Melon is a cosmetic antioxidant ingredient that is getting some attention, perhaps for no other reason than it is in the Meaningful Beauty line fronted by Cindy Crawford. The other day, I noticed a variation on the melon theme in Glytone Antioxidant Serum $120.

The combination of melon extract and Hydroxypropyltrimonium Maltodextrin Crosspolymer is being marketed as Extramel, a potent antioxidant. It is supposed to come from a new melon species (we aren’t told which one) that has three or four times the lift span of an ordinary one. The makers of Extramel have encapsulated the melon’s superoxide dismutase (SOD) and, thereby, claim to have made it more effective at phytoprotection.

Unfortunately, it seems to be one of these trademarked ingredients that is having the hell marketed out of it with claims that it will make you look younger, feel calmer and become thinner. Extramel has, for example, been tested (on hamsters) as a fat burner that will help weight loss. This, like the study on humans taking a melon juice concentrate, was conducted by Seppic, the makers of Extramel.

I wish I knew which melon goes into the making of Extramel as not all of them seem to created equal. For example, the wild bitter melon doesn’t seem to be up to much at all, according to researchers in Taiwan, who found it to be a weaker free radical scavenger than vitamin E.

At this stage, I can’t say I am convinced enough to drop $120 on Glytone Antioxidant Serum. Mind you, it does have a few other interesting things in it. There is a stable form of vitamin C called tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, plus water lily extract and a smattering of red tea. Interestingly, Glytone has another thing in common with Meaningful Beauty: a time released form of vitamin E, an amino acid from wheat protein called palmitoyl proline. This ingredient is also Celazome. Despite its popularity, I haven’t been able to find out that much about it.

Ingredients In Glytone:

Water, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Glucoside, Sodium Palmitoyl Proline, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 60, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Maltodextrin Crosspolymer, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (Red Tea) Extract, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tropolone.