Benefits of Cucumber Peel Extract
Oh, we do love this one! The benefits of cucmber peel extract (Cucumis sativus) are so good for your skin in many ways. Take a look for yourself!
Antioxidants! Ya gotta love these little guys for helping you with the anti-aging battle. Caffeic acid along with naturally occuring vitamin C add to the antioxidants effects.
Other polyphenols include coumaric acid, gallic acid and trans-cinnamic acid, which all serve to boost the anti-oxidant factor. And as a bonus, both coumaric and cinnamic acid offer some UV protection!
Additional vitamins are E and A which contributes to the free-radical damage that occurs over time, especially with sun exposure. Vitamin E may be beneficial to repair skin damage from acne. A 2011 study noted the benefits of cucumber peel extract in a cream to produce pronounced "decrease in melanin content of the skin showing that the formulation has skin whitening effects. The cream produced a pronounced decrease in skin sebum content showing that the formulation has anti-acne effects." http://www.academicjournals.org/ajb/PDF/pdf2011/14Feb/Akhtar%20et%20al.pdf
Some of the anti-inflammatory effects may be from the p-hydroxybenzoic acid found in cucumber peel (closely related to salicyclic acid) which also has an analgesic effect.
Benefits of cucumber peel extract also come its minerals of potassium, magnesium, enzymes and silica. All of these components add to your strong cell growth and rejuvenation. The benefits of cucumber peel extract include its anti-inflammatory, soothing and hydrating properties for the skin.
So if you're looking for a natural ingredient that is anti-inflammatory, considered soothing, can tighten your skin with some astringent qualities, while adding emolliency then you have found it! Even the glossary from The International Dermal Institute simply defines cucumber peel extract as "A cooling, healing agent that soothes irritated skin." http://www.dermalinstitute.com/us/library/glossary.html?l=C Who would have guessed all these benefits from a little gourd!