11 Watermelon-Infused Beauty Products To Try This Summer

Much more than a delicious seasonal staple on our plates (and in our frozen margaritas), watermelon is having a major beauty moment. The latest in the long line of Korean imports, this juicy ingredient is packed with benefits for your face and body, it helps refresh us on a hot day and delivers that dewy, summer glow. From a brightening serum to a quenching mask, these are our freshest picks…

The buzz around watermelon extract stems from Korean beauty brands who have been harnessing its benefits for years, so it’s about time we saw this trend flow into our products here, too.
 Full of radiance-boosting essential fatty acids, watermelon works to restore skin’s youthful bounce without resorting to heavy creams. 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 with redness or any skin irritations.

There’s also the inclusion of vitamins A, C and B6 which help to protect skin against free radicals from the sun and pollution. Trial the trend and reap the skin-soothing benefits yourself with one of our hydrating picks below…

Ciaté London Watermelon Burst Hydrating Primer, £24

With a jelly texture and watermelon beads that break upon contact with the skin, this soothing primer is satisfying to touch, and feels incredibly hydrating. Loaded with skin-loving niacinamide, vitamin E and hyaluronic acid, the dry down is fast and it helps foundation go on smoothly on top – not to mention last longer, too. 

Available at LookFantastic.com

Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel, £44

Looking to swap out your thick cream for something lighter? Drunk Elephant’s lightweight gel contains nourishing B vitamins and watermelon rind to plump, hydrate and resurface uneven tone without ever feeling heavy.

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk

GLOW Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Juice, £18.50

Their cult overnight mask was a huge success, so it’s little wonder this Korean beauty brand soon followed up with a daily moisturiser. The fresh, fruity smell should have you at hello, but the glowing, luminous results it delivers truly seals the deal. With an oil-free formula, it uses 90% watermelon extract so you can really reap the fruit’s vitamin-rich benefits. The gentler formula also means all skin types can get involved without irritation or redness.

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk

Grown Alchemist Watermelon & Vitamin Lip Balm, £15

Loaded with watermelon seed oil and vanilla, this super-hydrating balm imparts a smooth, supple finish to lips and keeps cracks at bay. The dinky size is ideal for on-the-go too and handy for chucking into your bag.

Available at Net-A-Porter.com

MAC Mini Watermelon Prep & Prime Fix+, £12.50

MAC’s best-selling prep & prime spray has recently had a summer-inspired makeover that includes five new scents, one of course, being watermelon. Packed with watermelon, vitamins and minerals, this delivers all the benefits of the original, just with an extra hit of hydration.

Available at JohnLewis.com

MILK Make-Up Watermelon Brightening Solid Serum Stick, £12

MILK’s first-ever serum stick is a must-have product for those wanting quick, speedy hydration in a fuss-free manner. Containing a hefty dose of watermelon and a blend of vitamins A, C and E for brightening, it is completely fragrance-free and swaps out retinol for a similar line-fighting peptide complex called matrixyl. So, again, it’s kind to skin, accessible and ideal for travelling, too.

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk

NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Cushion Foundation SPF50, £25

This cushion compact has been recommended by many make-up artists for those with very dry skin. It’s little wonder given the luxe formula’s hydrating ingredients that give sheer-to-medium coverage, while allowing the skin to still breathe. The dewy finish it gives cheeks is guaranteed to cause compliments, too.

Available at NARSCosmetics.com

Revolution Watermelon Hydrating Face Mask, £8

Revolution’s latest mask fully lives up to its hydrating name, thanks to nourishing castor oil, watermelon, glycerine and an invigorating jelly texture. It targets all skin woes, including dryness and acne.

Available at BeautyBay.com

Sanctuary Spa Wet Skin Radiance, £10

Jelly Bodycare doesn’t get much easier than this – apply Sanctuary’s latest innovation to wet skin (preferably before you’ve even got out the shower for extra ease), and you’re done. It really is that simple, all you then need to do is towel dry. Clinically proven to lock in 3x the hydration, you’ll start to notice the skin-softening benefits in days. Another bonus is the mix of AHA’s inside, so not only are you getting much-needed hydration, you’re also exfoliating simultaneously. Genius.

Available at Boots.com

Saturday Skin Quench Intense Hydration Mask, £4.60

Another South Korean hero, this juicy sheet mask is the perfect shortcut to smooth, even skin. With aloe vera extract working in unison with watermelon, it’s the ultimate treat after being in the sun too long, while hyaluronic acid keeps skin feeling plump and soft. The radiant results are temporary (as with all sheet masks) but they’re certainly instantaneous and incredibly gratifying.

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk

St Tropez Watermelon Infusion Bronzing Mousse, £31

We’ve always loved St Tropez’s classic self-tan, and this is simply an update with extra moisturising ingredients to ensure your tan lasts for longer – we found ours lasted for at least ten days. The mousse formula hydrates without any greasiness, and smells incredibly subtle, not like the usual DHA that permeates your clothes and sheets. As for the tan itself, you’ll notice it develops within two hours, so you’ll be able to make top-ups and amends where needed.

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk

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