Watermelon Beauty Benefits
By Shahnaz Husain
Believed to have originated in South Africa,Watermelons are best during summer months .Watermelon , the coolest fruit needs no introduction. It has been on our list of favorites since we were kids, and it will continue to remain .The cool fruit require temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius or above in order to grow is available all the year on streets on Rehris in diverse varieties – sweet, bland, and bitter.
Watermelon known as a super juicy fruit in summers is commonly red on the inside however can be found with orange, yellow or even white flesh.
Watermelon constitutes 93% water , load of vitamins but only 6% sugar and is considered as natural toner and ideal for re hydrating during the hot summer months .
Watermelon is rich in Vitamin A, B 6 and C and contains antioxidants, lycopene and amino acids which prevents ageing , reduce the risk of stroke , lower the blood pressure levels and strengthen immune system.Watermelon contains a chemical namely citrulline which reduces arterial stiffness and reduces the accumulation of bad cholesterol , thereby preventing heart diseases .
Watermelons can be used for enhancing beauty and its extract are used in beauty products such as shower gels, lipsticks , foam bath. and lip glosses, due to its hydrating properties. It moisturises oily skin, without making it oily and closes the pores.
Nature is not only the best physician, but also the best cosmetologist, giving us the necessary fruits for different seasons. Watermelons, for instance, contain more water and help to replenish the water which the body loses through sweating during summer. It also has a cooling effect and prevents dehydration, preventing the loss of fluids in the body. Watermelon is a real thirst-quencher during summer. Extract the juice, add one or two small chunks of watermelon, lemon juice and crushed ice. One teaspoon rose water can be added for flavour. Instead of having rich desserts, take fresh fruits. Watermelon not only makes a delicious dessert, it also helps to lose weight.
Like most other fruits watermelon can be externally applied on the skin and hair for its beauty benefits. Watermelon is rich in antioxidants, Vitamins A, B6 and C, as well as amino acids. These help to keep the skin healthy, improve blood circulation and delay degeneration, keeping the skin youthful for a longer. Amino Acids help to promote hair growth and keep the scalp healthy. It also contains minerals and antioxidants, which not only moisturise and nourish the skin, but also help to delay visibly ageing signs. Watermelon helps dry skin. It helps to seal in moisture and keeps the skin hydrated. In fact, it helps to soothe and improve dry, scaly skin. Applying watermelon pulp or juice helps to soften and smoothen the skin.
Watermelon is a powerful skin toner and also moisturises the skin. It suits all skin types. In summer, it has a cooling, soothing and refreshing effect on the skin. watermelon has high water content that helps to keep the skin hydrated and moisturised. This can help to keep your skin supple ,soft, moisturised and attractive .
Apply watermelon pulp on the skin, or add it to fruit packs. Leave on for 20 to 30 minutes and wash off with plain water. You can apply a watermelon and honey mask to the face for extra moisturisation.
Watermelon pulp can also be applied on the hair to promote hair growth, as it contains amino acids.
Watermelon naturally contains a lot of citrulline that increases the level of arginine and is therefore good for promoting hair growth.
It also has a cleansing action and promotes blood circulation to the hair follicles. Watermelon is packed with Vitamin C, which ensures that enough iron is in red blood cells to assist in carrying oxygen to hair follicles, promoting healthy hair. Collagen is also needed for healthy hair growth and watermelon helps promote collagen formation.For treating sunburn and suntans, prepare a pack of equal portion watermelon and cucumber, and apply that on your face for 15 minutes and wash it off with clean and fresh water .
As already mentioned watermelon helps to tone the skin and also completes the cleansing process. The juice may be chilled and applied on the face with cotton wool, to tighten the skin, making it firm and adding a glow.
The author is international fame beauty expert and is called herbal queen of India
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