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The Main Squeeze

By: Cathy Christensen
Posted: January 7, 2009, from the January 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Grapefruit can be a tangy treat for the skin, too. The vitamin C content in grapefruit and its juice may help build collagen, reducing wrinkles and enhancing skin’s strength and elasticity.2 Also, in a recent study, grapefruit extract was shown to act as an effective skin lightener, although more research is being done to make sure there aren’t any stability issues with this powerful antioxidant.4

Used in a variety of different treatments, spas are taking advantage of the refreshing benefits of grapefruit. At Buhl Mansion Guesthouse & Spa in Sharon, Pennsylvania, the Contour aromatherapy bath treatment helps stimulate skin’s metabolism to release water and toxins using grapefruit, juniper, birch, palmarosa and cypress, and the Ultimate Urban Body Mask offered at The Spa at Trump at the new Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago caps off with a massage application of grapefruit, rosemary and cypress aromatherapy oils. The Perfect Contour Anti-cellulite Treatment from Club Sport in Walnut Creek, California, combines grapefruit, basil, black pepper, hyssop and clary sage to help slim the body, and at New Age Health Spa in Neversink, New York, the Babassu Sugar Body Polish features a scrub infused with grapefruit, jasmine and bergamot. The Chardonnay and Grapefruit Massage can be enjoyed at the wine-inspired Vineyard Creek Spa in Santa Rosa, California, and at the Satori Spa at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa in Dubai, the stimulating pink grapefruit and juniper berry body mask enhances the Satori Extravagance treatment. The Camelback Signature Facial at Camelback Spa Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona blends grapefruit, mandarin orange, cranberry and pomegranate for an aromatherapeutic experience, and at Green Lake, Wisconsin’s Evensong Spa at Heidel House Resort, men can enjoy the rejuvenating body scrub that combines mineral sea salts, grapefruit and thyme to refine skin texture. The Agave Body Glow at The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona, uses the spa’s signature scrub infused with grapefruit essential oil and natural agave extract for a full body polish. Also, take a look at the step-by-step how-to for the Grapefruit-Mint Signature Treatment from The Secret Garden Inn & Spa in Weaverville, North Carolina.

From candles to cellulite cream, professional skin care products are also getting in on the grapefruit revolution. Nature Pure Labs offers the LipoMelt Grapefruit Hippophae Body Polish, and Spalasium offers Grapefruit Organic Essential Oil that is uplifting and addresses cellulite. Yon-Ka Paris offers a Ylang Ylang-Grapefruit-Thyme option in its Candle Therapy collection, and Kashwére soy candles offers a Ginger Grapefruit scent. Éminence Organic Skin Care’s Vitamin-C Collection features a Pink Grapefruit Clarifying Masque to heal blemishes, Pink Grapefruit Vitality Masque to revitalize skin and Grapefruit-C Gel to calm inflammation, and GlyMed Plus’ Sal-X Exfoliating Cleanser uses grapefruit to re-energize environmentally stressed skin. The Refreshing Citrus Pedicure Soak from Orly uses grapefruit, honeydew and orange extracts to refresh tired feet, and Sonya Dakar’s Red Grapefruit Wash removes impurities and dirt without causing dryness.

Inside and outside

For beauty both inside and outside, grapefruit offers a refreshing resolution for 2009. Share the good news with your clients by adding grapefruit to your treatment menu, spa cuisine menu or retail section and uplift while improving your clients’ health.


1. (Accessed Nov 3, 2008)