How to Make Facial Products

Skin Softener

Many beauty experts recommend cucumbers as an effective skin softener and nourisher. This softener is especially good for oily skin.


  • Sharp knife
  • Blender
  • Spatula
  • Saucepan
  • Measuring cup
  • Mixing spoon
  • Two quart jars with covers
  • Funnel
  • 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.