Many beauty experts recommend cucumbers as an effective skin softener and nourisher. This softener is especially good for oily skin.
- Sharp knife
- Measuring cup
- Mixing spoon
- Two quart jars with covers
- Coffee filter
- Fresh cucumbers
- Rubbing alcohol
- Benzoic acid (Buy benzoic acid at a pharmacy.)
Yield: About 21/2 to 3 cups
Thinly peel 2 or 3 large cucumbers and cut them into small pieces; place in a blender and puree to a fine pulp. Turn the pulp into a saucepan and heat to boiling; let cool. Stir in 1 pint of rubbing alcohol and 1/4 cup of benzoic acid; this keeps the cucumber juice from spoiling. Stir to mix thoroughly.
Pour the mixture into a quart jar and cover it tightly; refrigerate it for 2 weeks. Strain it into a clean jar through a funnel lined with a coffee filter; cover tightly. Apply to skin as desired.