It's melon time! Juicy, sweet and colorful, the melon is the fruit of summer. However, when we eat it, we always discard a very important part, its seeds! In a previous article we saw that dried melon seeds can become a healthy snack, rich in antioxidants and fatty acids useful for fighting free radicals and excess cholesterol. But precisely these characteristics make melon seeds also a precious ingredient for DIY beauty remedies. So let's see what science says about the cosmetic properties of melon seeds.
Then two simple recipes will be presented to take care of our beauty using, precisely, these seeds, even without the need to dry them but using them directly after having taken them from the melon pulp.
Melon seeds in cosmetics, what science says
Melon seeds are excellent healthy snacks but they can also become a true beauty secret. In fact, melon seeds are rich in fatty acids, among which linoleic acid stands out, which is also the most abundant fatty acid in the epidermis. Linoleic acid is anti-inflammatory, strengthens the skin barrier, fights dermatitis, has a rejuvenating and illuminating action (Nasrollahi et al, Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol, 2018). In addition to fatty acids, melon seeds contain antioxidants, such as phenolic compounds and vitamin E, which help strengthen the skin and counteract aging processes (Zeb et al, Foods, 2016). In fact, melon seed scrubs are considered a valid aid in reducing dark skin spots (Marume et al, Poult Sci, 2020). Not only that, the catechins present are astringent and therefore help to give more tone to the skin and to fight acne (Mahmood et al, Int J Womens Dermatol., 2017).
Facial tonic with melon seeds
Pour a glass of water and a spoonful of melon seeds into a saucepan. Bring everything to a boil and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool down. Filter and use as a toner on face and neck after cleansing daily. Store in the refrigerator for no more than 4-5 days.
Melon seed scrub
Blend a spoonful of melon seeds. Also add a teaspoon of melon pulp. In a small bowl add oatmeal, or ground oat flakes, as much as needed to give the right consistency to the mixture. Oatmeal improves skin hydration, is anti-inflammatory and prebiotic, namely helps to support a healthy skin microbiota (Liu Walsh et al, Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol, 2021). Finally, complete with a teaspoon of brown sugar. Apply immediately on clean face, massage for a couple of minutes, then leave on for about ten minutes, then rinse and continue with your usual treatment.