August Mask of the Month: Supermelon - A Trilogy

It’s a tonic! It’s a toner! It’s a mask! It’s SUPERMELON!
The August Mask of the Month is a three part treatment dedicated to the gorgeous and tasty watermelon!

Watermelon is probably the most famous and loved of summertime fruits, but it is also very beneficial to skin and body. As the name implies, the melon is a great source of water to help hydrate your body and skin. It is also full of lycopene (like July’s Mask of the Month) an antioxidant that helps to fight off the free radicals that cause aging. Applied topically, it hydrates, refreshes and cools inflammation in any type of skin, leaving a telltale glow. It can even mildly exfoliate and alleviate breakouts due to the fruit acids. 

The cucumber in this mask works similarly to the watermelon with a cooling and hydrating effect. It also contains silica, which supports collagen growth in the body. The mint adds an additional cooling element and the parsley is toning and helps to lighten pigmentation and redness.

All of these ingredients, when taken internally, are also gently detoxifying for the body and skin.
Supermelon – A Trilogy

¼ small watermelon (chilled)

2 inch chunk of cucumber (chilled and peeled)

1 small handful fresh mint

1 small handful fresh parsley

Small amount of kaolin clay (or any other clay you have on hand)

Blend all ingredients well in a blender or food processor.  Then here is the fun part…

For the tonic drink:

Pour the mixture directly into your favorite glass. Top with a sprig of mint and enjoy! You will get all of the internal benefits and the fiber from the watermelon and cucumber.
For the toner:

Strain the remaining mixture through a fine mesh sieve. Pour the liquid into a glass jar or spray bottle.
Use this as a cooling, refreshing facial toner throughout the day. Use the toner within a day or so. You can also drink whatever you don't use.
For the mask:

  With the thicker portion leftover in the sieve, take 1 Tablespoon and mix it with a small amount of kaolin (or other) clay to make a mask-like consistency. Apply to freshly cleansed skin for 15 minutes, rinse with warm water and apply the melon toner, followed by your favorite moisturizer.
You can compost any remaining mixture.
For another skin-hydrating watermelon recipe, check out my Watermelon Gazpacho post.

Do you have any favorite watermelon recipes?

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