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Hydrating Cucumber, Apple & Pear Face Cleanser Recipe

Updated on August 4, 2013
Hydrating Cucumber, Apple & Pear Face Cleanser Recipe
Hydrating Cucumber, Apple & Pear Face Cleanser Recipe | Source

Good Enough To Eat ~

Is it a smoothie, or maybe a fruit salad? Is it half a tzatziki recipe?

Just maybe it is all of the above with the twist of being a skin friendly cleanser ideal for normal and dry skin types. All the ingredients in this food for the skin recipe work together in promoting healthy skin.

Using fresh ingredients with a limited shelf life ensures you receive the maximum nutritional benefits for your skin.

Let's take a look at the ingredients used; honey, yogurt, apple, pear, mint and cucumber.

Honey

has everything you need for survival
has everything you need for survival | Source

Face Cleansing

 cleansing the skin
cleansing the skin | Source

An Apple a Day

buy organic or grow your own apples
buy organic or grow your own apples | Source

Pear Benefits

Ingredients Info ~

Honey retains water on the skin which helps keep it soft supple and moisturized.

It has gentle exfoliating properties and may be used on all skin types, even sensitive skins proving its versatility.

Rich in antioxidants it zaps all those unwanted free radicals responsible for premature ageing so promotes a more youthful appearance. Used alone or as a binder it is a powerhouse of skin benefits.

Using honey in your cleanser will make your skin flourish.

Yogurt is soothing, nourishing and contains lactic acid which works wonders on refining the pores, exfoliating dead skin cells and helps stimulate the collagen in the skin.

A natural cleanser it combines with many simple household ingredients for skin care treatments.

Apple ACV or apple cider vinegar is known to help smooth the skin while refining the pores and clearing pathogens and excess oil thus preventing the formation of pimples or acne.

Apple have always been associated as a healthy fruit to include in our diet and help promote a clearer, brighter smoother complexion with Vitamin C and K, over 80% water content and various nutrients.

Organic apples are well worth sourcing as apples are one of the top 12 worst foods for pesticide residue.

Pear is known as the anti-ageing fruit, whether you eat it or apply it on the skin.

The high fibre content contributes to improving collagen in the skin and the pear is rich in Vitamin C and K, 2 major antioxidants fighting off the cell damaging free radicals.

Mint leaves contain salicylic acid which helps prevent the pores clogging which results in a clearer complexion.

It is a herb with soothing, calming properties helping to reduce any irritated skin. The juice from the mint leaves contains Vitamin A which strengthens skin tissue.

Cucumber is one of the most cost effective and beneficial fruits for skin care.

With over 90% water content it instantly hydrates the skin, reduces dark circles under the eyes, minimizes fine lines and leaves the skin soft and supple.

Known for their cooling effect on the skin they also contain antioxidants, vitamins and silica which promote a healthier rejuvenated skin.

Apples & Pears

the fruits of the gods
the fruits of the gods | Source

Yogurt

make your own yogurt at home
make your own yogurt at home | Source

Baby Soft Skin

as soon as we hit puberty hormones kick in
as soon as we hit puberty hormones kick in | Source

Normal Skin ~

This tends to be the rarest of skin types. Hormones start changing once puberty kicks in and skin tends to become more oily while as we age the skin becomes drier.

If you have a normal skin, everything is generally perfectly balanced with cell renewal working in conjunction with exfoliation of dead skin cells. Skin will have excellent moisture content and natural sebum and sweat will be secreted at a normal rate.

The way the skin is maintained and looked after can contribute greatly as a poor skin care regime or inadequate sun protection will have a detrimental impact on this skin type.

Normal Skin has these characteristics:

  • Skin is soft and supple to the touch.
  • Complexion is clear.
  • Skin color is even and not patchy.
  • The skin feels neither greasy nor tight.
  • Skin’s elasticity is firm.
  • The Epidermis (outer layer of the skin) feels ‘normal’ thickness, not thick or very thin.

