Pitta is the Dosha of the summer and fire is its element. Not surprising since it is the hottest season of the year in the Northern atmosphere!

Cucumber is a vegetable known for its cooling effect. it can help heal mild sunburns by soothing the skin and speeding up its healing process. It is also known to bring relief to some rashes and inflammations. But cucumbers can also help with your summer beauty routine.

If your skin feels irritated and has a tendency to redden during the summer months the following mask will bring you some relief and will make your skin feel refreshed and nourished:

Yogurt Cucumber mask

Ingredients for the mask:

  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1/2 cup of Plain unflavored Yogurt, with active cultures
  • 1 teaspoon non-fat Milk Powder


How to:

Peel and cut the cucumber into small cubes. Seeds can be removed smoother consistency of the final product. Put the cut up cucumber in a food processor and add the yogurt and the milk powder. 

Blend all the ingredients together until you have a smooth substance that will stay on your face without running.

Wash your face with warm water to open up the skin pores. Pat dry with a clean towel.

Keeping the eye area clear, spread the paste gently over your face and neck with your fingertipsNow lie down, relax and leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes

Wash it off with a warm wash cloth and warm water. Run cold water over another wash cloth and pat your face to close your clean pores.


Cucumber Honey Mask

(great for oily skin)

The honey in this mask promotes elasticity of the skin through its exfoliating properties. Honey also promotes new tissue growth which leads to better looking skin. You can also substitute the honey with aloe vera, which has equally beneficial properties.
Ingredients for the mask:

Ingredients for the mask:

  • 1/2 Cucumber
  • 2 tbsp honey or aloe vera

How to:

To make this mask. Peel, cut and blend the cucumber in a food processor (making sure to not over blend it so it doesn't get too runny), then add 1 spoon of honey or aloe vera.

Wash your face with warm water to open up the skin pores. Pat dry with a clean towel.
Apply the gel like paste to your face and neck for 15 minutes.
Wash it off with a cool wash cloth and cool water.


Homemade Cucumber, Brown Sugar, Honey And Milk Face Mask: 

Brown sugar acts as an effective exfoliant. After using this mask your face will feel fresh and rejuvenated. You can vary the ingredients of this mask according to what are available in your kitchen.


  • 1/2 fresh cucumber
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar.

How to:

 Peel and blend the cucumber to make its puree. Mix together the milk, honey and brown sugar thoroughly and then add this mixture to the blended cucumber.

Using clean fingertips gently massage the mixture onto your face in circular motion, leaving it there for 20 minutes  or till it dries out.

When the face mask is dried up, gently rinse the mask off using warm water first and then cold water.  Pat dry your face with a clean soft towel.


After your mask, moisturize your skin with a drop or 2 of rosehip oil, a little neem cream or your favorite moisturizer!


Show off your natural glow and smile!