That’s because watermelon extract, derived from watermelon seeds, is full of radiance-boosting essential fatty acids; working to restore skin’s youthful bounce without the need for heavy creams – the last thing you want on humid August days.
But its complexion-boosting credentials don’t stop there. The fruit also contains lycopene – which boasts powerful anti-inflammatory properties, making it ideal for those suffering from redness – alongside high levels of antioxidants like vitamins A, C and B6 which help protect your skin against free radicals from the sun and pollution.
Watermelon is also brimming with citrulline, a circulation-boosting amino acid which also doubles as a super gentle exfoliator; making it ideal for those with sensitive skin. Whilst every skin type will benefit from the effects – it works wonders on everything from fine lines to breakouts – if you’re prone to dry, flaky patches, this is the ingredient you’ve most likely been looking for (try Uma’s Ultimate Brightening Rose Toner and thank us later).
The buzz around watermelon extract all seems to stem from K-beauty brand Glow Recipe and their Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask. Along with flooding thirsty skin with watermelon extract, it’s also packed with hydrating hyaluronic acid and pore-refining alpha hydroxy acids – the gelatinous texture may feel slightly unusual, but the baby-soft glowing skin you’ll wake up with the next morning is well worth it. Having racked up such a cult following, Glow Recipe has now launched a daytime version too, the Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturiser – a cooling, oil-free gel moisturiser that makes the perfect base for make-up (you can even mix it in with foundation for a flawless finish).
Another product that comes SL-rated is Su-Man’s Refining Facial Polish – a blend of watermelon, gingko biloba leaf, pomegranate and papaya extracts that gently buffs and hydrates skin, leaving it instantly brighter, smoother and firmer. And if you’re a fan of hyaluronic acid serums, and want to take your skincare routine to the next level, Dr Dennis Gross’ Clinical Concentrate Hydration Booster is the one to try – alongside clever time-release HA, it’s loaded with watermelon extract, soothing primrose oil and plumping coconut fruit juice.
And it wouldn’t be a K-beauty-inspired round-up without a mention of sheet masks. Kocostar’s innovative Watermelon Slice Mask Sheet Make comes in 12 individual slices, allowing you to target specific areas that need some extra TLC (one for fans of multi-masking); while Skin Laundry’s Hydrating Radiance Facial Treatment Mask helps calm and heal blemishes with watermelon extract and skin-strengthening niacinamide.
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