When we think of watermelon, we think of it as a thirst-quencher or a summer favourite (or an all-year round staple for Singaporeans). Consisting of 92 percent water, the sweet and juicy fruit is packed with vitamins, antioxidants and free-radical-fighting lycopene. With its beauty benefits that go beyond just hydration, it’s starting to get picked up by many skincare brands.
Suitable for all skin types, watermelons are especially beneficial for those who are more prone to breakouts, redness or dry skin, but it can also come in handy when battling fine lines. Our bodies are full of free radicals that can damage cells over time and lead to ageing. According to Faith In Nature, watermelons are packed with antioxidants like lycopene and vitamins C and A that can help to reduce free radicals and slow down the signs of ageing.
The massive hype surrounding this juicy pink fruit can be traced back to Korean beauty brand Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask. Tapping on watermelons’ hydrating powers, this pale pink mask has gained a fervent following for its skin-softening and glow-giving properties. Watermelon rinds and flesh are also traditionally used by Koreans to soothe irritated and inflamed skins.
Sarah Lee and Christine Chang, co-founders of Glow Recipe, told Byrdie that watermelon rinds and flesh are traditionally used by Koreans to soothe irritated and inflamed skins. Watermelons are also rich in citrulline, a water-binding amino acid, which has antioxidant properties that helps to condition and soften the skin, while the lycopene in watermelons is known to be anti-inflammatory that helps to battle breakouts, redness and dryness.