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Homemade Cucumber Face Wash Recipe

Suzanne is a qualified beautician with experience as a freelance makeup artist.

 Cucumbers naturally hydrate the skin.

Cucumbers naturally hydrate the skin.

Cucumber Skin Care

Classed as a fruit and eaten as a vegetable, the cucumber is often thought of as a salad ingredient or as two slices popped on the eyelids to cool, tighten and hydrate the delicate eye area.

In fact, there are a great variety of ways to utilize this popular fruit in DIY skincare.

How many of us know recipes for cucumber face washes, homemade face masks or even refreshing cucumber spa water? Not the majority, that’s for sure.

Being cost effective, chemical-free and full of nutrients are excellent reasons to switch from store-bought toiletries to making your own, in my opinion.

Who needs the expensive face creams, lotions and potions when we can make better alternatives in our own kitchen?

Face washes are a great choice of facial cleanser if you prefer the feel of water on the skin. They are a very popular introductory skincare product for teens and ideal for men to use in the shower or after shaving.

Cucumber is incredibly beneficial for all ages, sexes and skin types including sensitive, dry, combination and oily.

It is a versatile fruit that may be used in virtually any homemade skincare recipe including soaps, cleansers, toners, face masks, exfoliators and moisturizers.

The saying "cool as a cucumber" is one that could not be more true. With over 90% water, they automatically cool down the skin.

The saying "cool as a cucumber" is one that could not be more true. With over 90% water, they automatically cool down the skin.

A member of the gourd family, cucumbers are said to have originated in India and were then brought to the European continent through the Greeks and Romans.

Today, there are a variety of different cucumbers available throughout the world, including those termed as slicing, pickling or burpless.

Yellow cucumbers are a variety extremely popular in parts of India and known as Dosakai. Round and bright yellow in appearance, these cucumbers are used in making chutney, curry, Indian pickles, daal and sambar (soup).

Beauty Benefits of Cucumber


  • Vitamins A, C and D
  • Potassium, Magnesium and Silica
  • Ascorbic Acid
  • Over 90% Water


  • Skin Brightener
  • Diminishes Freckles and Age Spots
  • Hydrates Skin
  • Cools
  • Soothes
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Astringent
  • Treats Acne
  • Fades Scars
  • Puffiness
  • Dark Circles
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A few slices of cucumber work wonders to rehydrate the delicate skin around the eye area.

A few slices of cucumber work wonders to rehydrate the delicate skin around the eye area.

Cucumber Face Wash

This recipe uses ingredients that are easily found in health food stores, supermarkets or online, if not already in your kitchen cupboard. Each ingredient combined with cucumber makes a healthy and fresh alternative face wash that is packed with skin benefits.

  • Honey: Softens, smooths and heals the skin whilst acting as a natural preservative.
  • Green Tea: Improves skin elasticity, diminishing wrinkles and provides protection against UV sun damage.
  • Aloe Vera: Excellent cleansing, hydrating and healing properties for the skin.
  • Castile Soap: Made from 100% plant oils, it is the most natural and chemical-free soap there is. Ideal for the most sensitive of skins, it has a multitude of uses and benefits as it's totally made from natural oils such as olive oil.

Word of Caution

As with all homemade products, do not use if you are prone to food allergies or have an existing allergy or medical condition without first consulting a doctor.

Face Wash Recipe


  • 1/4 cup of Cucumber juice (skin and juice 1 cucumber)
  • 1-2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp castile soap (olive oil-based soaps)
  • 2 tea bags of green tea
  • 2-3 tbsp aloe vera juice
  • 1/3 cup water

You Will Need:

  • Clean glass jar with lid
  • Glass measuring jug
  • Small saucepan/pot
  • Spoon/Spatula


  • Gently heat (not boil) the water in the saucepan.
  • Add the teabags and leave to cool for an hour.
  • Add the honey to the tea while it is still warm and stir to dissolve it.
  • Remove the teabags.
  • Pour the cucumber juice and tea tincture into the glass measuring jug and stir.
  • Add the aloe vera juice and castile soap, mixing well.
  • Pour the face wash into the glass jar, screw on the lid and shake well.
  • This should yield approximately a week’s supply, using twice daily.
  • Store in the refrigerator in-between use.


