While it’s perpetually summer here in Singapore, the northern parts of the world are gearing up for welcome the warm, sunny days ahead. And what better way to celebrate hot summer season than with something cooling like watermelon?
Not only is the delicious fruit made up of mostly water – it has a whopping 92% water content, it also contains a chock full of vitamins and antioxidants such as lycopene and vitamins A, C and E. And it’s not just the flesh that’s been found to be beneficial to the skin: the seeds can reduce irritation, boost collagen and retain moisture, and the Koreans have been using the rind to soothe aggravated skin for centuries.
So, it’s no surprise that watermelon is having a moment right now. We’re currently swooning over the latest watermelon skincare by American grocery store chain Trader Joe’s, which is launched just in time for summer. The limited-edition launch features a refreshing Watermelon Facial Mist and a skin-softening Watermelon Overnight Face Mask, both of which sound super revitalising for the skin.
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Unfortunately for us folks here, we can’t shop these Trader Joe’s treats in Singapore as they are only available in their brick-and-mortar stores in the US. But fret not, here are 12 alternatives that you get your hands on.
1. Inc.Redible Juicy Printed Bum & Boob Masks
Yes, you read that right – it’s a bum and boob mask and believe us, it’s a thing. This printed sheet mask duo consists of a pair of fruity boob masks enriched with vitamin C, antioxidants and watermelon extract to brighten and nourish, and a pair of bum sheet masks that uses vitamin C and pure peach extract to target dryness and plump the skin.
Retails for approx. S$26 (£15) at PrettyLittleThing.
2. The Sacred Ritual Watermelon Sugar Hydrating Body Scrub
This 100% natural whipped body scrub cleanses and hydrates the skin with an antioxidant-rich blend of cold-pressed watermelon seed oil, extra virgin coconut oil, and kokum butter. It also contains sugar and pink Himalayan salt to gently exfoliate the skin to silky smoothness.
Retails for approx. S$53.70 (US$35) at Beautylish.
3. Ciaté London Watermelon Burst Collection
The Ciaté London Watermelon Burst Collection comprises a Hydrating Primer, a Lip Oil, and a pair of Eye Patches, all of which are jam-packed with watermelon extract to perk up your skin and boost hydration. Plus, the gorgeous packaging makes it a nice little gift for yourself or a girlfriend!
Retails for S$24.50 at lookfantastic.
4. Mitsuko Deep Moisturizing Face Mask
Like a big gulp of water for your skin, this ultra-hydrating formula is loaded with watermelon extract and avocado oil to help moisturise, boost collagen metabolism and encourage cell regeneration. Not only that, it also contains moisturising raw leatherwood honey, detoxifying French green clay, and antioxidant-rich apple extract to further recharge and renew the skin.
Retails for S$59.90 at mymitsuko.com.
5. Acure Daily Workout Watermelon & Blood Orange Conditioner
Formulated with watermelon seed extract and blood orange, this gentle, 100% vegan formula is great for those who have to wash and condition their hair daily due to harsh environmental conditions, heavy sweat, or just plain oily locks.
Retails for S$12.60 at iHerb.
6. Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Lip Pop
Give your lips some extra TLC with this new do-it-all. The no-rinse, scrub-to-balm formula takes care of dryness and dead skin with coconut flower sugar, edible flower-derived AHAs as well as watermelon seed oil and extract, all while leaving you a pop of sweet pink hue on the lips.
Retails for approx. S$33.90 (£19.50) at Glow Recipe.
7. Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
This ultra-hydrating gel serum is loaded with pro-vitamin B5 and a bunch of botanical ingredients including watermelon rind to help ensure that your skin stays hydrated around the clock. The lightweight gel also helps protect against free radicals, thanks to the addition of sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer in the formula.
Retails for S$68 at sephora.sg.
8. Shay & Blue Watermelons Natural Spray Fragrance EDP
Smell like refreshing summer all day long with this potion of watermelon, honeysuckle, crushed leaves and vetiver.
Retails for S$56 at ASOS.
9. Sunday Rain Refreshing Body Wash – Watermelon & Mint
Start your day off right with this revitalising shower gel that also contains biodegradable beads to give your skin mild exfoliation.
Retails for S$13 at ASOS.
10. Revolution Skincare Hydrating Boost Watermelon Moisture Gel
Dehydrated skin can look dull but you can prevent that by quenching your skin’s thirst with this pink gel moisturiser. It helps invigorate tired skin with watermelon to attract moisture into the skin and squalane to smoothen and soften.
Retails for S$19 at ASOS.
11. Indeed Laboratories Watermelon Melting Balm
This oil-based cleansing balm instantly melts into the skin to dissolve makeup, dirt, and grime. It then leaves skin happy and healthy with a thirst-quenching blend of watermelon and hemp seed oils, as well as vitamins A and E. Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive and acne-prone skin.
Retails for S$47 at ASOS.
12. Grown Alchemist Lip Balm
It may be a little extra to fork out more than five bucks for a lip balm but if you want to pamper yourself (and your pout!), give this luxurious formula a go. It features a fusion of purified watermelon extracts, vitamins, carotenoids, sweet almond and rose hip oils, as well as shea butter and jojoba oils to restore chapped lips.
Retails for approx. S$21 (US$14.74) at Net-A-Porter.