7 Surprising Ways to Use Watermelon Skin in Cooking & Your Skincare Routine

by Yuen Yi Ying
FOOD  |  July 04, 2018
  • Throw it into smoothies
    1 / 7 Throw it into smoothies

    Believe it or not, watermelon skin tastes just like the flesh without being as sugary. It freezes much better without turning into slush, and it has plenty of good vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, C, potassium and zinc.  

    (Also read: How to Pick the Best Fruits and Veggies)

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  • Boil it in soups, stews and curries
    2 / 7 Boil it in soups, stews and curries

    There are many ways you can use watermelon skin in cooking, including soups, stews and curries. The rind has a mild flavour, similar to winter melon, and it has a rather hardy texture, which means it won’t disintegrate into your dish like a squash would if long cooking times are required. Tip: You may want to remove the tough green skin with a peeler or knife as it doesn’t get as soft as the rest of the rind.

    (Also read: 5 Fruits You Should Seriously Try Cooking)

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  • Make pickles
    3 / 7 Make pickles

    They’re easy to make with pantry staples, simply follow a recipe online. If you like sweet pickles, they’re great as a snack, for cutting through heavier or meaty dishes, pairing with cheeses or chopping up into a relish.

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  • Shred it into salads and salsa
    4 / 7 Shred it into salads and salsa

    Watermelon skin is refreshing and crunchy, it plays well with a multitude of ingredients and can be shredded and added to salads and salsa to add mild sweetness, like an apple.

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  • Juice it and use it to tone skin and set your makeup
    5 / 7 Juice it and use it to tone skin and set your makeup

    Besides using watermelon skin for cooking, you can use it for many skincare purposes. Run the rind through a juicer, collect the juice and store it in a mist bottle in the fridge. You can mist the liquid on your face when your skin feels greasy or irritated, or use it to set your makeup. Alternatively, you can soak a cotton pad in the juice and use it like a toner.

    (Also read: Why You Need Toner in Your Beauty Routine)

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  • Use it as a cooling mask
    6 / 7 Use it as a cooling mask

    Watermelon skin has soothing and cooling properties like cucumber, and it has a pleasantly light scent too. Using a food processor or standing smoothie blender, chop up the watermelon skin into pulp, cool it in the fridge, and apply the mixture to skin to restore moisture and give your complexion a nice, rosy glow.

    (Also read: 12 Things From Your Kitchen That Can Be Used As Face Masks)

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  • Blend it into a gentle scrub
    7 / 7 Blend it into a gentle scrub

    Grease-free and gentler than salt and sugar scrubs, watermelon pulp is also more eco-friendly than scrubbing beads and makes a great exfoliant for sensitive skin. You can even use it daily.

    (Also read: How to Use Face Scrubs Properly So You Don’t Hurt Your Skin)

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