  • Dampen the skin with warm water, to help open the pores.
  • Take a teaspoon of face wash and lightly rub between fingertips before applying to the face. This warms up the wash and activates the ingredients.
  • Massage into the skin gently in circles, always in an upward motion so as not to drag the skin down.
  • Take care around the eye area. My tip is to apply with a cotton bud very carefully and remove with water the same way by using the other end.
  • Remove with warm water and rinse finally with cold water to tighten and close the pores.
  • Pat the skin dry.
  • Follow with your moisturizer.


You may easily double up on measurements with this recipe.

All of these ingredients may be used in other homemade skincare and beauty products, making them very cost effective and beneficial to you. DIY face, body, bath and hair treatment recipes are available for the different ingredients.

Organic varieties are the best to use if your budget allows.

Grow Your Own Cucumbers

Cucumbers developing on lateral branches on the plant are typical of commercially grown cucumbers. The more branches the higher the yield of cucumbers.

Cucumbers developing on lateral branches on the plant are typical of commercially grown cucumbers. The more branches the higher the yield of cucumbers.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Suzanne Ridgeway

Homemade Cucumber Face Wash Recipe Comments

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on September 14, 2016:

Hi Cookie thanks for dropping by! If you keep stored in fridge and make nearer the time it should be good. This cleanser must be stored in the fridge in-between uses so make sure you put this on any labels.

Cookie on September 13, 2016:

Is there a way to store this recipe so that I can give it away for Christmas presents?

whitney c on June 16, 2016:

I love organic products and any antioxidant items and have tried all of them - but the Somaluxe Face Wash is the best. I used the Somaluxe Wash in the morning, and can still feel my skin zinging right into the evening. It is really important to me to find superior quality natural products and i enjoy the texture.

It is so wonderfully refreshing to look at the ingredients list and not squirm! I have not found other brands have achieved this - even products over $50 each! Save yourself from overspending on items that will not do the best for your skin, and stop battling with age.

Patricia Potts on April 19, 2016:

Brilliant and useful posting. Cucumber is really effective for remove dark spots . so I used to put cucumber slice on eyes and use for facial scrub with honey. I also love organic face wash. Hope this site( ) help you. Thank xxxx.

arshiacom on December 08, 2013:

Excellent recipe for facewash .I tried making it at home and it really worked.Thanks a alot.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 30, 2013:

Hi Mary,

Cucumber is ubber hydrating for skin so works a dream for dry or dehydrated skins, around the eyes it is superb for puffiness, dry or irritated eyes. Water can be drying so hence why your doc maybe said that. Avocado is extremely moisturizing if you find skin very flaky. Exfoliate regularly too will help keep flakiness at bay and allow fresh skin to show. Hope that helps! Appreciate your support, votes and sharing!!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 30, 2013:

Hi moonlake,

Cucumber is so useful for the skin, you are lucky of havin your own supply, believe me I am jealous! Appreciate your support!

Mary Craig from New York on October 28, 2013:

Oh skin guru what a great face wash recipe! Cucumbers are always available even if they aren't always tasty.

I do have a quick question, how is this recipe for dry skin? Sometimes I think I'm going to flake away so I have to watch what I use. My skin doctor told me not to take daily showers or it'll dry my skin out more!

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting. Shared too.

moonlake from America on October 28, 2013:

I didn't know what to do with all our cucumbers from the garden now I know and will have to try this. Voted up and shared.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 23, 2013:

Hi Toytasting,

Cucumber is one of my favorite fresh ingredients to use as it is so useful for is a lovely addition to water too with some lemon. Hope you find this as good as I do! Appreciate your support!

Toy Tasting from Mumbai on October 23, 2013:

Hey, the face wash recipe looks so simple. As cucumber has several benefits, it is worth trying the recipe. Hope it works for my skin too.

Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on May 20, 2013:

Hi ladydeonne,

Apologies for delay in responding and blip in comments box! So thankful for your comments and I am delighted to hear you are planning on trying out. Cucumber is a wonderful ingredient for the skin and health being so hydrating. Appreciate your interest and enthusiasm!

Deonne Anderson from Florence, SC on May 18, 2013:

Hi Suzie!

