We hear it all the time: “Skin care so pure you could eat it!” That being said, rarely do you get the urge to actually snack on your cleanser. With Galen Labs new line of cucumber-based skin care, however, you may experience a strong urge to pour some on your next salad. The simple, effective, and clean ingredients in the cleanser, scrub, and toner all employ a base of concentrated cucumber hydrosol with a smell so fresh, it definitely falls into the category of, “How do they do that?!”
The Power of Cucumber
Often referred to as “the green magician,” cucumber has been used since the beginning of time as a tonic for the skin. We’ve all heard about the benefits of placing cucumber slices on the eyes to reduce puffiness, but this holds true for the rest of the face as well, as cucumber naturally soothes inflamed skin and reduces swelling everywhere! Cucumber is an ideal natural cleanser, with a pH identical to your skin, and the natural silica found in cucumber juice works with connective tissue to improve the complexion and health of the skin. As if this wasn’t enough, cucumber juice also acts as a natural skin lightener, reducing the appearance of sun spots and freckles.
It comes as no surprise, then, that my skin has taken quite well to Galen Labs’ cucumber-based skin care trio. I cannot say enough about the gel cleanser. Gentle yet effective (I never doubt that my face is clean afterwards), it feels almost cool on the skin, and the scent of fresh cucumber is refreshing but not overpowering, no doubt because the scent is from natural cucumber and not synthetic fragrance. The scrub uses small, round jojoba beads, effectively removing dead skin cells without causing damage, and the toner is wonderful in the morning in place of cleanser, as a gentle way to refresh the skin – and the senses – prior to applying your daily moisturizer.
The products are all affordable, and the glass packaging is 100% recyclable, making this trio a win all the way around.