IF IT’S GOOD enough to eat, it’s good enough for your skin and face. That’s the general rule with fruit. Packed full of antioxidants and vitamins, fruit helps our body fight free radicals, largely responsible for the signs of ageing. Many kinds are also great for hydration, brightening and even weight loss.
Spas tend to offer treatments using fruit in their entirety, or at least as close to its original form as possible – ground to a pulp or squeezed for juice. This also makes the benefits of fruit more accessible.
“Fresh fruit is a universally beneficial beauty food,” adds Regional Spa Trainer Kelvin Tay from the Asmara Lifestyle Group, which runs Aramsa the Garden Spa in Singapore. “No matter what your skin type, age, tone or texture is, fruit is the simplest natural ingredient that can be incorporated into any skincare regime.” Known for its use of botanicals and fruit, the spa has recently introduced a new slimming programme based around the benefits of fruit.
“Fruit always represents natural, fresh, moisturising, and is usually safer than other ingredients,” says E lva Xue, senior spa manager at the Anantara Spa at The Puli Hotel and Spa, Shanghai, which offers a White Tea and Avocado Body Wrap. “Because [this treatment] is deeply moisturising, it’s very popular in autumn and winter,” she adds. Avocado oil is naturally hydrating and penetrates deep into the skin. Rich in proteins and vitamins A, D and E, it can have antibacterial and antiinflammatory effects on the skin, healing cuts and scars.
Beyond that, fruit is also a popular ingredient in skincare. “Fruit-based ingredients such as fruit acids (AHAs), vitamins, antioxidants and enzymes are a major part of your skincare formulations,” says Louisa Ho, spa director for the Melo Spa at Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Sha Tin, which takes its name from the pomelo. “All these ingredients are highly beneficial to the skin. Fruit contains many nutrients such as vitamins, collagen, enzymes and acids. Our skin needs all these elements to repair its cells: stimulate cell-renewal, improve the elasticity of the skin and restore skin radiance.” Melo Spa is a firm believer in the power of fruit, using a mix of indigenous fruits such as lemon and grapefruit in many of its treatments. Says Ho, “Citrus fruits like lemon, grapefruit, pomelo are very rich in Vitamin C, which helps make skin glow, improves dullness and balances the complexion. It also improves rough and dry skin, and removes freckles.” In addition, citrus fruits are high in vitamin E, essential for healthy, bright skin. Their refreshing scent is also known to be uplifting, helping guests feel more rejuvenated and less sluggish.
Lately much has been made of the beneficial properties of coconut water and oil. This fruit, packed with vitamins and hydrating properties, naturally makes an appearance in many a spa treatment as well. At Banyan Tree Spa at the Banyan Tree Phuket, the signature Harmony Banyan is one such treatment, beginning with a pineapple and coconut scrub designed to cleanse and smooth the skin. “Coconut has multi-nutrients that soften and nourish the skin,” says Kanruethai Roongruang, senior assistant vice president/executive director – spa operations for Banyan Tree and Angsana spas. “[The scrub] also contains honey, which has anti-bacterial and anti-ageing properties. As a natural fruit cleanser, this scrub leaves the skin soft and tender.”
Fruit can do no wrong in spa treatments, be they in the form of scrubs, facial masks or oils. Effective and deeply relaxing, they literally pack a powerful punch in any treatment.
BANYAN TREE SPA, PHUKET
At the tropical Banyan Tree Phuket, the indulgent four-handed Harmony Banyan massage includes a pineapple and coconut scrub as well as an apple and green tea bath. While the highlight of the treatment is definitely the massage carried out in tandem by two therapists, the addition of the pineapple and coconut scrub ensures skin is well exfoliated as well as hydrated. Pineapple is also a major source of vitamin C and B-complex. The treatment ends with an apple and green tea bath, which promotes deep relaxation. banyantree.com
ARAMSA THE GARDEN SPA, SINGAPORE
This beautiful, tropical spa has always focused on the powerful benefits of fruit extracts and botanicals. Its Shape Up programme highlights just how effective this can be. Beginning with an exfoliation using grapefruit extracts that help to break down fats, the treatment brightens the skin and aids in breaking down fats. Next, choose either a Contouring Thermal Ampoule for slimming featuring fiery capsicum extract, or the Anti-Cellulite Cold Ampoule with refreshing lemon. The finale contouring massage includes a heated muslin parcel of yellow ginger to further aid detox. aramsaspas.com
ANANTARA SPA AT THE PULI, SHANGHAI
While the Anantara Spa at The Puli is known for using Chinese tea as its main ingredient, it’s also renowned for combining this traditional ingredient with a range of fruit options to enhance treatments. The White Tea and Avocado Body Wrap is deeply moisturising and uses nourishing avocado to transport essential vitamins such as E and B to the glands below the skin. Great for dry skin, the white tea in the treatment naturally soothes tired and fatigued skin, has antioxidant properties and clears the mind, while the avocado butter, created with the fruit’s oil, is easily absorbed and helps keep the skin clear. The antioxidants in the avocado also help rid the skin of toxins and prevent premature ageing. spa.anantara.com/shanghai
MELO SPA AT HYATT REGENCY HONG KONG SHA TIN
Named after the pomelo, this elegant spa unsurprisingly focuses its signature treatments on the benefits of citrus fruits. Melo Spa’s signature facial uses a powerful blend of antioxidant white, red and green tea extracts combined with papaya, citrus, pomegranate and grapeseed extracts. This powerful concoction neutralises free radicals and protects the skin from toxins and premature ageing.