Cucumber Avocado Mask and Gazpacho
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 30 minutes
2 small organic cucumbers (around 7 inches)
1 handfuls fresh mint
1 clove garlic, small
1 handful fresh basil
Salt and pepper to taste Orange bell pepper
Olive oil 1 avocado
Roughly chop cucumbers with the skin on and mint. Place in food processor until pulpy, smooth. In a small bowl set aside 1 tablespoon for your mask.
For the Gazpacho: To the food processor, add roughly chopped shallot, garlic, and basil. Squeeze in the juice from half the lemon and the salt and pepper. Purée until smooth yet pulpy. Add more lemon juice or water as needed for taste and desired consistency. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving. Garnish with a diced orange pepper, sliced avocado, and a drizzle of olive oil.
For the Mask: Take cucumber mint pulp and blend with 2 tablespoons of avocado by smashing it together with a fork and spoon. Apply a thick layer to clean skin and relax for 7-10 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Rinse again with cool water. Apply your favorite toner, serum, and moisturizer. Your skin will be deeply hydrated and glowing.
About the Ingredients:
Cucumbers: are high in vitamin K, B vitamins, and vitamin C. Vitamin K is excellent in helping the eliminations of dark circles under the eyes. Vitamin C is a super anti-oxidant and B vitamins help the body respond to stress in a healthy and clear manner. Cucumber skins are rich in insoluble fiber which helps keep your intestines clean and clear; an essential factor in maintaining healthy, glowing skin. In Ayurveda, cucumbers are used to dispel excess heat (in the stomach). They also help to cool inflammation in the body and are a great way to stay hydrated in the hot summer months.
Avocado: Avocados offer amazing skin benefits internally and externally. They are high in antioxidant carotenoids, (free radical scavengers) that provide protection from environmental damage that exacerbates the visible signs of aging—fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration. Internally theses carotenoids have been shown to increase the density, thickness, and overall appearance of the skin. Avocados are also a good source of Vitamin C, an anti-oxidant supporting the production of collagen and elastin providing protection from the development of deeper lines and creases. This super green fruit also contain Vitamin E, an anti-oxidant with the ability to reduce the damaging effects of UVA and UVB radiation. And finally, avocados are high in mono-saturated fats which are excellent (internally and externally) for moisturizing the epidermis and regenerating damaged skin cells.