What a wonderful surprise I stumbled upon. I plan to try your cucumber wash in the near future. I esp enjoy natural beauty products as I have allergies. Happy to have found your hubs!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on May 13, 2013:

Hi rose-the planner,

Many thanks for commenting and it is great to hear i have a fan on this, it is a marvelous face wash!

rose-the planner from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on May 12, 2013:

Very informative! Thanks for sharing.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 01, 2013:

Hi rumanasaiyed,

Welcome and many thanks! Cucumber is excellent for skin hydration and for over the eyes it works wonders. Hope you give it a try! Appreciate your votes and for sharing on!

Rumana from Sharjah, UAE on April 01, 2013:

Very useful Hub. I had never thought of cucumber using as face wash.

Voted up useful and Shared!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on March 02, 2013:

Hi GhazalisDaughters,

Many thanks for reading and glad to know you are a fan of natural products! Appreciate you commenting!

GhazalisDaughters from Kansas City on March 01, 2013:

Def going to try this. I'm all about natural products. The more I can stay away from chemicals, the better! Thank you!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on January 09, 2013:

Hi jamesparkerrrr,

Delighted you enjoyed this and are keen to give it a try - Men will love this just as much as women so enjoy and many thanks for visiting and sharing your comments!

James Parker on January 09, 2013:

Hi Suzie HQ

its very informative. Well I love to eat cucumbers. Now i will make a face wash of it apply it on my face too. :)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on January 08, 2013:

Hi SINewsome,

Many thanks for visiting, hope you enjoy making this face wash!!!!

Sophie Newsome from New York on January 07, 2013:

Ill have to try this!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on December 28, 2012:

Hi Kris,

Great to see you again. Most of my recipes are easy and doable at home so hopefully you will enjoy trying them out! Cucumbers are great skin quenchers perfect for cold drying months of winter. Have fun, thanks for visiting and commenting Kris, Happy New Year to you!

Kris Heeter from Indiana on December 28, 2012:

Sounds interesting and I would love to try it sometime - I prefer all natural alternatives if they aren't too hard!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on December 28, 2012:

Hi freezeframe34,

Many thanks for visiting, lovely to know you enjoyed this! Have fun trying it out, cucumbers are so good for the skin I'm sure you will reap the benefits!! Cheers again, Wishing you all the best for New Year!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on December 28, 2012:

Hi rajan,

Many thanks for reading and I greatly appreciate you linking to your cucumber hub. Wishing you a wonderful New Year and hope 2013 is a great year for you and your loved ones.

Many thanks again and for your votes and sharing :-)

FreezeFrame34 from Charleston SC on December 28, 2012:

Great idea. I will definitely be trying this recipe out!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 28, 2012:

Hi Suzie,

Excellent info on cucumbers and a wonderful recipe for natural homemade cucumber facewash. I've linked both this hub and the hub on cucumber spa water to my cucumber hub.

Voting this up, useful and shared as well.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on December 12, 2012:

Cheers midget38,

Appreciate you stopping by and glad you enjoyed this easy peasy au naturale face wash!! Thanks for the sharing!

Michelle Liew from Singapore on December 12, 2012:

What I like about this is that it is so organic and natural!! Thanks for sharing, Suzie, and I'm passing this along!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on December 09, 2012:

Hi teaches,

Many thanks for visiting, glad you enjoyed and found some new info on cucumbers. It is a great one for so many useful skin preparations. Enjoy, and thanks for commenting teaches!

Dianna Mendez on December 08, 2012:

I never heard of lemon cucumber before, it looks like a big lemon indeed. Your facial remedy is very healthful for women and men. I can see how the ingredients would enhance skin.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on December 07, 2012:

Hi tipoague,

Absolutely great for cooling down the skin, particularly sunburn since it has such a high water content. It is great finding some exceptional natural ingredients that work even better than branded products. Appreciate you visiting and great comments! Delighted you will be bookmarking, more on the way!