Cucumber

cooling, soothing and hydrating on the the skin
cooling, soothing and hydrating on the the skin | Source

UV Rays

environmental factors may cause dry skin such as extended periods in sunshine
environmental factors may cause dry skin such as extended periods in sunshine | Source

Dry Skin ~

Dry skin can be caused by a variety of factors. It can be caused by environmental factors drying it, it can be hereditary, as a result of under-active sebaceous glands or the skins ability to retain moisture has been disrupted such as medication.

Dry Skin Characteristics would typically be:

  • Skin often appears flaky.
  • Skin is often pale in color.
  • Skin may look prematurely aged with fine lines around the neck, eyes and lips.
  • It has under-active sebaceous glands.
  • Epidermis is often thin not thick.
  • It feels tight after washing.
  • It will often exhibit broken capillaries particularly on the cheek.

Mint

stimulating and  helps strengthen skin tissue
stimulating and helps strengthen skin tissue | Source

Ideal Container

use this fresh recipe within 5-7 days
use this fresh recipe within 5-7 days | Source

Cleanser or smoothie floats your boat?

See results

Tutti Frutti Recipe ~

1/4 cup Yogurt

5 Slices of Apple

5 Slices of Pear

5 Slices of Cucumber

1-2 tsp Finely Chopped Mint (or 1 tsp dried mint)

Drizzle of Honey

Recycled Jar with Lid (sterilized)

Blender

Method:

  • Wash the fresh mint and place the leaves in-between paper towels to dry. Make sure the mint is completely dry.
  • Wash the apple, pear and cucumber (use organic ingredients to cut down on pesticide residue).
  • Mix all the ingredients in the blender for a few minutes to a smooth and thin consistency.
  • Pour your cleanser into your glass jar and secure with an airtight lid.
  • Store in the refrigerator and use once or twice a day as part of your daily skin care regime.

To Apply:

  • Put a tablespoon of the cleanser in-between the palms of the hands and apply to the face and neck area.
  • Massage in for a few minutes before rinsing off in tepid water.
  • Pat the skin dry and apply skin toner and moisturizer.

Tips and Suggestions ~

Make a note of when you made it and 5 – 7 days from then for the expiry date.

Make enough for a smoothie to enjoy or if you don’t think a facial cleanser is for you why not make it anyway as a nutrient rich, healthy and tasty option which will benefit the skin from the inside!

Mint and Cucumber - Ayurvedic Home Remedies

Food for Thought . . . .

Combining these ingredients fresh will provide the very best nutritional health for the skin. Each ingredient is used in small quantities yet provides enough face cleanser for approximately a weeks cleansing that costs minimal in the grand scheme of things. By choosing organic options means you and your skin benefits, so go on, give it a go and reap those benefits!

"Creating health awareness through homemade beauty solutions"

Author Info ~

Information on the author, her bio and full body of works available @ Suzie HQ

Credit to homesteadbound ~

All dividers used in this hub are used with permission granted on hub, Creating Dividers to Use on Your Hubs

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      Are you sure we cannot eat this..Sounds like a healthy recipe..Shall I pin it in recipes or beauty solutions..now there is the question...Great job and as I always say....I look forward to your hubs and have saved them all...And as you know I have also tried many of them successfully..

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Another winner, as usual! I love that it can be a face cleanser, or else a smoothie. I think I would make a big enough batch to enjoy it both ways! Love it!

      Nice pictures, too. The pretty beach one, and the absolutely adorable baby. You are creative with finding appropriate and catchy photos. I need to browse through the public domain photos sometime to find ones I can use, in case I don't have enough of my own. Sometimes it is hard to wade through dozens of boring photos to find the right one.

      I like your selection of Rajan's articles. He is certainly the "king of food" hubs! I saw one that I haven't read yet, so I will be sure to check it out.

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a wonderful weekend! I am happy there's still quite a few hours left of the day. I have tomorrow off, as well, so it's a long weekend for me :) I need it, because I have a lot to do.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      I think this is my favorte Suzie...so many good benefits with such simple ingredients. I have dry skin and problem pores...this is perfect! Thanks for working out all these natural aids and sharing them with us.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and shared.

