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->''"You want to know a big secret? The cucumber does nothing! Heh, this is something we make up."''
-->-- '''Paolo''', ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries''.

Cucumbers and facials, they just go together in fiction, apparently. Whenever a character is shown to be getting a high-class spa treatment (that is probably really expensive), getting a comprehensive makeover, or is so fussy about their appearance that they give one to ''themselves'' at home, it's usually indicated by the character having a Cucumber Facial.

The facial mask is usually green, mud-colored or sometimes blueish, and may cause men to run screaming about a [[CosmeticHorror scary monster]]. The slices of cucumber will be carefully placed over the eyes, though their purpose isn't readily apparent. Often what the point of the cucumber is will be {{lampshade}}d, or someone will pick the cucumber off the person's face and eat it ForTheLulz.

The cucumbers are TruthInTelevision, incidentally. Their real purpose is that they are a natural moisturizer and astringent, and can help with puffiness around the eyes.

Usually this is PlayedForLaughs. Also see WomensMysteries or CosmeticHorror for how most men view the practice, unless [[RealMenWearPink one is getting it done himself]].


* In one of those commercials for Yoplait Yogurt, ThoseTwoGirls are getting spa treatments including Cucumber Facials.

[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/KodomoNoOmocha'': Sana is seen doing one in preparation for a date.
* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'''s Karina/Blue Rose has done this on occasion ("Hey, a superstar needs to take care of her skin, okay?"). Interestingly enough, she tends to use just multiple slices of cucumber on her face. She's more than a bit embarrassed when her crush walks into the room while she's in the middle of one.
-->'''Kotetsu:''' So, did you lose a bet or something?\\
'''Karina:''' ''Don't look!''
* In an ''[[Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld El Hazard: Wanderers]]'', Jinai has stolen all the vegetables the heroes have grown and claims to be all his. While Makoto and company fall back to outwit him, the Bugrom Queen asks what are they going to do with all the produce. Jinai is ready for that question and invokes this trope with two Bugrom mooks already trying the idea out.
* In ''Animation/GuardianFairyMichel'', Lady Salome puts the cucumbers everywhere ''but'' her eyes.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the 10th chapter of ''Fanfic/OldWest'', Sheriff WesternAnimation/{{Rango}} is napping with cucumbers over his eyes and a facial cleanser on his scales when the panicked townsfolk rush to inform him that [[spoiler:their water supply has been blocked]].

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Yzma sleeps with one in ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''. Her lackey Kronk [[CosmeticHorror is repulsed]] when he sees her.
* On ''WesternAnimation/SurfsUp'' Big Z tricks Cody into putting pineapple slices on his eyes as part of his training. Turns out he was just pulling a prank.
* In the ''Literature/CuriousGeorge'' film, George ends up in the bathroom of a woman who is doing this while also having a bath and paints her walls, followed by pouring paint in her bathtub.
-->'''Ted:''' Do yourself a favor. You're gonna wanna put the cucumbers back on.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/LegallyBlonde'', to indicate the woman the main characters are going to question at the spa is a RichBitch (as well as to remind everyone she's at a spa), she is seen having one of these. They have to take the cucumbers off her eyes before she'll bother paying attention to them.
* In ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries'', to show that the main character is getting a super-makeover fit for a princess, she gets a Cucumber Facial, and Paolo, the stylist, delivers the page quote above.
* In ''Film/DontTellMomTheBabysittersDead'', Rose suggests Sue Ellen relax after work by having a glass of wine and giving herself a cucumber facial.
** Of course, she suggests there might be some ''other'' reason to have the cucumber handy.
--->'''Sue Ellen:''' Well, I'm all out of cucumbers.\\
'''Rose:''' Sue Ellen, [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar every girl over twenty-five should have a cucumber in the house.]]
* In ''Film/TheJerk'', Navin's girlfriend Marie is a cosmetologist, so he switches places with a customer who is receiving a facial. When the cucumbers and green mask are removed, she recognizes Navin and starts making out with him... while the wife of the original customer starts hitting Marie with her purse. "Why are you kissing my husband?!"
* At the start of ''Bert: Den siste oskulden'', Bert comes to visit his would-be sex partner Camilla and finds her wearing one of these. He blurts out: "Wow, you're ugly."
* The lead in ''He's Such A Girl'' does this...but doesn't realize he's not supposed to use zucchini.
* In ''Film/MissPettigrewLivesForADay'', Guinevere undergoes cucumber-slice eye pads as part of a [[MakeoverMontage makeover montage]]. (And then she promptly eats the cucumber, because it's the first chance she had all day to eat anything.)
* In ''Film/DunstonChecksIn'', the titular orangutan drops in on two women undergoing this, who don't even notice.
-->''[Dunston licks the cheek of Woman #1]''\\
'''Woman #1:''' Mmm...is that a loofah? That feels great, Elaine.\\
''[Dunston licks the cheek of Woman #2]''\\
'''Woman #2:''' Interesting fragrance. Is that...musk?\\
''[Dunston steals one of Woman #2's cucumbers]''
* Magda briefly in ''Film/TheresSomethingAboutMary''. Even the dog too.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Happens in an episode of ''Series/BurnNotice'' with one character.
* One episode of ''Series/ThreesCompany'' has Helen putting on one and Stanley giving her a funny look before proceeding to eat the cucumber slices. Helen's reaction? "Be sure to eat them slowly, Stanley. They're your breakfast for today."
* An episode of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' has Lois winning a spa for two day with no one to take with her but Dewey. When they get to the facials, [[CloudCuckooLander Dewey]] naturally tries to eat one of the cucumbers on his eyes. Lois knows her kids and tells him to stop without even removing her own cucumbers to see that he's doing it.
* Syd in ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' had this once. When she (as well as the rest of the B-Squad) had to wake up and line up, as they did, while Bridge was running into line, he ends up at her face (still with the cream), and screams upon seeing her like that.
* In an episode of ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Joy is seen relaxing in a hot tub with bread-and-butter pickles over her eyes.
* On ''Series/TheXFiles'' in episode "Arcadia" when Mulder and Scully go undercover as a married couple, Scully wears green facial mask just before going to bed. Mulder teases her as if they were actually married.
-->''"The thrill is gone."''

