There’s a reason the phrase “cool as a cucumber” became the popular way to describe someone who’s calm and relaxed. Cucumbers contain ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and caffeic acid (a polyphenol antioxidant), giving them super soothing powers, according to dermatologist Dr. Gary Goldfaden. Caffeic acid also helps battle the signs of aging. Crisp cucumbers are anti-inflammatory, reduce itching and relieve the heat and pain associated with sunburns, making them a popular ingredient in after-sun skin care products.

Co-founder of BIA Life Dr. Shasa Hu adds that cucumbers retain hydration especially well, which is something our skin craves in summer. Cucumbers are also pretty versatile, suitable for the vast majority of skin types. “Cucumber is rarely allergenic, which is why it can be used for almost all skin types,” says Hu. “It is particularly suitable for people with…

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