We already know that floral hydrosols contain essences from the plant that nurture the skin. So rose, lavendar, chamomile, and others are already widely useofd in skin care treatments.
A hydrosol can be made by collecting the water vapor during the process of making essential oils. Or the plant material can be distilled expressly for the purpose of making a hydrosol. And hydrosols (or plant 'distillates') are different than Flower Water.
Flower Waters are usually distilled water that has had some plant material added into it. And while flower waters smell pretty and do moisturize and soothe the skin - hydrosols are more desirable than the waters because they still carry plant nutrients.
So why cucumber? Cucumber distillates contain erepsin and natural sillica. Erepsin is listed as a 'skin conditioning' agent by the cosmetic industry because it softens the skin leaving it looking youthful.
In general, hydrosols are slightly astringent and help balance the pH of the skin, which should be slightly acidic as well. Hydrosols help the body to maintain the delicate acid mantle which is your skins protective outermost layer. Because cucumbers contain natural silica which is a trace element that strengthens elastin and collagen in the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines.
Cucumber Hydrosol will soon be on our boutique shelves and in the online store alongside a gorgeously aromatic and healthful Rose Hydrosol.
monique herzig, alchemist, aesthetician