Believe it or not, watermelon does a lot more than simply refresh on a sunny day. We know watermelon is a low-calorie and satisfying sweet snack, but when added to your daily beauty routine it can also give your skin an enviable healthy glow.
“Regular use of watermelon in skin care hydrates, tightens and makes the skin luminous,” says Mareena Ostrovsky, head esthetician at Ici Paris Skin Clinic and Spa in Toronto.
Eating watermelon helps to fight free radical damage and aging through the abundant quantities of vitamins A, B and C and antioxidants. Research from Newcastle University in England reported that eating lycopene, the antioxidant found in watermelon, helps protect the skin from the sun's ultraviolet rays, which lead to sunburns and sun-induced skin aging.
The fresh juice of a watermelon alone can be applied as a natural polishing mask. Create a spa atmosphere by undertaking this easy two-step process while reclining in a warm bath; simply massage a cube of watermelon over your face, then rinse after five minutes. Complete this treatment with your favourite moisturizing cream and your skin will not only glow, but feel warm and healthy all day.
To get the most out of watermelon, remember to sink your teeth into its delicious pink flesh as often as possible. A one-cup (250 mL) serving of chopped watermelon is only 51 calories and being mostly water, is a great hydrator.
Watermelon is packed with nutrients including the antioxidant lycopene, vitamin C, thiamin and vitamin B6, vitamin A, panothenic acid, magnesium and potassium. Eating watermelon and drinking watermelon juice will not only make you feel good and refreshed, it acts as a natural detoxification treatment that flushes toxins from the body.