Watermelon, the ultimate summer solace for health & skin

Watermelons are synonymous with summertime with a lip-smacking taste and a distinct juicy, sweet and refreshing quality.

Watermelons and Indian summers are made for each other. High in water content and low in calories, watermelon is a cool option on a scorching afternoon.


A slice of juicy watermelon is one of summer’s most delicious seasonal treats. Its refreshing sweetness makes it a versatile ingredient for all dishes, from salads to salsas to smoothies.

Nothing beats a big, juicy wedge of watermelon on a hot summer day, whether it’s berries, mango, peaches, or litchi.

Watermelon is rich in salt, potassium, and electrolytes which are essential for maintaining your body’s strength. It also has vitamins A, B and C, antioxidant lycopene, ascorbic acid, and citrulline. It contains  90% water by weight.

Watermelons are tasty, hydrating and help in burning calories.

When you are incredibly thirsty and need to replenish fluids in your body, watermelon is the ideal summer go-to. This luscious summer fruit is not only a delicious summer snack but also has several advantages for the skin.

From keeping you cool to maintaining your skin health, let us look at some of the benefits of consuming watermelons in summer

Benefits of Watermelon for the skin:

Hydrates your skin: Whether you apply a watermelon face mask or consume a fresh slice, it keeps your skin hydrated. From acne-prone to sensitive, dry to combination skin, it’s a one-fruit-fits-all kind of thing. If you have sensitive, acne-prone skin, the strong anti-inflammatory properties in watermelon can help calm skin irritation, redness, and inflammation. Vitamins A, B6 and C in watermelon help in collagen production. Collagen improves skin texture and suppleness, making it brighter and blemish-free.

Lycopene in watermelons has a sun-protection effect, so you are less likely to get sunburn. The Vitamin A in watermelon keeps your eyes sparkly and healthy and can prevent macular degeneration.

At home, you may make your moisturising facemask using watermelon and honey. Honey is a humectant that replenishes moisture and works quickly to give you smooth, bright skin. It hydrates and cures dry skin.

Combine two tablespoons of watermelon juice and one tablespoon of honey in a mixing dish. Apply the mixture to your face. Allow it to sit for 10-12 minutes before washing it off. For the best results, do this once a week.

Watermelon reduces the redness of the skin that is prone to acne.

Prevent oily skin

Watermelon is an excellent skin component, particularly for individuals with oily skin. The delicious red fruit reduces pores and has unparalleled moisturising effects. It treats oily skin by controlling the oil-producing glands called sebaceous glands, allowing your face to be free of oil and acne.

Watermelon is beneficial for eliminating excess oil from your skin.

Mix one tablespoon each of watermelon pulp and banana pulp in a bowl with a spatula and apply to the face and neck. Allow 20 to 25 minutes for the face pack to dry. After that, wash it with warm water. This is the finest watermelon face mask for those who suffer from acne and pigmentation.

A mixture of mashed watermelon and tomato pulp can be used to smoothen oily skin. The malic acid in watermelon and lycopene in tomato act as natural exfoliators and soothe the skin

A natural skin toner: Watermelon juice is a natural toner that is as good as rose water for your skin because of its natural extracts.

Vitamin C and antioxidants in watermelon help regenerate skin cells and protect them from injury. These nutrients prevent free radical damage and also protect your skin from further disruption.

To tone your skin, gently apply fresh watermelon juice to it and rinse it off.

Watermelon seeds are a good source of magnesium that lowers cortisol levels, reducing acne and balancing out your hormones.

They also contain protein, fatty acids, and ceramides that help in locking the moisture in your skin.

Natural Exfoliator: The grainy particles present in the fruit help gently exfoliate the skin.

Watermelon is rich in vitamin C, which brightens your skin quickly. The gritty particles in the fruit assist in gently exfoliating the skin while moisturising it. To naturally scrub off dead skin cells, apply a teaspoon of mashed watermelon to your skin.

Rub watermelon and tomato pulp across the face or body to remove dead skin cells in circular motions. The malic acid in watermelon and the enzymes in tomato help break down the glue that holds the dead skin cells together.

Combining mashed watermelon with yogurt and honey and leaving the paste on the face for 10-15 minutes can be beneficial. The antioxidants in honey and watermelon can reduce inflammation while yogurt can exfoliate the skin.

An Anti-Ager

Watermelons are enriched with antioxidants and vitamins, which all involve offering you glowing skin. Antioxidants help combat free radical damage and enhance suppleness, reducing fine lines and wrinkles and making skin appear tighter. Vitamins brighten dull skin and take off that layer that makes it look tired and overworked.

Mix watermelon pulp, milk and honey. Make a paste and apply it to your face. Wash it with running or lukewarm water.  Watermelon has potent antioxidants that fight free radicals to prevent premature ageing. Milk, on the other hand, is a natural cleanser that deep cleanses the skin and removes dead skin cells.

Cure sunburn

Applying a watermelon and cucumber face pack to cure sunburn is recommended. Both watermelon and cucumber are excellent for your skin. Cucumber is a cooling substance that aids in the removal of tan. Watermelon has various aesthetic advantages, including moisturising and soothing inflammation and itching. It also contains lycopene, protecting the skin from sunburn and skin cancer. It blocks UV rays at least twice as well as an antioxidant.

Mix a spoonful of cucumber pulp with watermelon juice to make the face mask. Apply the pack evenly to your face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes before washing it off.

The best time to eat watermelons is in the morning between 10 am to 12 pm, as breakfast or between breakfast and lunch. You can also have it as an evening snack, before 5 pm. Do not consume it at night or with your meals.

Diabetics and those with digestion problems must avoid watermelons. Have it in moderation and never too much, otherwise, it sure can make you feel bloated, and gassy and even give you a stomach ache.

It’s safe, to use it for skin care. The only people who can’t use it are those who are allergic to watermelon.

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