Taking a bite out of a fresh slice of watermelon is beyond satisfying—the naturally sweet fruit is delicious, healthy, and hydrating AF. In fact, it’s made of 92 percent water and is jam-packed with damage-fighting vitamins A and C, skin-plumping amino acids, and the phytonutrient lycopene, which is found in other red foods as well. It basically does it all: moisturizes, plumps and soothes, as well as helping to treat acne, flakiness, and fine lines and wrinkles. Considering it’s winter, though, you’re probably not consuming the summertime staple (and reaping all the skin-boosting benefits) on the regular. That’s all the more reason to inject watermelon into your year-round beauty routine—to add a touch of warmth to the colder, darker days and get glowing 24/7.
It Stops Inflammation In Its Tracks
“Watermelon has lycopene, and is a great source of vitamin C, both of which have anti-inflammatory properties,” says Lauren Slayton, nutritionist and founder of Foodtrainers in New York City. So not only can it help with any internal inflammation when ingested, but when applied topically, helps soothe skin, as well. “Vitamin C is also required for collagen formation,” she adds. When used on the skin, not only do these antioxidants help tame redness and acne, but also brighten and even out the complexion for a healthy-looking glow.
It Guards Against Free Radicals
From fine lines to sun spots to dry patches, the onslaught of environmental damage is constant. A smart way to deal with the elements besides wearing SPF every single day? Watermelon extract says Slayton, both ingested and applied directly to the skin. The reason: It’s rich in vitamin A, which helps scavenge for free radicals caused by the sun and pollution. If you use a heavy-hitting watermelon-infused product at night like our Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask ($45) that sloughs off dead skin cells and injects a powerful dose of moisture, skin will be able to repair and renew better.
It Fights Wrinkles
The watermelon rind—you know, the part you usually don’t eat—has got its own wealth of good-for-you compounds, too, particularly citrulline, an amino acid that improves blood circulation and works as a natural exfoliator. And that’s actually the part of the watermelon used originally on skin. “In Korea, our grandmothers used to rub watermelon rind on our backs in the summer to soothe and cool heat rash and irritation,” says our co-founder Christine Chang. That’s because citrulline (which, according to Slayton, is a precursor to the more well-known amino acid arginine), increases collagen production, which helps to plump skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. “We grew up relying on the naturally calming, hydrating effects of watermelon and have seen it make the biggest difference in safeguarding and protecting skin,” adds co-founder Sarah Lee.
If you wanted, you could literally put a slice of watermelon on your face to experience its multitude of benefits, or rub the rind like Korean grandmothers do. But you can also try our new Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer ($39), which features watermelon flesh and rind as its top two ingredients. The lighter-than-air formula is also laced with hydrating hyaluronic acid, making it especially great for oily to combination skin (and underneath makeup!). If you’re a bit drier or need heavy-duty moisture this winter, try using it as a serum and sealing in all that juicy goodness by slathering on a thicker cream over top.
A bonus benefit to the juicy fruit? “Beyond skincare, watermelon makes for a great margarita,” adds Slayton. How many days until summer again?
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