* In the music video for Music/OKGo's cover of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' theme, one CatapultNightmare sequence features one of the singers with cucumber slices both over and under his eyeglasses. Hence, he screams 'cause he's blind, removes the outer slices, is still blind, he screams again, then removes the inner slices.

* One of the minigames in ''VideoGame/NancyDrew: Resorting To Danger'' involves giving facials that take this trope UpToEleven, using various combinations of kiwi slices on the eyes, an orange slice on the mouth, and some kind of leaf on the nose.
* If you spend time with Vivienne in the ''Trespasser'' DLC for ''Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition'' you go on a spa trip with her. But instead of cucumber you end up with cheese wheels on your eyes. When your character asks "Why cheese?", Vivienne just gently scoffs at you for not knowing.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* {{Parodied|Trope}} in the ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'' [[Recap/StrongBadEmailE164LookingOld Looking Old]], where Strong Bad uses nacho cheese as a facial mask while covering his eyes with tortilla chips.

* ''Webcomic/TheBookOfBiff'' plays with the trope by having Biff make a painful mistake about what green vegetable [[http://www.thebookofbiff.com/2011/09/28/1377-sting/ goes on the eyes]].
* ''Promises'' has The Baroness, an entitled rich woman, who insists on using Fiona and Trish's gym like a spa, take baths with {{Cucumber Facial}}s.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* This happens in ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', complete with a ghastly allergic reaction (which is possible in RealLife).
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Katara and Toph get one of these in "Tales of Ba Sing Se". Toph then used [[DishingOutDirt Earthbending]] to make the cucumbers stick out like alien eyestalks, terrifying one of the attendants. Katara think's it's [[NotSoAboveItAll hilarious]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', it crops up a few times:
** When Twilight Sparkle, as part of her by-the-book slumber party plans, decides they should give each other makeovers, it involves this. Notably, Rarity actually [[ShownTheirWork explains correctly what the cucumbers are for]]. Applejack just eats hers ("Puffiness, schmuffiness!"). (Gets a call-back later when Rarity ends up covered in real mud and AJ, thinking quickly, sticks a pair of cucumber slices on her eyes to make her feel better).
** When Fluttershy and Rarity go to the spa in one episode, Rarity gets a cucumber facial to indicate her sense of high class taste and fixation on appearances. Fluttershy declines and instead only has the mud daubed onto her cheeks. (This may have been more so that she could still visibly emote during the scene, though it's also part of how she has a much-reduced version of ''every'' activity in the spa.)
** Rarity wears a mud mask and cucumbers when she sleeps, even when she travels with the others to Appleloosa. Like Yzma above, she jolts awake, [[CosmeticHorror scaring everyone]] else.
** Spike, of all dragons, is relaxing with one at the spa with the girls in "Ponyville Confidential", when Rainbow Dash eats one of his slices. [[{{Squick}} He reaches down her throat, gets it back, and puts it back on.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'', Julien is in the middle of a facial when Maurice is attacked. Which means that he has to apply the cucumbers himself, "which is the real tragedy." He asks Mort to weep for him, as his eyes are too tired from all the "cucumbering"; Mort does so by applying onions to his eyes, remarking that "My eye vegetables are burny!"
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' - Doof's ex is shown getting one when their daughter Vanessa calls, trying to bust her father.
** Should be mentioned that she's wearing them OVER her glasses.
** Linda Flynn-Fletcher has one, which she stops to go home because it's weird that she hasn't heard from Candace.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'': The Ashleys do this, and make (Ashley) Spinelli provide them fresh ones while they relax.
* This was also done by the retired opera singer (don't remember her name) from ''WesternAnimation/CuriousGeorge''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' episode "Casa de Calma", when Bugs and Daffy go to a spa. Daffy eats his cucumber slices and asks Bugs if he can have his.
* Seen several times in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''
** In ''Fairy Idol'' -- Norm the Genie, as Norm the Fairy, shows up when paged, with a Cucumber Facial. When Chester tells Norm he wishes Norm as Timmy's Fairy, the cucumbers fall off so we can see Norm's evil look.
** Wanda gets one in the episode ''Wanda's Day Off''.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* At least one cosmetic company sells eye pads, presoaked in an astringent, printed and scented to resemble cucumber slices. [[http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001LR3NPK One such example.]]
* In the Soviet Bloc countries (maybe others as well) it is normal for women to wipe their face with cucumber peels. You get cucumber peels when making salad anyway, and why throw away something, when you can get a bonus use out of it first?