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Watermelon Days

By: Cathy Christensen
Posted: June 29, 2009, from the July 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Watermelon seed oil and watermelon extract are both highly sought-after ingredients in spa products and treatments. Watermelon seed oil, also known as ootanga and kalahari oil, is rich in omega-6 and -9 essential fatty acids, is highly moisturizing, and helps dissolve sebum buildup and restore elasticity.3 It is often used in baby formulations, creams, lotions, soaps and eye creams.4 Watermelon extract also aids in protecting some cell structures from damage by UV-induced radicals and decreases redness after UV exposure. It helps protect the skin against daily stress induced by UV light and free radicals too, and is used in pre-sun products and body lotions, as well as day, night and sun care creams.5

Keystone Lodge & Spa in Keystone, Colorado, offers the Coco-Luscious body therapy that finishes with a hydration drench of Watermelon and Papaya Body Butter Souffle; and the Luscious Body Wrap at Black Bear Resort in Port McNeill, British Columbia, Canada, includes a full-body massage with watermelon, papaya and virgin coconut oils to help replenish firmness and moisture. At the Ace Hotel Spa in Palm Springs, California, the Good Body Polish concludes with an application of cooling cucumber and watermelon seed body tonic; and the tween and teen set can enjoy a Watermelon Foot and Hand Scrub at Gi Gi’s Elite Spa in Chicago. Also, check out the step-by-step how-to recipe for the Made Fresh Daily Cucumber and Watermelon Body Treatment from The Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego.

Watermelon is commonly found in professional skin care products, as well, including Benev’s GF-DNA Serum, designed to help diminish the signs of aging and sun damage by accelerating DNA repair; and the Foot Soak & Rub from Elements by L’Auterre, which features watermelon seed oil that absorbs into the skin to help restore moisture. Éminence Organic Skin Care’s Watermelon Papaya Body Butter capitalizes on watermelon’s high antioxidant and vitamin content to help fight free radicals, and Cura Anti-Aging Night Serum from Isabella Pelle Beauty & Skincare Co. includes watermelon extract to help protect cells against UV damage and stress.

Bask in the benefits

Believe it or not, with all its sticky-fingered, fun-in-the-sun goodness, watermelon is equally good for the body, both inside and outside. Worship summer by adding some colorful—and extremely nutritious—watermelon to your menu, letting your clients bask in its benefits.


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