Stay Cool as a Cucumber
Published: March 2009
By Leesa Chalk Suzman
With its fresh green scent and soothing, cooling properties, the once-lowly cucumber is now enjoying its status as a core ingredient on restaurant and spa menus.
SIP IT Vacationers at the Golden Door spa in Puerto Rico's Las Casitas Village (Fajardo; 800/468-8365; www.wyndham.com; casitas from $350) beat the heat with the Rainforest Drink, a refreshing purée of cucumber, tomato, red pepper, ginger, and spirulina.
SLATHER IT ON revive sun-parched skin, Red Mountain, the Adventure Spa, in Ivins, Utah (800/407-3002; www.redmountainspa.com; $75, doubles from $199), created a hydrating Cucumber & Summer Tomato Herbal Wrap. A full-body application of crushed cucumber, parsley, aloe, and mint is followed by a massage with tomato-seed oil.
SOAK IN IT Chill out with Get Fresh Cucumber Mint Tea Skinny Dip (310/315-0020;
12-oz. bottle $19), which soothes the skin as it infuses your bath.
SPRITZ IT Kiehl's Cucumber Alcohol-Free Fragrance Spray (800/543-4571; 1.7-oz. bottle $38.50) distills the company's coveted cucumber body wash into a perfume.
DAB IT Prada's Soothing Gel/Eyes (www.neimanmarcus.com; 0.5-oz. tube $95) combines cucumber, aloe, and cornflower extracts to smooth out those fine lines summer smiles can leave behind.