Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Seed Extract



Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Seed Extract at a glance

  • Extract from green cucumber seeds
  • Good source of hydrating plant sterols + fatty acids
  • Contains soothing antioxidants
  • Considered safe as used in cosmetics

Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Seed Extract description

_Cucumis sativus_ (cucumber) seed extract comes from the seeds of green cucumbers. It offers antioxidant, soothing and hydrating benefits for skin. The primary fatty acids in the seeds are linoleic and palmitic, both capable of helping to improve skin’s moisture barrier. It’s considered safe for use on skin as well as when consumed as part of a regular diet. Usage levels of _Cucumis sativus_ (cucumber) seed extract in cosmetics range from 0.01–0.08%. Note that despite containing antioxidants like all plants, the amount of these skin-beneficial substances in cucumber seeds isn’t as prodigious as many other plant extracts. As such, cucumber seed did not earn our highest rating, but it certainly still has value for skin.

Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Seed Extract references

  • Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences, August 2021, pages 4,334–4,341
  • International Journal of Toxicology, May 2014, pages 47S–64S
  • Fitoterapia, January 2013, pages 227–236
  • Journal of Young Pharmacists, October-November 2010, pages 365–368

Peer-reviewed, substantiated scientific research is used to assess ingredients in this dictionary. Regulations regarding constraints, permitted concentration levels and availability vary by country and region.

Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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We have not yet rated this ingredient because we have not had a chance to review the research on it.