Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract



Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract at a glance

  • Extract derived from watermelon that is rich in antioxidants, particularly lycopene
  • Can help defend skin from environmental stressors and the visible effects of sun damage
  • May also help visibly calm redness in skin
  • Sensitive to air and light, hence opaque, air-restrictive packaging is crucial

Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract description

Citrullus lanatus (watermelon) fruit extract is a rich source of antioxidants, including the carotenoid pigment lycopene, beta-carotene and lutein. As such, it can help defend skin from environmental stressors and the visible effects of sun damage. Watermelon also contains beneficial vitamins A, B, C, and E, as well as amino acids (including arginine), making this a well-rounded skin care ingredient to consider. Interestingly, there is additional research indicating Citrullus lanatus (watermelon) fruit extract may help visibly calm redness in skin thanks to its high lycopene content; lycopene has soothing properties for all skin types. Citrullus lanatus (watermelon) fruit extract can be considered an “upcycled” skin care ingredient when the byproducts of watermelon food waste (including watermelon rinds) are repurposed and extracted for cosmetic use. As with other antioxidants, Citrullus lanatus (watermelon) fruit extract is sensitive to air and light. Hence, it is important that skin care products containing this ingredient be packaged in opaque, air-restrictive components (such as a pump bottle that isn’t see-through).

Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract references

  • Food & Science Nutrition, January 2021, pages 1,750-1,760
  • International Journal of Nanomedicine, December 2015, pages 7,253-7,264
  • Pharmaceutical Biology, February 2013, pages 226-232
  • Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, May 2011, pages 307-314
  • Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, August 2009, pages 1,036-1,038

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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