Watermelons are synonyms with peak Indian summers (considering I eat a portion of watermelon at least 3 times a week), but watermelon on my face.
I thought someone had put my feelings onto paper since when I was first told about a Watermelon Facial but the skeptic in me wanted to know if it was really good for skin. So I headed to Blossom Kochhar Spalon in Hauz Khas Village.
About Blossom Kochhar
I’ve had the fortune of working with Dr. Blossom Kochhar as she was one of the natural beauty experts at Prevention magazine too. Rooted in Aromatherapy, her brand was launched in 1992.
They pride themselves on their products being sulfates, parabens, and phthalates free.
About Blossom Kochhar Spalon
Nestled in Hauz Khas Village (next to Naivedyam), the Blossom Kochhar Spalon is a three-storey setup. The ground floor all of their skincare, body care and hair care products along with their collection of essential oils. A mani-pedi station is set up on the ground floor whereas the spa rooms are on the first floor. The second floor is now home to a cutesy cafe called The Tea Room.
About the Ambience: Spa Room, Blossom Kochhar Spalon
It would be unfair of me to compare it to a 5-star hotel. The spa rooms are divided through canopies and sheer curtains as the Blossom Kochhar Spalon is parallel to the Deer Park. They play really good, relaxing music. However, phone calls and simple things like a door opening is something I’d like to avoid during my spa time.
About Blossom Kochhar’s Watermelon Facial
Since the foundation is rooted in aromatherapy, the therapist started by gently massaging Geranium oil onto my palms. I then inhaled two drops of it (inhale through the nose, exhale through the mouth) which instantly helped me de-stress and detach myself from the sweat and the sun.
She then thoroughly cleansed my face followed by a mask that almost smelled like Cerelac (or something milky?). When I asked her what it was, she said it’s a protein mask. She first massaged it onto my skin and then let it dry for about 5 minutes.
Then she wiped off and applied an oil which felt more like a toner. She said she’s preparing my skin for a cleanup. I knew this next step was going to hurt since I specifically find blackhead and whitehead removal excessively painful. Given the fact that I wasn’t feeling the best about my skin, I wasn’t about to stop her.
She then used a tool and was very thorough in removing blackheads and whiteheads from my nose and chin. While it was painful for me, it was a completely different method to what I’m used to i.e. steam or microdermabrasion.
When the hard part was over, things got better. After cleaning up my pores, she massaged my face with watermelon water. The therapist was just right on pressure points and really helped me unwind for a few minutes.
An accidental touch later (I usually don’t touch my face during a facial), I realized the watermelon juice has helped retain the moisture and almost worked as a humectant.
She then proceeded to use fresh watermelon juice and use it as a mask.
Feeling fresh and re-hydrated, she used a day cream and sunscreen on my face, which was already a little red.
Post-Facial: Does a Watermelon Facial Really Work?
Post my facial (and lunch), I only washed my face with plain water. My skin felt super soft and hydrated.
So not only does eating watermelons help (and eating citrus fruits) but other apply watermelon does too. Along with a lot of other potent ingredients.
Duration and Cost
The facial lasted for more than an hour and is for Rs 2,000 plus taxes.
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