By Kara Mavros
My mother always told me to eat watermelon if I wanted beautiful skin. It’s not just an old wives tale – watermelon is full of vitamins such as Vitamin A, B6 and C. It’s also packed with lycopene and amino acids, all combining to contribute towards healthy, radiant skin.
While my mother has been aware of the summer fruits benefits for years, the American beauty industry has only recently taken notice, with products packed full of natural vitamins and lycopene via watermelon. Watermelon rinds and flesh have been a staple in Korean beauty for some time now, using the amino acids found naturally in them to treat inflammation and the redness that comes along with it. One of these products that’s proven to be particularly popular so far this year is Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer.
In my opinion, texture is everything when it comes to moisturizers, and this one is nothing short of a dream – it’s silky and jelly without being sticky or oily and it has a cooling effect when applied. My skin drinks it up like a Gatorade after a long night of drinking. Seriously, it’s that good. One thing I was skeptical about, and I’m still not sure I’m sold on is the scent. As you could imagine, it smells like watermelon. While my nose thinks this is wonderful, my sensitive skin typically does not respond well to scented formulas.
The jury’s still out on this one, since I’ve only used it a handful of times, but overall I’m very happy with the immediate results. The watermelon extract in the formula leaves my skin, yes, glowy (as the brand name suggests) but also supple and dewy.
It also doesn’t hurt that Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer, like many other watermelon skin care products I’ve found, comes in dangerously cute packaging that is extremely Instagram-friendly. Aesthetically speaking, watermelon skin care might just be a beauty influencer’s best friend. This packaging is just as useful as it is beautiful, though – I always love a product with a pump that makes getting ready a little bit faster and less messy.
If you only have room for one seasonal summer staple in your skin care routine, I think it should include watermelon – your whole aesthetic (skin and shelfie) will thank me later.