May 7, 2018

Enjoying watermelons during summer now goes beyond just including them in your fruit shakes or salads. It’s yummy and healthy, but there’s proof that watermelon does wonders for the skin, too. Its high water content makes it perfect for hydration—and that’s just one of its best qualities.

It’s a natural exfoliator

Watermelons contain citrulline, an amino acid that improves blood circulation. And because of its acid content, watermelon extract makes for a great natural toner and exfoliator, says celebrity facialist Su-Man.

It can soothe inflamed skin

Tomatoes aren’t the only fruits rich in lycopene, apparently. Equally red, watermelons also have lycopene that has anti-inflammatory properties, which help in ridding your skin of redness and puffiness.

It works for all skin types

What’s probably the best thing about watermelons is that its benefits can be enjoyed by any skin type. It’s “particularly beneficial for people prone to breakouts, redness, or dry and flaky skin,” thanks to its moisturizing properties, Refinery29 writes. But because watermelons are also rich in vitamin A, it helps in reducing the amount of oil secreted by the skin’s glands.

You can DIY your own watermelon skincare products. Check out other fruit-based face masks here.

It’s also fairly easy to treat your skin to the benefits of watermelons. In Korea, using chilled watermelon rinds has been a traditional remedy for soothing heat rashes and irritated skin. You can do this too by slicing up watermelon rinds into thin pieces, and then popping them into the freezer—just 10 minutes would suffice, Vogue writes—then apply to your skin.

Paper-thin rind slices can be used as a mask, while squeezed out watermelon rind juice can be made into a face mist.

Header image courtesy of Unsplash

Read more:

Can you survive a zero-waste beauty routine?

You might want to take it easy on these skincare ingredients this summer

For this Korean skincare brand, papa knows best

Read more by Pauline Miranda:

A handy guide to this summer’s in-season fruits

Why you should pack sunscreen in your carry-on bag

Check your beauty kits! These Korean products contain a harmful ingredient

TAGS: beauty beauty products hydrating nolisoli skincare skincare for summer Summer summer skincare watermelon watermelon skincare routine