It marks the arrival of summer, the quintessential fruit of the beach or bach holiday - and it has a bunch of beauty benefits to boot, and the most instant is as a skin hydrator.
Made up of 90 percent water, watermelon also contains skin-loving electrolytes, and studies show that it's more effective than water for quenching your skin's thirst. “This means that not only is it almost free from calories, but it's also made up of mostly water, which is great for the skin as well,” says New York based dermatologist Susan Bard.
And not only will watermelon hydrate skin almost instantly, it helps the body as well.
An antioxidant boost
Melon has a high content of skin-saving vitamin A, C, B6, potassium and the antioxidant lycopene, that is found in tomatoes, this red-coloured flavonoid protects skin from UV-induced free radicals.
High in magnesium, this mineral helps regulate cellular and metabolic reactions, watermelon can also help your body beat stress.
Post workout reviver
After a workout, studies show that watermelon juice can help relieve post-exercise muscle soreness. Rich in the amino acid L-citrulline and arginine, it helps widen the blood vessels in the body, which is vital for muscle repair and wound healing.
Chilled and sliced, it's the ideal summer snack. Or try this watermelon smoothie for breakfast.
1/2 heaping cup pineapple, fresh or frozen
2 1/2 cups seedless watermelon
2 tbsp lime juice
1/2 cup coconut water
For a creamy option:
Add 2 tbsp Greek yoghurt.