When it comes to your health and wellness, melons are more than just a refreshing summer treat. While they have been a dietary staple in cultures around the world for centuries, these orbs are finding a place today on spa menus worldwide, thanks to benefits including the prevention and treatment of cancer, aiding weight loss, and skincare perks, such as exfoliation, hydration, and the healing of skin in topical applications.
This fruit includes
- honeydew, and
- watermelon, to name a few.
All are full of vitamins and nutrients vital for overall wellness. “Melons provide healthy amounts of virtually all essential vitamins and minerals,” says Jodi Brown, spa director at Kelly’s Spa at The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside, CA. “One of the main health benefits is the antioxidants found in vitamins A and C that help to neutralize free radicals, which can lead to inflammation. Melons calm, tone, and regenerate the skin.”
Despite their long history and longer list of wellness advantages, melons have been slower to enter the spa market than its produce counterparts. This is a surprise since many of the antioxidants are pigments that give the melons their bright colors. These antioxidants provide protection for the plants and, in turn, offer humans a shield against free-radical damage to skin.
In fact, one of the best practices is to scoop the fruit, mash it, and apply it directly to the skin. Similar to other acidic fruits, melon - specifically cantaloupe - is ideal for exfoliating treatments. “Cantaloupe has been used as a naturally acidic ingredient that dissolves dead skin cells to improve the look of a dull complexion,” says Marla Malcolm Beck, cofounder and CEO of Bluemercury.