Tammy on December 06, 2012:

As a fan of natural products and alternative forms of medication, I will be sure to add this one to my bookmarks. I am always on the lookout for ways go natural instead of store bought. I bet this product will do wonders for cooling off your skin after a sunburn. Thanks for sharing!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on December 06, 2012:

Hi Jeff,

Glad you approve and are willing to give this a go! It really does work and is ideal for a monkeys sensitive skin!! LOL Cheers for checking it out, look forward to hearing how you found it! Thanks so much for the votes and sharing!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on December 06, 2012:

Hi Bill,

Sorry to hear cucumbers don't agree with you. The lemon does look so different in fact I have not seen it available here. I am enjoying these series but also enjoy the travel ones, craft ideas and others so hopefully enough material to make interesting articles about!! Appreciate all your support, as always my friend :-)

Jeff Boettner from Tampa, FL on December 06, 2012:

I'm willing to give this a try, will pick up some cucumbers the next time I'm at the store. It just "sounds" refreshing, especially for someone like me who has sensitive skin. Up and Sharing

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on December 06, 2012:

Hi Suzie. Cucumbers don't like me but it sounds like they would make a great wash recipe. The lemon cucumber looks interesting. I would like to give that one a try sometime. You are building a great library of these DIY care products, great job. I do think you are becoming the Martha Stewart of HubPages. Keep up the great work.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on December 06, 2012:

HI Om,

Many thanks for dropping in and taking the time to comment. Glad to hear you are a fan of natural products. They really are so beneficial to the skin. Appreciate your votes!!

Om Paramapoonya on December 06, 2012:

Thanks for sharing this, Suzie! I'm a big fan of natural skin-care products, and this cucumber face wash recipe sounds really nice. Rated up and awesome :)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on December 06, 2012:

Hi Eddy,

Great to see you, Glad you enjoyed this read! Much appreciate your comments,votes and shares my friend! :-)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on December 06, 2012:

Hi Rachel,

Thanks so much for reading and commenting! If you were looking for some easy to make skin products, my bath salts hub idea makes great for those with a bath as few ingredients needed and can be customized.

An assortment of cucumbers sounds a great idea. Thanks for the up vote!

Eiddwen from Wales on December 06, 2012:

Well informed;interesting and very useful.

I vote up and share.


rmcleve on December 06, 2012:

Awesome hub, Suzie HQ! I really enjoyed all of these different tidbits, and was inspired by the thought of using multiple varieties of cucumbers. If I had thought ahead of time, this would be a perfect holiday gift for those with bumper crops of delicious cucumbers!

Excellent post. Upvoted!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on December 06, 2012:

Hi btrbell,

LOL, so ladies night has been and gone then?!! Ah well, just an excuse for having another one in someone else's pad then!! Glad you enjoyed and found it appealing. It is great for all the family so your fridge is going to need a shelf just for skin care never mind food to eat!! Thanks so much for all the support, much appreciated!!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on December 06, 2012:

Hi Modonika,

Glad you enjoyed this and for leaving a comment. Such a versatile fruit/vegetable when used in skin care! Hope you enjoy trying this recipe out! :-)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on December 06, 2012:

Hi Cathy,

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a read here! Glad you enjoyed and will be giving it a try!

Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on December 05, 2012:

Another interesting one! We are way past girl's night already! This felt so real, I could just about smell that fresh cucumber! Thank you for sharing!

Modonika on December 05, 2012:

great hub Suzie.. I'll try its face wash.

Ms. Immortal from NJ on December 05, 2012:

Sounds delicious, looking forward to trying it. Thanks!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on December 05, 2012:

Hi Bill,

Thanks again you power house of commentators!! Love how you support articles that don't really "float your boat" for your own benefit!! Hopefully will have some this month that will spark the interest of Sir Bill - Much appreciate your loyalty my friend. Life is good here, in the minus degrees at night as we are high up but no snow yet!! Love and best wishes as always to you from the Irish side!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 05, 2012:

No chance, Suzanne! I don't like eating them, and I'm not spreading them on my face. There are some things I won't do for friendship. LOL

But great hub for those who like this sort of thing. I think I'm too manly for this idea. :)

I hope you are well my friend! Sending warm wishes and happiness your way.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on December 05, 2012:

Hi Vespa,

Great to see you! I will definitely come up with a good deodorant recipe as it is one I would love too, thanks for the suggestion! Glad you are enjoying these. Castile soap is cost friendly and so healthy for soap fans. Other liquid soaps may be used instead if you know of a natural alternative, otherwise they will have additives and chemicals that may not be advisable to use on the face. Many thanks for your great comments as always my friend!!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on December 05, 2012:

Suzanne, I know my skin would love this cleanser. My only problem is finding the castile soap. We'll soon be moving to a large city so I hope to find it there. I'm loving all your recipes so far, even using the castor oil for my eyebrows and lashes when I remember! Have you ever thought of doing a natural deodorant recipe? I look forward to every hub you publish!

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