Watermelon Is The K-Beauty Ingredient Trend You Need To Try

Synonymous with summer, watermelon is not just the base of a great daiquiri or fresh feta salad, but also a skin-care ingredient to have on your radar. The latest in the long line of Korean imports, watermelon is now having its moment on the world stage.
Like its name suggests, watermelon is packed full of H20 (96% to be precise); however, its benefits go way beyond hydration – it’s also bursting with a cocktail of skin-nourishing ingredients. “The citrulline, an amino acid, improves blood circulation and works as a natural exfoliator, while lycopene, a phytonutrient, is an anti-inflammatory,” explains facialist Su-Man. Suitable for all skin types, watermelon is particularly beneficial for people prone to breakouts, redness, or dry and flaky skin, but it could also come in handy for battling fine lines. “Rich in antioxidants that protect the body from free radicals, watermelon is great at treating the signs of aging,” Su-Man says.
The serious buzz around this juicy pink fruit can be traced back to Korean beauty brand Glow Recipe's Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask. Utilizing watermelon’s hydrating powers, this breathable sleeping mask has gained a cult following for its skin-softening and glow-giving properties.
For a DIY (and bargain) approach, you can simply use chilled slices of watermelon as a makeshift face mask. Ideal for sun-parched or irritated skin, the watermelon will instantly cool and soothe. Or, if you fancy something a little more hi-tech, turn to one of a number of products enriched with watermelon. From an exfoliating skin polish to a brightening toner, these are our favorites…
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Inspired by royal beauty rituals of times gone by, this heavenly toner contains a mix of fresh fruit and precious essential oils. Watermelon, papaya, rose, and tomato work to gently increase cell turnover and tone the skin, leaving it revitalized and glowing.

Uma Ultimate Brightening Rose Toner, $65, available at Bloomingdales.
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A cooling combination of watermelon and cucumber makes this an ideal body moisturizer for hot-weather holidays. Super-light and non-greasy, it sinks in in a matter of minutes while also being nourishing and hydrating. Top tip: Place it in the fridge and use it as an after-sun treatment.

Elemental Herbology Watermelon & Cucumber Moisturizer, $54, available at Dermstore.
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For those days when your skin feels lackluster, this exfoliating polish will come to the rescue. The potent fruit blend of watermelon, papaya, and pomegranate extracts works like magic to gently smooth away dull, dry skin for an instantly brighter complexion.

Su-Man Refining Facial Polish, $55, available at SkinStore.
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A true godsend for dry and cracked lips, this all-natural balm harnesses the powers of watermelon extract, shea butter, and jojoba oil. The distinctly watermelon taste will transport you to sunnier climates – whatever the weather – and the packaging is a chic, minimalist dream.

Grown Alchemist Vanilla & Watermelon Lip Balm, $23, available at Net-A-Porter.
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Enriched with Origins’ lychee and watermelon hydra-sustain complex, this moisturizer is seriously thirst-quenching for dehydrated skin. Lightweight and oil-free, it's perfect for combination skin types.

Origins Make A Difference Plus Rejuvenating Treatment, $44, available at Sephora.
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This botanical blend of watermelon, apple, and lentil offers a two-pronged approach to hydration – it provides immediate comfort while also improving the skin's ability to retain moisture. Layer under your moisturizer or SPF if you want to to tackle dryness, flakiness, and rough patches.

Murad Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence, $78, available at Sephora.
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