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Watermelon Beauty Products Are the Latest Summer Craze

Watermelon Seed Oil Skin Care

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Move over, coconut oil! Skin and hair products containing watermelon seed oil—specifically Kalahari melon oil—are the newest beauty craze. And for good reason. We already know the health benefits of eating watermelon seeds, but according to Tess Mauricio, M.D., a Beverly Hills–based dermatologist and founder of M Beauty Clinic, watermelon seed oil contains linolenic acid, "an omega-6 essential fatty acid that plays a vital role in maintaining healthy skin function and appearance. It also contains natural antioxidants and vitamins A, B, C, and E, which further hydrate and tighten the skin." Kalahari melon in particular, she adds, known as "wild watermelon," is not the typical refreshing watermelon that you eat at BBQs. "Kalahari melon comes from South Africa, has yellow or pale green peel, and a bitter taste," explains Dr. Mauricio. "It acts as both a cleanser that unclogs pores and a natural moisturizer with anti-aging properties." So, internally and externally, watermelon seed oil does the body (and hair!) good. Here, 14 products to start incorporating into your beauty routine. 

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Petal Fresh Botanicals Daily Facial Wash

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This citric-sweet, budget-friendly facial cleanser contains natural watermelon and pineapple. It not only deep cleans your pores after a sweaty workout, but with long-term use, it fades minor sun damage and hyperpigmentation. ($5;

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Eraclea Eye Surround Cream

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This hydrating eye cream from specialty line Eraclea soothes and smooths your peepers. It's infused with watermelon seed oil, which compared to other fruits and veggies, contains the highest amount of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps reduce skin puffiness and dark circles while firming up the delicate skin around your eyes. ($54;

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Ouidad Curl Recovery Melt Down Extreme Repair Mask

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Ouidad, the curly hair pioneer, has a hydrating mask in its collection that can be used as a twice-weekly treatment or as a regular conditioner for those with dry hair. Ingredients include nutrient-dense mafura butter and kalahari melon seed oil, which hug the hair shaft with a cushy coating of fatty acids that protect and nourish your gorgeous curls. Adds Dr. Mauricio: "The oils, vitamins, and minerals in watermelon seed oil cause hair to be stronger, healthier, and moisturized." We approve. ($44;

(Related: Hair Masks That Combat Dryness and Frizz​)

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HydroPeptide Aqua Boost

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If you're acne-prone, or notice your skin is seriously dehydrated, opt for this water-based facial lotion, which contains watermelon, lentil, and apple extracts. Great for reducing the redness in your skin, this oil-free product brightens and moisturizes, improving skin tone and texture while adding suppleness. This daily moisturizer also removes dead skin cells while stimulating collagen production. Says Dr. Mauricio: "With its high levels of linoleic acid, watermelon seed oil can hydrate the skin; making it plumper." What can't this superfruit do? ($68;

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SheaTerra 100% Pure Kalahari Melon Oil

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The name of this oil tells you exactly what this is: 100 percent pure, natural, virgin oil straight from the South African Kalahari Desert. This powerful beauty item is non-greasy, non-clogging, and penetrates your skin's surface by removing toxins and debris while simultaneously moisturizing. You can wear it solo or under makeup to keep skin glowy, healthy, and smooth. ($18;

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Bliss What a Melon

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This reviving and de-stressing overnight mask from spa maven, Bliss, is so gentle that it can be used two to three nights per week. The key ingredient is an antioxidant-rich watermelon fruit extract, which replenishes the skin's lost vitamins and minerals while simultaneously fighting off dehydration. This skin refresher also acts as a natural toner, dries fast, and gives some va-voom to your dull skin. (In fact, this product is so beloved that it's being used in the popular watermelon honeydew facial offered during Miami Spa Month this summer.) ($16;

(Related: Overnight Beauty Tips for Better Skin and Hair In the Morning

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FarmHouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Liquor Infused Body Polish

