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January 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine
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Ring in the new year with this refreshing fruit that is good for your clients in so many ways. The perfect time for a resolution is January, a month that offers the opportunity to adopt more healthy choices for yourself and your clientele. And embracing the benefits of grapefruit, a citrus fruit discovered in Barbados in the 18th century, is a great way to begin.1

The grapefruit was named to reflect the way the fruit is arranged when it grows—hanging in clusters, similar to grapes. Many botanists think the fruit is actually a result of natural cross-breeding between the orange and the pomelo, and Florida, California, Arizona and Texas are all large producers of the fruit. It also can be found in Israel, South Africa and Brazil.1

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Grapefruit is a large citrus fruit that is categorized as white, pink or ruby. It is juicy, tart and tangy with an underlying sweetness, and it is an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, potassium, folate and vitamin B-5, and contains lycopene.1

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Quick Facts: Grapefruit

  • The tangelo is the result of fertilization of grapefruit flowers with mandarin orange pollen.5
  • Half of a grapefruit provides all the vitamin C the body needs for one day.5
  • Pomelos, or Chinese grapefruits, are the largest citrus fruits.5
  • Grapefruits that are heavy for their size and have thin skin are usually the juiciest and best quality.5
  • A Frenchman, Count Odette Phillipe, planted the first grapefruit trees in Florida in 1823. Today, Florida produces about one third of the world’s grapefruit.6
  • Some mature grapefruit trees can yield up to 1,500 pounds of fruit in a season.6
  • The ruby red grapefruit was a chance mutation discovered on a McAllen, Texas, farm in 1929.6
       
  • Recipe: Grapefruit and Shrimp Caesar Salad

    From Kathie K. Graham, RD, and Chef Chenel Dorival at Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami Grapefruit and Shrimp Caeser Salad

    Makes 6 servings, 101 calories, 3.5 grams of fat

    Caesar dressing ingredients:

    1/2 cup 2% milkfat cottage cheese

    2 tablespoons skim milk

    1/4 cup lemon juice

    2 anchovies, minced

    3 garlic cloves, minced

    1 tablespoon olive oil

    1 ounce Parmesan cheese

    Preparation of Caesar dressing:

    1. Place all ingredients in blender, except Parmesan cheese, and blend until incorporated.

    2. Fold in Parmesan cheese. Refrigerate for two hours, allowing flavors to incorporate.

    Salad ingredients:

    3/4 cup Caesar dressing

    6 ounces romaine lettuce

    6 ounces cooked shrimp, chilled

    1 large 12-ounce grapefruit, peeled and cut in segments

    Preparation of salad:

    1. Clean, dry and tear romaine lettuce.

    2. Toss lettuce, shrimp and grapefruit with dressing and serve.

    Treatment Recipe: The Grapefruit-Mint Signature Treatment

    From The Secret Garden Inn & Spa in Weaverville, NC

    The Secret Garden Inn & Spa is a bed-and-breakfast and spa rich with Appalachian flair nestled in the picturesque mountains of Western North Carolina. It combines the area’s Appalachian heritage with Asian spa rituals, as well as the beauty and peace of the property’s Japanese gardens.

    Treatment duration: 120 minutes

     

    Treatment cost: $169

    Supplies needed:

    Sea salt scrub

    Grapefruit mint organic shea butter

    Towels

    Organic grapefruit mint massage oil

    Eucalyptus oil

    Step 1: Greet your guests, and ensure that they have completed an intake form detailing their medical history. Offer them tea or water for a refreshing introduction to the treatment. Those clients in the first trimester of pregnancy, or who are allergic to nut-based oils or citrus, should not be given this service.

    Step 2: Escort guests to a treatment room, and ask them the disrobe and lie on the treatment table face up.

    Step 3: After allowing a sufficient amount of time, return to the room and perform energy work, such as lightly shaking the body and breathing deeply to center both yourself and the client.

    Step 4: With a light touch, apply the sea salt scrub to the entire body in order to exfoliate and awaken the skin.

    Step 5: After removing the scrub, smooth a light application of grapefruit mint organic shea butter on the skin, wrapping each part of the body in a towel after the shea butter is applied to create a warm, citrusy feeling. The wrap should stay on for 15–20 minutes while you navigate around the body.

    Step 6: After unwrapping the client from the citrus cocoon, escort to either a claw-footed or jetted tub, allowing the client to soak and relax for about 15 minutes.

    Step 7: Now that the pores are open and the skin is alive and refreshed, ask the client to return to the treatment table and lie either faceup or facedown based on preference. Allow the client to smell eucalyptus oil when facedown to keep the nasal passages clear.

    Step 8: Provide a 60-minute, full-body custom massage that fits the client’s needs, such as Swedish or deep tissue. Use organic grapefruit mint massage oil, and turn the client over to complete the second half of the massage.

    Step 9: Inform the client when the massage is complete, and invite the client to take time getting into a robe.

    Step 10: Escort clients into a quiet meditation area to sit and relax in order to prolong the enjoyment of the treatment. Offer them more water or tea, and encourage them not rush off. Once they feel ready, they may lead themselves back to the reception area.

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