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Stealing the Limelight

By: Cathy Christensen
Posted: November 24, 2009, from the December 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Limes also offer solutions to many spa challenges. Lime oil is extracted from the peel of the fruit and is used in body oils, cosmetics, hair oils, toothpastes, soaps and deodorants, to name a few.3 Also, because limes are high in vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, lime oil and products containing it can help smooth skin and reduce the appearance of dark spots.4 Lime oil has an astringent quality that helps improve skin tone, and its antiscorbutic, or scurvy-preventing, properties, help detoxify and clear skin of waste material, which is especially useful in fighting cellulite. It can assist with poor or compromised circulation and can help clear oily skin as well, not to mention it has an uplifting scent that adds to any skin care treatment or product5, including:

The Margarita Scrub, which is a natural exfoliating treatment featuring a blend of lime, orange, apple and tangerine essential oils with tequila, sunflower oil and salt—The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel, Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, Los Angeles;

The Desert Spa Lemon-Lime Facial, which revives tired skin—The Desert Spa, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico;

The Key Lime Salt Body Scrub, which polishes dull skin with a lime-scented salt scrub and finishes with a coconut-lime body cream—The Spa at Cheeca, Cheeca Lodge & Spa, Islamorada, Florida;

The Wild Lime Blossom Scalp Treatment, which uses fresh citrus oil to replenish hair and invigorate the senses—Stowe Mountain Lodge, Stowe, Vermont;