The Basic Cucumber Gel Mask Recipe is:
2 Tablespoons Strained Cucumber Juice & a quarter teaspoon unflavoured Gelatin powder. Dissolve, use and store. Simple, soothing & effective.
“Cucumber is full of anti-inflammatory properties, as well as antioxidants and nutrients like vitamin C and folic acid, cucumbers make a nourishing ingredient for a face mask, and a good base for adding other ingredients that can benefit your skin, like honey, aloe vera, or oatmeal”
Below is the full, recipe, but why keep it simple when you have other things in your home or garden which can add even more nutrients, soothing and fabulousness!
I added Aloe gel, Avocado, Strawberries, Lavender and Nasturtiums and omitted the Gelatin as the consistency was lovely and the effect more soothing, cooling and nutritious. The added bonus is that my Vegan friends can also try it.
With Avo in, I did not strain it, so it is more like a divinely soothing, light exfoliating & deep moisterising mask.
2 grams of unflavoured gelatine
30 ml clear strained fresh (organic if possible) cucumber juice
Bloom the gelatine for 30 minutes to an hour.*
Cut the cucumber into chunks.
Blend in a blender until pulp like and strain to get a clear liquid. (Or use a juicer)
Mix with the bloomed gelatine with lukewarm water until dissolved
Add the cucumber juice and stir until it thickens. Heat destroys many nutrients so keep it cool.
Put it into a jar, it will last for up to a week in the fridge door.
Use it like any mask.
Leave it on your face until it dries completely.
Remove the mask from the chin up and wash your face with cold water. Dab, not rub dry.
Apply your preferred hydrating face cream and feel fresh and fabulous!
* This is Science : )
Blooming gelatin is a step integral to ensuring the smooth texture of a finished product. It involves sprinkling the powdered gelatin into a little cold liquid (2 grams to 10 ml) and letting it sit, soften and swell. It dissolves easily, quickly and beautifully in any (not too acidic) lukewarm liquid once properly bloomed.