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A new ingredient that has been getting a lot of attention in the skincare world: watermelon. Most of us don’t think of this as something that would go on the face, but rather, we have memories of watermelon being a staple at every summer get together and BBQ. Internally, our bodies know that watermelon has a high water content and is also packed with some vital nutrients and minerals, such as potassium, Vitamin A & C, and magnesium that provide countless benefits when ingested. But what if you could also reap those benefits externally? Below are a few benefits of using watermelon on the skin and a breakdown of why our D DROP humectant factor, that contains watermelon bio ferment, may be that missing step you are looking for in your skincare routine.
- SEBUM PRODUCTION | Vitamin A found in watermelon can have a direct effect on one’s sebaceous glands: the glands in charge of our oil production– whether you overproduce or underproduce. Increased oil production can be a cause of acne. Using a product that contains watermelon can rebalance sebaceous glands and help alleviate inflammation.
- COLLAGEN BOOST | The seeds of the watermelon are packed with proteins and fatty acids such as linoleic and oleic acid which help the skin retain moisture. Linoleic acid is a necessary component of ceramides, which are the lipids found in skin cells. Ceramides make up around 40% of our epidermis and are the main source of moisture and protection of the outermost layer of the skin. To allow our skin to function properly, we need to keep our linoleic acid in balance, which protects the ceramides in our skin that shields our skin from pollutants and retains moisture.
- INFLAMMATION REDUCTION | Inflammation can present itself in many different ways, from redness and acne, to cracking and dryness. Watermelon is high in Vitamin C and citrulline, which is an amino acid that acts as a moisturizing agent in skin care; these combined together help with inflammation from free radicals that you come in contact with that cause oxidative damage to the skin.
Our D DROP humectant factor is a hydration boost that can be layered under any KHUS + KHUS face serum or potion. Watermelon has a high emollient capacity and provides deep nutrition to the skin. This gel-like product, combined with french peppermint water, gives the skin a cooling and calming sensation when applied, which is perfect for the hotter days ahead.
Now that KHUS + KHUS has your back externally, below is a quick and easy watermelon refreshment that gives you all the benefits internally.
Tasty Watermelon Refreshment
-4 cups of cubed watermelon
-2 cups of filtered water
-pinch of coarse mineral salt
-a bunch of basil or peppermint to taste.
blend in a blender and drink