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My to-do list (or actually, my TeuxDeux list) is always monstrous. I’m not sure how it happens, but it always seems like if I cross off five items, I find 10 more to put down. Without my to do list though, I would be totally lost. I even put the most simple tasks on there to make sure they get accomplished (shower, take vitamins, etc.). One thing you’ll see on my list for every single day is the acronym “TTM”. It stands for time to myself.

I know it sounds silly that it has to go on my to do list, but if it isn’t, I’ll completely skip it. To check it off my list, all I have to do is take a few minutes to myself. It can be as quick as sitting down and petting Puppyface for 5 minutes or as time-consuming as watching a chick flick I wanted to see. The important thing is to take a few minutes (or more) everyday to do something just for me.

Recently, to fulfill my daily TTM requirement, I’ve been on a beauty treatment kick. And with the influx of cucumbers, I figured it was a great time to whip up an all natural, homemade face mask!

Some benefits of a cucumber facial (from here):

  • Cucumber has a cooling effect on the face and when it is kept on the skin for more than five minutes, it starts absorbing all the oil which is deposited in the skin pores.
  • If you have blackheads on some areas of the face, this mask can help loosen the heads and once you scrub the areas, you will get rid of the blackheads.
  • Since cucumber naturally consists of silica, it is a great source of healthy skin and nutrients for it. This replenishes the skin and makes it look younger.
  • Silica also has the ability to hold the connective tissue of the skin tightly in place and thus cucumber face masks are very useful in anti-wrinkle skincare products and anti-aging skincare products.
  • Your dark spots, dark circles, puffs under the eyes are minimized and the overall texture of skin is improved making it tighter and held back.

Making a cucumber mask at home is a breeze and takes ingredients that you probably have around in your kitchen already. You won’t get the texture of a commercial mask in a tube, but, uh, you also can’t do this with those masks in a tube:

Yummy!

Cucumber, Honey, and Oat Face Mask

Use gravity to your advantage! Put the mask on and lay down and relax for a bit while you let the mask do it’s thing. This mask won’t be “sticky” enough to stay on while you do dishes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4-1 cup oats (depending on water content of cucumber)

Directions:

  1. In a blender, pulse together yogurt and cucumber to form a paste. Pour into a bowl.
  2. Add honey and oats (1/4 cup at a time) until the mixture forms a thick paste.
  3. Give another quick spin in the blender to chop oats.
  4. Pop in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to chill and solidify
  5. Spread on face, paying special attention to on and around the eyes, and let sit for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Eat any that falls in your mouth.
  7. Wash off with warm water.

Do you homemake any of your beauty treatments?

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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19 Responses
  1. MegsFitness

    Lol! I like step 6 and giggled at it. I have this great summer blossom honey that will smell just great with this…

  2. Sarah

    Ground oats (in a coffee grinder), powdered milk, and honey make a great face scrub! I also like to add just a few drops of essential oils (usually tea tree and maybe rosemary) to witch hazel for a refreshing toner. And I don’t know if it qualifies as “making” a beauty treatment but I love to do an apple cider vinegar rinse on my hair every now and then. We have hard water where I live and it can leave my hair feeling a little residue-y and my scalp not the best, and the vinegar really helps my hair feel clean and rebalances the pH of my scalp. Great for dandruff, which I get when I’m stressed out. I usually just take maybe a 1/4 cup (I never actually measure) in a plastic tumbler and fill it w/ water right before I rinse, making sure to rub it in to the scalp. And no, the vinegar scent doesn’t longer!

    A few years ago I bought this book you would love. It’s one of those “Klutz” books meant for kids/teenagers and comes with a face scrubber and other things, and is packed with recipes for homemade skin/body care. I love it! http://www.klutz.com/kids/activity/The-Body-Book

    1. Cassie

      I do the apple cider vinegar thing too! I was actually completely no ‘poo (washing with baking soda) for a few years, but had to stop once I started coloring my hair crazy colors.

      That book looks awesome! Thanks for the suggestion!

  3. Alex

    Hello!!:)
    Being a teen i have faced the struggles of acne, i have been looking for a natural face mask that won’t affect my skin as i have really sensitive skin!
    Thank you so much, i couldn’t thank you enough. All my acne has cleared up!:))

  4. I have tried the shop bought face masks/beauty treatments, they do work(kind off) but the homemade treatments are the best.
    It is so refreshing to see homemade treatments with cucumber as it is
    one of the best for the face and body, simply because of it’s cooling effect.( I just get stuck as to what else to put with the cucumber)
    homemade treatments are the best ***** Five Star!!

    Could you possibly do one for the body at all? The arms, legs and then the individual can adapt for their whole body!!

    Thanks Cassie

  5. I like diy facial mask and now using facial mask with oatmeal, egg and apple. The recipe is very easy and effective. Ingredients: Apple, Egg Yolk, Oatmeal. Blend these 3 ingredients well. Spread the mixture all over your face. Let the mixture stay for about 20-30 minutes. Rinse it off with pure water. You can try this recipe.

  6. Diane

    I ended up making a lot. Will this keep? Can you do it daily or is this something you should only do once a week?
    Thanks so much! It was a little messy but felt really great on!

  7. Rae

    I love this simple, natural mix. Being a late twenty something, I am always looking for new beauty tricks. Sometimes i mash an avocado and leave that on my face for a while–avocados are insanely good for your skin! When I don’t have that, I sometimes use olibe oil, or preferably coconut oil as a moisturizer; great for dry skin. I’ll have to try this blend, however 🙂 looks yummy, er, I mean refreshing!

  8. Carly

    I wanted to do some kind of natural mask or scrub, due to a itchy rash. Doing research, I found that oatmeal, honey & cucumbers are all beneficial for my condition.
    What I did that made a big difference is that I started off with the oatmeal in my blender, to make what the stores sell as “colloidal” oatmeal . This made the consistency of the mixture more firm. Yes, I could do the dishes, but choose not to!
    My unmeasured recipe consists of about 1 1/2 cups oatmeal, ground very fine (don’t worry, it still had the “scrubbing” effect. Add 1/2 sliced (unpeeled) cucumber & about a tablespoon of honey (I was fortunate enough to have some orange blossom honey – all natural – unrefined (whatever that means), but it tastes delicious! And works well, also!
    Yes, making too much will store in the fridge for couple days easily.

  9. Briana

    I was wondering, does it have to be plain yogurt? Or can it be flavored? Because, all I have at the moment is peach flavored yogurt. And I’m wondering if that’ll make a difference?

    1. Cassie

      Those flavored yogurts have quite a bit of sugar in them, and I’m not sure how that’d impact your skin. I’d wait until you could get your hands on plain. 🙂

  10. Not going to lie to you but towards the end of the article, I got really hungry looking at the pictures!
    In all seriousness your site is amazing and I love the different combinations you bring to the recipes. I have written about quite a face masks on my blog using the cucumber but never even imagined about combining cucumber , honey an oats! I will do so now 🙂
    Do feel free to check out my blog. Would love to hear what you think about it – http://facemasknow.com/diy-face-mask/cucumber-face-mask/

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