A plateful of chilled watermelon wedges is summer's best blessing. The sweet, juicy fruit is packed with vitamins and nutrients that flush out toxins and keep the body hydrated during the warm weather. However, it is also an amazing superfood enriched with antioxidants and free radical-fighting lycopene that encourage the growth of collagen, helping the skin to stay youthful and supple. This means, the versatile fruit can not only be consumed for its health benefits but also be applied to the skin topically for its rich water content that can keep the skin hydrated and moisturised.
Loaded with Vitamin A, B6, and C, watermelon is a miracle fruit and one of the choicest picks for skincare. However, before we get into homemade face masks, let's check out its benefits and the reason it earns a place in your skincare routine.
Benefits Of Watermelon
1. In the case of minor sunburns and rashes, watermelon can be a perfect solution. Being rich in antioxidants and minerals, it reduces the redness of the skin, soothes inflammation and clears rashes.
2. Watermelon works great as an anti-ageing ingredient and helps in firming up the skin. It improves the skin's elasticity and makes the skin firmer.
3. It may surprise some of you that watermelon is a natural exfoliator. Enriched with bountiful of vitamin C, it deeply cleanses the face, giving it a fresher look. The tiny granules present in watermelon penetrate deeper into the skin and act as a mild scrub.
4. Watermelon can help in retaining the lost moisture of dull and dry skin. The antioxidants and high water content of watermelon promote moisture, making the skin glow and look healthy, soft and plump skin.
DIY Watermelon Masks This Summer
Here are DIY watermelon masks that you can try this summer and pamper your skin:
1. Watermelon And Yoghurt
This DIY mask is recommended primarily for normal, combination and sensitive skin types. Mix 2 tablespoons of watermelon juice with 2 tablespoons of yoghurt to form a thick paste. Apply this paste on the face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off with cold water. Pat dry. The mask will help improve the texture of your skin and help you achieve an even skin tone.
2. Watermelon And Honey
Suitable for those complaining of dry skin, for this DIY face mask, you will need two tablespoons of cold watermelon juice and two tablespoons of honey. Combine these two ingredients together and make a smooth paste. Apply this paste on your face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Wash it off thoroughly with water and pat dry. Applying the mask thrice a week can help in healing dry skin and give it an instant moisture boost, and also remove tanning.
3. Watermelon And Lemon
A perfect remedy for oily skin, make this mask with 2 tablespoons of watermelon juice and freshly squeezed juice of 1 lemon. Mix it well. Apply the pack on the face and neck areas. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then wash it off with water. Using this pack every night will help in removing the dirt and oil from your skin.
4. Watermelon And Cucumber
Both watermelon and cucumber are extremely hydrating in nature. While cucumber acts as a cooling agent and helps in removing tan, watermelon helps in moisturising the skin and pacifies irritation and itchiness. To prepare a DIY face mask, mix a tablespoon of cucumber pulp with some watermelon juice. Apply the concoction evenly on the face and wash it off after 15-20 minutes. For best results, use the mask once daily.
5. Watermelon And Milk
Since milk is a natural cleanser, helping remove dead skin cells along with its moisturising and anti-aging effects. Mixing it with watermelon can make the two extremely effective and promising for the skin. Together they can be a hydrating fix in this scorching heat. To prepare this face mask, mash a few pieces of watermelon and add 2 tablespoons of milk to it. Add vitamin E oil to the mixture by squeezing a tablet. Mix well and apply it evenly on the face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Wash it off and pat your face dry.
About the author: A cosmetic engineer, an entrepreneur and a business leader, Dolly Kumar is the Founder of Gaia, a health and wellness brand, and Skinella, a skincare brand.
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