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?
What is Kalahari melon seed oil?The origins of this fascinating natural oil can be traced all the way back to the plains of Southern Africa. Growing mostly in Namibia and Botswana, deep in the desert from which the oil gets its name, is the wild watermelon. Also known by Latin title ‘Citrullus Vulgaris’, they are far from the refreshing watermelons we all know. The Kalahari melon has yellow or pale green flesh and a bitter taste – but thankfully we don’t need to eat it to get something great from this wonder fruit. The secret’s in its seeds.
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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So why is everyone so excited about the all-natural Kalahari melon seed oil?
- Kalahari melon seed oil is a great choice for a natural facial cleanse. The oil is super-rich in linolenic acid; which makes up between 50% and 70% of its entire content. Used on the face, it gets to work unclogging pores and removing excess sebum from the surface of your skin.
- It makes skin look firmer and the appearance of wrinkles are often reduced. Packed full of antioxidants, and Vitamins A, C and E, it has a hydrating and tightening effect when applied.
- It reduces inflammation caused by conditions like acne, as the combination of skin-friendly vitamins have a soothing effect. Kalahari melon seed oil is surprisingly light and easily absorbed by the skin – much unlike other popular oils.
- The oil can be effective at helping to repair skin damage and scars. Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids aren’t created naturally within the body – so they must be added for their benefit to be realised. And yes, you guess it, Kalahari melon seed oil is really rich in both. These stimulate skin cell growth, prompting regeneration and giving skin a much plumper, fresher appearance.
- It works wonders as a conditioner for the hair and scalp. While treatment hair oils have boomed in popularity in recent years, Kalahari melon seed oil has the edge because it is much less greasy; perhaps even the most grease-free oil option around.
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How to use it
In your moisturiser
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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