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4 Ways To Enjoy the Skincare Benefits Of Watermelon

It is challenging for most people to remember a summer without watermelon. The fruit is among the most refreshing, sweet, and healthy summer snacks. While it is nutritional, watermelon is also beneficial for your skin.


According to dermatologists and other medical professionals, this vitamin-rich food possesses nutritional benefits inside and outside the body. In fact, watermelon is a popular and trusted skincare ingredient in Korea. Only recently have other countries, including the U.S., jumped aboard the watermelon skincare train.


While many skincare products now contain watermelon, you can use the fruit itself for skin benefits. Experts recommend a few techniques for getting the most out of your watermelon.


1. The Rind Can Soothe Irritation


How often do you throw the watermelon rind away? Stop. The hard green shell of the melon has soothing properties that can help calm inflammation and redness. The best part is you don't have to do anything special to the rind.


All you do is remove the red, juicy meat of the fruit, and then place the rind over the irritated skin. Make sure you have the inside of the rind touching your skin. As you let the rind do its magic, you can snack on some of the fresh-cut melon.


If sitting with a rind on your arm, back, or face does not appeal to you, you can also use it in a DIY mask. However, when using it in a mask recipe, you will want to refrigerate it and slice it thin.


2. Consuming the Fruit Can Rejuvenate Your Skin


Simply eating the fruit can help hydrate and heal your skin. Watermelon is a rich source of vitamins A, C, and E. Vitamins A and C help repair and moisturize the skin and protect it against sun damage. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects against free radicals and can help with hyperpigmentation.


Watermelon is also a water-rich food, which means it can help the body hold water. When you are adequately hydrated, your body delivers nutrients efficiently. The quicker nutrients are delivered throughout the body, the faster they benefit your health and skin.


3. Watermelon Seeds Lock in Moisture


You probably enjoyed spitting watermelon seeds at your siblings and friends as a child, but you likely never ate them. However, watermelon seeds are a nutritional treat when prepared correctly.


While you can eat watermelon seeds raw, it is best to cook them. The seeds contain fatty acids, protein, and ceramides, which help your skin lock in moisture. Also, the seeds contain magnesium, which can help balance hormones and lower cortisol levels. The combination of magnesium and other nutrients can reduce acne.


4. Watermelon-Based Products


While eating the melon or using its rind is convenient, you can also purchase watermelon-based products. As a seasonal fruit, finding fresh watermelon to eat or making a mask is not always practical. Commercially available skincare products make the continual use of watermelon possible. There is no reason you need to go an entire season or longer without the benefits from the oblong fruit.


Watermelon is a delicious and unique summer fruit, but it is also so much more. The unique mix of vitamins and minerals means the fruit is beneficial for skin care and maintenance. If you want to learn more about the benefits of watermelon for your skin, talk to a dermatologist.

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