Watermelon (xi gua), rind (xi gua pi) August 27 2014

Watermelon is another Chinese herb that is also a food.

Chinese Herbal Properties: cooling, yin-tonifying, transforming

SCIENCE

With its high content of antioxidants, flavanoids, carotenoids and vitamin C, this superfruit is understood by modern science to have superior protective effects on DNA against skin damage from UV light and pollution.

HISTORY
It is cooling, hydrating,and tonifying particularly to the Yin, which makes it superior for maintaining moisture balance in the skin leading to improved elasticity and tone.