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      I think I should rather eat the ingredients as I have neither a normal nor a dry skin, lol. Of course, this is another great recipe. Thank you for sharing it.

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      truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      You always have such great healthy solutions. Skin is so hard to take care of, so it is only fitting to use the most healthiest and freshest ingredients. I like reading about how to make natural products.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carol,

      Thanks so much and yes this one is most certainly eating or drinking also! Pin in both! LOL Appreciate you trying so many and having my desired effect, great knowing you agree with my recipes! Cheers for the great support!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      You are dead right, its what I did as Greek yogut, honey and fruit are my healthy indulgence! Thank you for your lovely comment on photo choice, I enjoy using different or unusual ones that work in a creative way. Even showing the ingredients in their natural surrounds or their flowers which many may not know about just puts a different slant to it. Enjoy your well deserved day off tomorrow and hope you find something more suited to your new apt hunting. Cheers for the support, always a real pleasure hearing from you!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      The good thing is we don't just have to make it up to go on the face, we can drink it so maybe we will be more apt to do it. Delicious, thanks! ^

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Mary,

      How lovely for you to say, thanks you are a sweetheart! I am doing a toner to match. A soothing toner that is made fresh and used within a week. Then I will do two recipes for oilier skins. I love the fresh recipes to go with the longer shelf life ones or essential oils. Tonight I massaged on some olive oil into my partner's face and he loved it after a shower. Here were the two of us in the kitchen with a bottle of EVOO going on both our faces. I love being able to do quick things like this knowing it is so good for us externally and internally. Cheers for votes and sharing Mary, much appreciated!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Janet,

      Glad you enjoyed this. Good for sensitive skin too (without the mint) and I will be doing matching toner next. Then oilier skin recipes. If not suitable for you then absolutely eat it and enjoy! Cheers for visiting and commenting, as a delight to see you :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi truthfornow,

      Thank you kindly for saying, I hope that they offer some ideas on whipping out those great ingredients we already have or can purchase easily and make into super beauty products. Appreciate your comment!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Jackie,

      On the skin or in a smoothie it is all good and healthy for us. Thanks so much Jackie, hope you give it a try sometime and save a bit for that smoothie! LOL

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      brenda12lynette 3 years ago from Utah

      It really does look good enough to eat! In fact, I do drink ACV and eat local honey daily because of all the great health benefits. This is some great information, and I look forward to trying these wonderful ingredients on my face.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Brenda,

      You are on the way already with your ACV and honey, good on you! Hope you enjoy the benefits when you start using this cleanser, thanks very much for the interest and support, I always appreciate hearing it from you!

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Another great beauty treatment, Suzie. I´m sure it´s good for my dry and aging skin. It´s worth a try. I think I will double the amount of the recipe and eat the half of it. It sounds as if I will be smelling yummy then, LOL! Thanks for sharing. Voted up and pinned to my beauty board. Take care;-)

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Another great hub Suzie; each one as good as the last. A wonderful series and I vote up.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Karen Szklany Gault 3 years ago from New England

      Hi Suzie,

      Yum! This sounds like a great cleanser to try. Will use one of my home-grown cucumbers to make it. :0)

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Original and refreshing as always! Great job, Suzie! Thanks for another awesome recipe.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      This is awesome!

      I just learned something new today: "Mint leaves contain salicylic acid which helps prevent the pores clogging" - I need this as I have very oily skin, prone to break outs. Not fun! :)

      Love, love your creative ideas on beauty stuff. Sounds delicious too.

      Up and more, pinning under Wild on Health and sharing here.

      Cheers!

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      T. Clifton 3 years ago from Buffalo, Missouri

      I can't wait to try it!

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      Karen Silverman 3 years ago

      i love this one! it's easy, i know where to get all the ingredients (lol), and then - i can eat it!

      Now - that's multi-tasking! AND recycling..

