The surprising benefits of cucumbers including cucumber for eyes.

The surprising benefits of cucumbers including cucumber for eyes.

Crunchy, juicy cucumbers don't just refresh summer meals; they're also low in calories (only 16 per cup) and deliver skin-firming vitamin C and caffeic acid, which may protect skin cells against UVB rays, a cause of wrinkles and age spots. They also provide loads of water-in fact, cukes are 95 percent water! Cucumbers aren't just for munching-here are some of our favorite, unusual ways to use them:

1. Peel a cuke, blend it with water and press the puree through a sieve for a flavorful drink or as a base for lemonade.

2. Soothe your sunburn by halving a cucumber lengthwise and rubbing it on scorched skin as you would aloe, suggests Alan Logan, N.D., co-author of Your Skin, Younger (Sourcebooks, 2010): "Vitamin C can turn down the dial on inflammation damage in the skin."

3. Place slices over puffy eyes-cucumber's anti-inflammatory properties may help to reduce swelling, says Logan.

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