable is so often used to reduce swelling and puffiness. As well as cooling the skin, it helps the skin to retain moisture, leaving it soft and smooth.
Like melons, the cucumber is part of the gourd family (Cucurbitaceae) and is cultivated all around the world. In order to make cucumber powder, the fruits are harvested, washed and trimmed before being dehydrated and ground into a powder.
Although cucumbers are 90% water, they’re also packed with vitamins and minerals that benefit the skin: vitamin C is thought to increase collagen and elastin production, tackle sun damage and smooth fine lines; vitamin B helps the skin to retain moisture, and silica, which is found in the dark green peel, helps to firm the skin. Cucumber is also a natural cleanser and astringent, which can help to clear blemishes and acne.