      You do us a great service here my friend. I've started one of your olive oil, lemon, and coffee grounds..

      i loook Mah-velous! can ya tell?LOL

      sharing

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      rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Sounds incredible! I have to agree that it sounds like something good enough to eat, lol! This natural hydrating cleanser sounds amazingly refreshing and I really enjoyed reading all of your insightful information. Another excellent skin care article! Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up)

      -Rose

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Suzie. This sounds and looks good enough to eat. How on earth do you come up with these great homemade recipes? Another great addition to your library. Keep them coming, you are well on your way to a successful future here with these amazing DIY home remedies. Voted up, shared, and pinned. Wonderful job Suzie, you really have this niche down to an art.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Thelma,

      Many thanks for taking time to comment, so glad you enjoyed this one! It is definitely smoothie material or as bowl of gorgeousness to devour! Cheers for your votes and pin, always great to receive!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Eddy,

      Appreciate your lovely comments, you have a great day too!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Seafarer Mama,

      Hope you do try it out and lucky you with your own supply of cucumber! Stay tuned as next one will be the skin toner to match and uses cucumber too! Thanks so much for popping in, always a delight to see!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      Many thanks so glad you enjoyed this one, it is nice and refreshing whilst working on the skin too!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Cris,

      So thankful you checked this out. Mint is a great herb for growing, multi-useful. i will be doing some mint recipes soon, thanks to bravewarrior's suggestion so if mint is for you, stay tuned! Thanks so much for your comments, votes and pin all much appreciated my friend :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi BuffaloGal,

      Go for it! Cheers, appreciate your enthusiasm!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Leslie,

      Too right, every opportunity to multi-task, that's me!! LOL So you have started one, soooo good to hear that girl!

      How are you finding that?

      Thanks so much Leslie for your constant enthusiasm for my stuff! It spurs me on when friends are reporting back their findings with different recipes. What works for me may not work for everyone hence my buzzy buzz word "tweaking", god bless whoever thought of it.

      Thanks again girlfriend and much much success with the book, can't wait!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      Cheers for your enthusiastic response to this recipe! You always bring a smile to my face! So glad you enjoyed the refreshing cleanser and yes, definitely good enough to eat! Appreciate your comments so much, thanks for stopping by and voting!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      It is very much food for face and body this one! Ideas and notions come to me, what can I say? It is interesting too looking at the ingredients of certain branded skin care and seeing if I can come up with my own less a mountain of chemicals or stuff I cannot pronounce! Many thanks for the constant that you are and it is such a pleasure growing on HP alongside you and seeing how we have developed. Cheers for the votes, shares and pin, always wonderful to receive!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      This is a terrific Hub! Thank you for sharing this information. I have tired looking eyes. I'm always searching for how to get a refreshing look besides more sleep. I didn't know pear was the anti-aging fruit.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi CraftytotheCore,

      Delighted you stopped by and checked this fresh cleanser out. I have 3 different eye treatments (an eye cream, an eye-gel and a serum) you may find useful for tired eyes or if you are prone to any puffiness, dark circles or dryness. Cucumber is particularly beneficial and I have several different recipes using this marvel! It is incredibly hydrating and gives an instant lift hence why you always see slices used in salons for the eyes. Thanks for the interest, follow and support!

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      Sheila Brown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      You always have such great, useful articles on skin care! This one sounds like it would really be beneficial for my skin type...old. (LOL) I always learn so much from your hubs and this one is no exception! Voted up, useful and pinning! :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Sheila,

      Good to see you my friend! Also over on the other channel! LOL Hope you enjoyed this it is great for slightly drier skin and regarding old, we are all older than we were yesterday! LOL Cheers for your support in voting and pin!!

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      Whistle Britchess 3 years ago

      Hello,

      I stumbled onto your Hub by sheer accident. You have the most wonderful recipes for natural remedies. Just in time I might add since today is marketing day. I read your article on castor oil as well. I am going to buy castor oil today. :) Thank you for sharing your wonderful, natural recipes.

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