Forget about getting ridiculously painful (and expensive) Botox injections just to get younger-looking skin. Tomatoes can give you the same effect for less and with your facial expressions intact.
Apart from being a superfood, tomatoes also have properties that can give expensive skin care creams in the market today a run for their money. Here are a five suggestions on how you can include tomatoes into your skin care regimen:
If you have oily skin…
Tomatoes have natural oil reducing properties that mimic the effects of astringent, making it an ideal natural alternative for treating oily or combination skin.
To make a tomato-based astringent:
- Cut a large tomato in half. Blend and strain to get the juice. Make sure to remove the pulp. But don’t throw it away, you can also use it for a tomato face mask.
- Repeat the same process above, but this time with a small piece of cucumber.
- Mix the tomato and cucumber juice together.
- Apply this mixture as you would normally apply your astringent. This will help you control your skin’s excess oils.
If you want glowing skin…
Tomatoes are filled with antioxidants that help flush out toxins from your body. It’s also known for boosting your production of collagen, which lends itself to plump and glowing skin.
To make a tomato face mask:
- Make a tomato puree by blending a large tomato. You can also choose to add a tablespoon or two of honey in your mixture.
- Put it evenly on your face and leave it for 15-20 minutes.
- Wash off with water or a mild cleanser.
Or you can also simply slice a tomato into quarters and gently massage each wedge onto your face. Do this for about 10-15 minutes, before washing it off with water or a mild cleanser.
For a weekly skin regimen, you can remove dead skin with a tomato scrub.
To make a tomato scrub:
- Instead of cutting the tomato into quarters, slice it into circles.
- Sprinkle a bit of sugar on each slice.
- Rub on your face for 10-15 minutes. Make sure to rub gently, especially in the area around the eyes.
If you want to get rid of acne…
Tomatoes are rich in Vitamin A, C, and K, all of which are commonly found in many of the acne treatment medicine in the market today. Along with that, the natural acidity of tomatoes help in reducing flare-ups and clearing your skin.
To make a tomato face mask for mild acne treatment:
- Make a puree of tomato and cucumber. The cucumber will soothe your skin.
- Take the pulp and spread it evenly on your face. Putting a bit more on areas where you have acne.
- Leave it for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Wash off with water or mild facial cleanser.
- Do this regularly to clear your acne.
If you want to minimize your pores…
Humidity, pollution and stress can lead to dull and dry skin. Tomato juice can easily hydrate your skin and minimize your pores.
To make a tomato skin toner:
- Mix equal parts tomato juice and distilled water.
- Using a cotton ball, apply the mixture evenly on your face.
- You can let the mixture soak or massage it onto your face for 15 minutes.
- Wash it off with water or mild facial cleanser.
If you want to soothe sunburn…
Tomatoes are gaining in popularity as an all natural sunscreen, but in the event that you do forget to slather on some SPF and get sunburned, tomatoes are also a great way to manage it.
To make a tomato sunburn cure:
- Slather on tomato juice to the affected area. Despite being acidic, tomato juice will not sting.
- Boost the soothing properties by adding buttermilk to the mixture. Apply on sunburnt areas of your skin.
But, as always, prevention is better than cure. Tomatoes have also been found to be a great defense against the sun’s harmful UV rays. A recent study has found the eating a 55 mg of tomato paste, provided an increased 30% UV protection as compared to those who don’t eat the same amount of tomato paste daily.
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