When cooking last Sunday, I made tzatziki to go with our quorn patties. When making tzatziki, I like to squeeze out the liquid from the cucumbers, which makes the tzatziki creamy and nice. But as I knew that I was going to make a face mask later that evening, I decided to save the cucumber juice instead of squeeze it right into the sink.
We all know the classical picture of women wearing face masks and having cucumber slices over their eyes. Well, it’s really not that bad of an idea. Cucumbers, and cucumber juice, can prevent wrinkles and soothe dry skin (Shenet.se). It’s also very mild and works for every skin type. You can use cucumber juice instead of water in any recipe that calls for water (or rose water, orange blossom water, infusions etc.).
With my cucumber juice, I decided to make a mayo face mask. Mayonnaise, as you know, contains egg yolks and oil, and is a great ingredient to exfoliate and moisten dry skin.
Here’s what you need to make the face mask:
Mayo-cucumber face mask
- 1 T mayonnaise
- Cucumber juice
- 1/2 T Cornflour
- Dried herbs (I used thyme and calendula)
- (Essential oils)
Mix mayo with a little bit of cucumber juice and the cornflour until you have reached a desired consistency. It should be quite creamy. If too runny, add more mayo or cornflour. Crush the herbs with your hands or in a mortar or coffee grinder and add to the mixture, possibly with some essential oils (if for nothing else, the batch might still smell quite a bit of mayo). Spread over face and leave on for 15-25 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water.
For my hair, I used a product that I bought in India – a henna mixture including 9 different herbs with different properties for the hair, Godrej nupur mehendi. The mixture was supposed to be in for about 3 hours, but I only had it on for maybe one hour, but I still noticed a change in hair color. I only rinsed it out, no shampoo or nothing, but maybe I didn’t get it all out properly because when my hair dried it looked kind of oily and was a bit difficult to style. So not a very good first impression, but I’m definitely going to give it a second chance (especially since I have like 5 packs of it…)
Although I have to give plus points to the fact that the mixture was very smooth – normally, henna powder is kind of coarse and sometimes I still find some pieces of henna in my hair even though I have washed it very thoroughly.