Beauty

Watermelon Is the Secret Ingredient for Year-Round Glowing Skin

There are certain things that just scream summer. Cutoffs, tank tops, swimsuits, beach wave sprays and all kinds of tropical-smelling sunscreens (even though SPF really should be an all-season thing). And when it comes to sweet treats, watermelon is at the top of the list. A staple at outdoor picnics and barbecues, the colorful fruit is super healthy with vitamins A, B6 and C, amino acids, antioxidants and lycopene. Plus, watermelon is mostly water, making it a low-calorie and fat-free superfood.

Its high water content also makes it ideal for skin care. You may not realize it, but watermelon is added to everything from gels to serums to moisturizers to up the hydration factor. It’s also a great anti-aging ingredient since lycopene along with vitamins C and A combat skin-damaging free radicals. And it’s not just the pink part that brings big benefits. The striped rind and even the seeds are also valued as powerhouse ingredients.

Make watermelon a daily part of your year-round skin care regimen with the 12 powerful watermelon beauty products above.

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