I remember the hot summer days in Amsterdam when I was a little girl and my mom and I would take the train to the beach.
It was so much fun to play (almost) naked in the sand, run around and collect seashells.
I guess not much has changed since then!
The water was freezing cold and because it’s the north sea, it never really warms up, but either way I loved swimming around, trying not to bump up into any jellyfish.
At the end of the day I would get a soft serve ice cream cone which I had been looking forward to all day long.
Back on the train which was packed with red-tanned people going back to Amsterdam and surroundings, my skin would start to feel very warm and a bit tight.
Despite the sunscreen, staying out of the sun when it was at its hottest and wearing a hat, I’d still notice I’d been outside in the sun for many hours.
My mom had a remedy for that – she would put cucumber peels on her and my face and anywhere on the body where it was needed.
The rest of the cucumber would go into the salad she made for dinner.
The sensation of having cold cucumber on your skin was amazing, the coolness and juiciness were quickly absorbed by my skin and provided much needed relief.
Cucumbers contain as much as 95% water, which makes them so hydrating. They also contain several antioxidants such as vitamin C and beta-carotene and the anti-inflammatory flavonol.
Perfect for skin that needs some extra hydration and care.
You can read more about the amazing health benefits of cucumber here.
I like using them in this simple, divine cucumber aloe vera lotion with coconut milk.
You only need 3 ingredients and it’s literally done in a few minutes.
Aloe Vera is a true miracle plant that has been used throughout history for both internal and external uses.
It’s a popular ingredient in skincare as it deeply moisturizes the skin, stimulates the growth of new cells, has anti-inflammatory properties, is rich in antioxidants, speeds up the healing process of damaged skin and is very soothing for skin conditions such as eczema, acne, psoriasis and sunburnt skin.
Coconut milk is the white liquid made from grated coconut meat blended with water.
It is very moisturizing and provides the skin with fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.
It also helps maintain skin elasticity and has anti-aging properties.
These three combined make a very nourishing product that takes care of your skin, especially when it needs extra care such as during the summer season.
1/4 cup coconut milk
juice of 1 cucumber
1/4 cup of aloe vera gel
If you’re using canned coconut milk, choose one that is as natural as possible or you can make your own coconut milk.
The peel of the cucumber has the largest amount of nutrients, but it needs to be washed properly. I like using an organic vegetable wash for it or soak it for 10 minutes in a bowl with water and baking soda and then scrub it.
Blend the cucumber and strain it through a sieve to separate the liquid.
I use fresh aloe vera gel from my own plants, but you can also buy the gel ready-made.
Blend everything and gently massage the cucumber aloe vera lotion with coconut milk into your skin.
For an extra cooling effect, put all the ingredients in the refrigerator for a few hours prior to preparing the lotion.
Aloe vera can leave stains on your clothes, so it’s best to rinse the lotion off before you get dressed if it hasn’t been fully absorbed.