Joining the ranks of argan, coconut and cacay oil - there’s a new wonder oil in town! Once the beauty industry’s best kept all-natural secret, people are finally clocking on to the incredible properties of Kalahari Melon Seed Oil. So what is it, and what can it do for you?
When the watermelons are harvested, they’re split open and their seeds collected. The seeds are dried out in the African sun until there’s almost no moisture left in them – only a rich, golden-coloured oil. The seeds are pressed to extract the oil which is collected, bottled and ready to use.
Holland & Barrett nutritionist Emily Rollason says: “Coconut oil, Argan Oil and Cacay Oil have a new rival on the scene. Kalahari Melon Seed Oil is as rich in nourishing omega 6 fatty acids as Evening Primrose Oil, while its antioxidants help to keep the skin glowing, youthful and strong, making it the beauty must-have this season. Omega 6 fatty acids stimulate skin cell growth, helping to regenerate and restructure skin cells to keep your skin feel supple and firm. It also keeps skin looking blemish-free.”
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Kalahari melon seed oil is an absolute treat for the skin. To unlock its potential, just add five to ten drops to your daily moisturiser (depending on the size of the container) and stir in well. Make up a batch of body lotion by mixing two parts shea butter with one part Kalahari melon seed oil using a hand blender. Then apply liberally for a deeply-nourishing skin boost.
As a carrier oil
If you love your essential oils, you’ll be glad to know that Kalahari melon seed oil works fantastically as a carrier oil. It’s gentle and easily-absorbed, so dilutes harsher essential oils for an aromatic blend. Simply add a tiny drop of your favourite - be it eucalyptus, geranium, lavender or sandalwood – to four or five drops of Kalahari and apply as you please.
For oil cleansing
Oil cleansing is when oil is used to remove the impurities in pores. Kalahari melon seed oil is without doubt the best one for the job. Apply several drops of the oil to your hands and gently massage into your face. Usually, the method requires wiping down with a warm wet flannel afterwards, but Kalahari soaks in so fast you may not need to.
As a hair conditioner
Much like popular argan and coconut oils, Kalahari melon seed oil also works wonders on the hair, and there’s a couple of ways you can go about using it. To boost your usual haircare routine, apply ten or so drops to your shampoo or conditioner and mix in well. Alternatively, you could massage a few drops into your hair undiluted after washing and leave to soak – this will give it a rich and nourished appearance.
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