The Origins Of The Watermelon
Originating from southern Africa, this vine-like flowering plant produces vivid yellow and white flowers atop its hairy leaves, and creates the distinctive smooth, oval fruit known right across the world. The fruit that we know as watermelon is mostly commonly red on the inside however can be found with orange, yellow or even white flesh. Watermelons are available all year round and require temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius or above in order to grow, but are at their best during the summer months. Culturally, watermelon seeds are consumed during the Vietnamese New Year’s holiday and eaten with other seeds at Chinese New Year celebrations, but are generally growing in popularity across the world.
A relative of plants such as the squash, pumpkin and cantaloupe that also grow on vines, the watermelon constitutes only 6% sugar but a hydrating 92% water – ideal for rehydrating during the hot summer months. Watermelon extract can often be found in beauty products such as shower gels, lipsticks and lip glosses due to its hydrating properties. Full of vitamins such as Vitamin A, B6 and C, watermelon is also packed with lycopene and amino acids, all combining to contribute towards healthy skin, aiding the immune system, and benefitting from antioxidants.
The benefits of watermelon for hair and skin include:
1) Promotes Hair Growth
Arginine (an amino acid) is essential in our bodies and helps with blood circulation in the scalp. Watermelon naturally contains a lot of citrulline that increases the level of arginine and is therefore good for promoting hair growth.
2) Prevents Hair Loss
Watermelon is packed with Vitamin C, which helps your body to use non-heme iron – this ensures that enough iron is in your red blood cells to assist in carrying oxygen to your hair follicles, promoting healthy hair. Collagen is also needed for healthy hair growth and watermelon helps promote collagen formation.
3) Moisturises Hair
Watermelon Seed Oil is a very light oil, which helps to moisturise and works very well in watermelon shampoo.
4) Hydrates Skin
Dehydrated skin can lead to a dull and dry appearance, but watermelon has such a high water content that it helps to keep the skin hydrated and moisturised. This can help to keep your skin supple and looking great.
5) Acts As A Skin Toner
Watermelon contains a natural substance that helps to shrink body tissues. This essentially means that watermelon is a natural toner that can help to refresh the skin.