Not only is watermelon my favorite fruit and the ultimate hot weather treat, but it’s also got crazy skin care benefits.
Watermelon is made of 93 percent water to boost hydration and is packed with nutrients including Vitamins A, C and E. Vitamin A is known for its anti-aging properties, while Vitamin C is the gold standard for brightening skin and fading dark spots. Vitamin E is an antioxidant powerhouse, which protects skin from pollution and other stressors, including unhealthy habits such as smoking or eating delicious but not-so-good-for-us foods. Watermelon also contains malic acid, a chemical exfoliant that provides gentle resurfacing to reveal smooth, glowing skin. The best part of it all? It smells amazing.
Here are some of my favorite watermelon skin care products.
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask
This gel mask is packed with gentle exfoliating alpha hydroxy acids, soothing watermelon extract, and plumping and hydrating hyaluronic acid. Wear it while sleeping to reveal soft, glowing skin in the morning, or use it before a big event for a fresh, makeup-ready face.
Sephora Collection After-Sun Mask
According to K-beauty experts, Korean grandmothers used watermelon rind to soothe skin irritations like sunburns for decades. You should wear sunscreen every day, but sometimes we can’t help it if we’re a little pink. Use this mask after a day in the sun to soothe skin. Pop it in the fridge for about an hour (or more) before use for an extra cooling effect.
Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel
If you know this column, you know this is one of my hero products, with nourishing B vitamins to aid barrier function that keeps in hydration, pineapple ceramides to improve skin texture and watermelon rind/apple/lentil complex to provide hydration and improve moisture retention for up to 24 hours. It’s a fruit cocktail of nutrients for your skin.
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Jelly Sheet Mask
This jelly mask delivers a shot of hydration and vitamins, soothes tired skin and banishes dullness. Use this mask in your skin care routine as a serum step — or, after toner and before moisturizer — for best results.
Milk Makeup Watermelon Brightening Serum
Aside from hero watermelon extract, this serum’s Swiss garden cress sprout extract will brighten skin and even out skin tone. Matrixyl, a super peptide, is an anti-aging hero that stimulates collagen production and works to repair damage. Added bonus: this serum’s stick formula is TSA-friendly and makes spillage a non-issue, so it’s perfect for travel.
Glow Recipe Watermelon Pink Juice Moisturizer
This moisturizer made with watermelon extract, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid is perfect for all skin types. If you have oily skin, this is the best daytime moisturizer since it’s oil-free, lightweight and contains anti-inflammatory properties to soothe redness and swelling that accompany breakouts. The formula’s hyaluronic acid allows it to also be used as a hydrating serum, perfect for those with dry skin.
GIA MAZUR is a staff writer for the Lifestyles Department of The Times-Tribune. Contact her at email@example.com, 570-348-9127 or @gmazurTT on Twitter.