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One of Oprah Winfrey's favorite independent beauty lines, this Texas-based brand is known for their delicious, authentically crafted farm-to-table products. Made from a vegan cocktail of rice bran oil, sugar crystals, basil oil, watermelon seed oil (of course!), and organic vodka, this moisture-retaining, watermelon-scented morning or pre-beach exfoliator leaves skin soft and super supple. Oh, and it looks good enough to eat—but don't. ($34;

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Lily De Mai SANCTUARY Vita 3 Anti-Ox Defense Serum

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Lily De Mai's superfruit serum reverses sun damage, minimizes the effects and appearance of aging, improves elasticity, and promotes a radiant, less red-hued appearance. This serum features an exceptionally high blend—between 55 and 65 percent!—of watermelon seed oil and botanical extracts and is cruelty- and gluten-free as well as vegan. (Hence, the higher price point.) Great for those with über-sensitive skin, this beauty item also contains botanical vitamins and nutrients from organic red raspberry, cranberry, pomegranate, rose hip, and sea buckthorn oils, which work together to firm up and soften skin. ($125;

(Related: 20 Vegan Products to Soothe Sensitive Skin

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Belle Bar Custom Hypersensitive Skin Watermelon Face Mask

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This gentle, plant-based mask is a must for those with super-sensitive skin. It's vegan and uses high-quality ingredients to cleanse, moisturize, and brighten dull, dry skin. The base contains high levels of watermelon rind oil (an impressive 25 percent), which acts as an astringent. Other yummy ingredients include extracts of aloe vera, witch hazel, grapefruit, and evening primrose oil. For a few extra bucks, you can personalize your mask with "add-ons" such as cucumber and green tea, which are all spa-mazing for your skin. ($49;

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Skinfix Watermelon Mint Lip Repair Balm

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Kiss flaky, dry lips goodbye with this natural and lightweight balm. A smooth blend of watermelon, coconut, jojoba, and mint oils hydrates your puckers, leaving them soft and supple, and there are no greasy synthetic flavors or colors in this lip balm. Hey, good things come in small packages, right? ($5;

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Pacifica Crystal Melon Makeup Removing Wipes

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You already know sleeping with your makeup on is a no-no. If you leave these towelettes by the side of your bed, you'll really have zero excuses for being too tired to cleanse your face before hitting the sack. These non-greasy, slightly scented wipes work for all skin types and are 100 percent vegan and cruelty-free. With extracts of watermelon, lemongrass, and rose quartz, these wipes gently remove makeup and daily grime, leaving your face and neck feeling clean and smooth. (They're also great for a post-gym-class sweat wipe-down!) ($6;

(Related: Pacifica's Vegan Line for Target Totally Nails All-Natural Skin Care

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Corson Beauty Day Moisturizer

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This gentle moisturizer doesn't feel heavy or greasy; it's light enough to wear solo or under makeup. The key ingredient is watermelon seed oil, but there's also a nice mix of aloe vera, hazelnut oil, jojoba seed oil, and rose hydrosol included in this deeply moisturizing beauty must-have. It absorbs deep into the skin without clogging your pores, combats aging, and balances your skin's natural oil production. ($56;

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Sorella Watermelon Mint Hydrating Mist

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This minty facial spray can be used as a toner, a setting spray, or pick-me-up when your skin needs a dewy boost. The natural astringent prevents your pores from producing excess oil while simultaneously moisturizing, thanks to antioxidant-rich and hydrating watermelon extract. Other ingredients include rosemary leaf extract, peppermint, aloe vera, and rosemary. ($32;

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CyMe Anti-Aging Bio-Cellulose Sheet Mask

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Available exclusively at Massage Envy locations, this cooling sheet face mask from CyMe (pronounced see·me) is infused with active ingredients that smooth, detoxify, refine, nourish, and protect skin for a truly radiant complexion. Two main ingredients in this mask are grapefruit seed extract, which promotes cellular health, and our beloved watermelon extract. Grab one after your next massage or facial appointment for the ultimate skin detox. ($8; Massage Envy locations nationwide)

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