Cucumber slices are a popular facial treatment – just place a couple of slices over your eyelids for an instant calm feeling. But what’s the science behind it?
“Technically, cold temperature can cause blood vessels to constrict, so swelling is temporarily reduced,” says Phillip Artemi of the Australasian College of Dermatologists. “But it won’t reverse dark circles around the eyes.”
ADVANTAGES: Inexpensive; simple
DISADVANTAGES: Pigment remains unchanged; no proven benefits