The cucumbers we use come from our very own fields. We harvest the cucumbers, clean them, and then blend them in a water and alcohol solution. We allow the cucumber solution to sit for a few days. Afterwards, we filter the solution, and in a vacuum, we evaporate the alcohol from it. What is left is a stable extract of the cucumber fruit, that preserves all of its beneficial components.
The cucumber extract we prepare is a truly exceptional skincare ingredient, because it blends seamlessly into skincare formulations, while also improving oily, dull, dehydrated and puffy skin.
For oily skin types, cucumber has been shown to mattify the skin, preventing it from looking shiny and greasy. This is thanks to the presence of vitamin A, a nutrient that is able to control oil production when applied topically. Cucumber has also proven itself able to brighten a dull complexion and fade away dark marks, thanks to an impressive quantity of caffeic acid and vitamin C. Lastly, it can help diminish unsightly puffiness, especially around the eyes, thanks to its astringent collection of polyphenols, including cinnamic acid and coumaric acid.
At Nairian, we often use cucumber extract as a replacement to water, because it is already rich in water but it also contains polysaccharides, which improve the overall absorption of the product into the skin.
Because of its hydrating and absorption boosting properties, we use it in our Toner. For its de-puffing and brightening capabilities, it is a must in our Under Eye Treatment. Its ability to mattify the skin, especially before makeup, makes it an important component of our Oil-Free Moisturizer.
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