We’re all familiar with the beauty hack of using cold cucumber slices topically to reduce puffy eyes. But what about the “nutrition hack” of eating perhaps a cucumber salad for better skin?

First of all, hydrated skin is happy skin. Considering cucumbers are made up of 96% water, consuming cukes will help plump up any cells. The hydration factor alone makes cucumbers a healthy snacking choice, plus the fact that they are super low-calorie. But, cucumbers also contain the B Vitamins niacin and riboflavin, and Vitamin C and zinc, which help your skin glow from within. Along with Vitamins B and C, cucumbers also are filled with Vitamins A and K, manganese, copper, and potassium. In combination, these nutrients help boost the immune system, which is reflected in 🥒

Cucumber salad is very healthy

Hormone imbalances can cause all types of skin disturbances. Cucumbers contain phosphorus, which helps to regulate hormones in the body. One last check in the cucumbers corner – caffeic acid, which fights skin irritation and inflammation.

Okay – so, now we understand why cucumbers are so cool. Here’s a great little cucumber salad to add to your spring/summer diet. It’s simple, tasty, and doesn’t involve any cooking!

Cucumber and Cottage Cheese Salad

Cucumber Salad recipe
Cucumber and Cottage Cheese Salad


  • 1 cup of diced cucumbers
  • 1/4 cup of low-fat cottage cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of scallions
  • 1/4 teaspoon of freshly cracked pepper (or less if you can’t hang)
  • Dash of sea salt


1. Toss all chilled ingredients and enjoy!!!

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