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If summer still feels like it might never arrive, this is the story for you. If barbecues, lemonade, swimsuits, and shades seem like they’ll never be part of your life again (thanks to the constant frigid weather outside), there’s a product hack to make summer feel closer than ever.

What is that hack, you ask? Watermelon. Yep, your favorite summer snack is popping up everywhere, in skincare to snacks to lip balms. If summer just won’t come, bring summer to you.

We’re calling it: 2018 is the year of the watermelon. Don’t believe us? Look at all these fresh ideas below. 

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Courtesy of Watermelon Road

Nosh On It

Watermelon Lemonade Jerky, Watermelon Road, $24 for a 4-pack

This is watermelon, but to go, via jerky form. So, it’s basically summer in a bag. And if dried watermelon sounds odd to you, you’re missing out on kind of the greatest thing around. The texture is almost like dried mango, but the flavor is more tropical and intense. And this yummy snack contains just dried watermelon and lemon juice—nothing more and nothing less.

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Courtesy of Vital Proteins

Collagen Sports Green, Vital Proteins, $59

Watermelon as a protein powder? Yep! Watermelon seeds (oddly) are a great source of protein, B vitamins, magnesium, and omega-3s. This also tastes better (and is less gritty) than other proteins in powder form.

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Courtesy of Dope Naturally

Melonaid Protein Powder, Dope Naturally, $45

This is watermelon seeds mixed with superfood beets and dragon fruit—so it’s both delicious and great for your skin and muscles.

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Courtesy of Milk Makeup

Apply It On

Watermelon Brightening Serum, Milk Makeup, $36

Why just eat watermelon when you can apply watermelon? This brand new serum in a stick is packed full of watermelon extract (for hydration) and Swiss garden cress sprout extract (which is a thing, apparently, and reduces the appearance of dark spots). Just swipe it right on clean skin before your moisturizer and SPF.

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Courtesy of Grown Alchemist

Watermelon and Vanilla Lip Balm, Grown Alchemist, $23

The very first ingredient in this glossy, natural lip balm is watermelon extract, which makes it brilliant at hydrating lips. It’s also rich in vitamins and carotenoids. Jojoba oil and shea butter are added for superior moisturizing qualities and a gorgeous sheen. And it actually tastes like watermelon, too, which is a super fun bonus. 12/10 would swipe on constantly.

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Courtesy of Glow Recipe

Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask, Glow Recipe, $22 – $45

This hard-to-keep-in-stock product is all the rage, mainly because of its superior hydration, thanks to watermelon and hyaluronic acid. You apply it before bedtime in place of your nightly moisturizer and wake up with bouncy, moisturized, soft skin in the am.

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Courtesy of CAP Beauty

Sacred Union Scent and Dry Oil, Mauli Rituals, $90

This dry oil is perfect for body or hair to nourish, hydrate, and protect. And thanks to the superior mix of moringa, coconut, argan, and our old friend watermelon seed oil, this product is delicate enough for sensitive skin. Bonus: It also smells like tropical heaven. 

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Courtesy of ASOS

Watermelon Slice Mask, Kocostar, $6.50

This mask could only come from the genius of Korean skincare. These tiny, cucumber slice-sized mini masks have watermelon extract infused into them for a quick moisture boost. You can apply either on your face or body—wherever you need it!

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