Watermelon Is Going To Change Your Skincare Routine
by Maria Del Russo
Watermelon has the reputation of being a go-to summer staple, conjuring up visions of beaches, barbecues, and steamy, sunny days. But this fruit isn’t just a tasty treat to be enjoyed in the warmer months. Watermelon, as it turns out, is actually really good for you — inside and out.
“Watermelon has been linked to cardiovascular health because of its antioxidants, including lycopene,” Ginger Hultin, a Seattle-based registered dietitian, nutritionist and Arivale coach, says. “It’s also rich in vitamins A and C, as well as B5, copper, and potassium.” All of these antioxidants make it anti-inflammatory, which is good for your entire body, but especially your skin. Inflammation can cause flare-ups in a whole host of common skin concerns, from acne to rosacea. Anti-inflammatory foods can help combat that from the inside out.
That’s exactly why we put it into our first solid serum and face mask. Our new Watermelon Brightening Serum delivers all of the benefits of this juicy fruit to your skin in just one swipe. It hydrates while also brightening skin tone, leaving you with supple, glowing skin that lasts all day. Watermelon Brightening Face Mask brings the same brightening, hydrating magic in a concentrated clay mask formula. Just swipe the mask on, give it 10 minutes to work its magic, and then wash it off to reveal brighter, happier, refreshed skin. The serum stick, the mask, and the rest of the Milk Makeup line are also now 100% vegan. So now, let’s get to know a bit more about this great ingredient.
Hultin also says that the high concentration of vitamin C in watermelon can help stimulate collagen production in the body, which is music to most people’s ears when it comes to skincare. “It also contains a high level of water, which is hydrating,” she explains. And a well-hydrated body is the foundation of gorgeous, glowing skin. (She also says you can roast watermelon seeds like pumpkin seeds for a crunchy snack, which sounds pretty incredible to us.)
But the benefits of watermelon don’t just come from eating it. Watermelon is actually super beneficial when used as a topical treatment. According to Joshua Zeichner, MD, a New York-based dermatologist, all of the ingredients Hultin listed are what make this an amazing topical treatment, too. “Watermelon is rich in antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin A, and lycopene,” he says. “They help prevent free radical damage from UV light and other environmental exposure from harming the skin.”
And those anti-inflammatory benefits that help from the inside-out can also help from outside-in. The lycopene in watermelon can help tame a breakout, so slapping a small sliver of the pink fruit on your skin might be your new go-to spot treatment.
Now you’re probably wondering — if watermelon is so great, why hasn’t it been popping up in every skincare product I’ve ever used? Truthfully, this fruit isn’t really on the radar when it comes to traditional skin care products. But that doesn’t mean that folks haven’t been aware of watermelon’s myriad skin care uses for some time.
In fact, watermelon’s reputation as a skincare wunderkind isn’t all that new. The fruit has been used in Korea as a skincare staple for years, with mothers grating cool watermelon rind to create DIY face masks for their daughters. The water content makes raw watermelon intensely hydrating, which makes this a fantastic in-a-pinch treatment if you’ve accidentally given yourself a sunburn. (Ouch.) But even in Korea, watermelon hasn’t necessarily trickled into mainstream skin care. It’s still mainly a DIY solution, like milk baths or mayonnaise hair masks. (Although, admittedly, this smells a lot better than that.)
So sure — watermelon may be amazing for barbecues and a yummy, refreshing snack. But the skin care benefits of this juicy fruit make it one to reach for. And the best part about using it on your face? You don’t have to wait until summer to enjoy it.