The humble tomatoes are used in our everyday diet- be it curries, soup or salads, tomatoes make every dish delicious and healthy. When it comes to skincare, there too tomatoes prove an effective remedy to rejuvenate skin. It is one of my favourite ingredients to use in many DIY skincare recipes.
Why Tomatoes works?
Tomatoes have antioxidant lycopene, which helps fight free radicals. (Free radicals are the particles, produced naturally in our body as a byproduct of cellular metabolism; but due to their unstable nature, these damage healthy cells in our body)
Tomatoes are a rich source of Vitamin C. When applied topically, Vitamin C stimulates collagen production, which can make the skin look younger and firmer.
Tomatoes have many Vitamin B: B-1, B-3, B-5, B-6, B-9. These vitamins may reduce hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles.
The astringent properties of tomatoes make them beneficial for oily and acne-prone skin.
How tomatoes help and usage:
Shrink open pores: Cut a tomato in half and squeeze a few drops of lemon juice on one half. Rub the lemon-infused part of the tomato directly over the skin in a circular motion and let the juice sit on your face for 10-15 minutes before you wash it off. If you think it will be messy, then take fresh tomato juice and mix little lemon juice in it. Dip a cotton ball in the mix and apply it to the face.
Heal acne: If you have mild acne, vitamin A and C in tomatoes helps reduce the issue. To tackle acne, apply the inside of half-cut tomato on your face. Let the juice sit for 10-15 minutes before you wash it off. For stubborn acne, I combine little tomato juice with tea tree oil and jojoba oil and dab it on the acne. Tea tree oil has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties which fight acne effectively.
Tip: Never use tea tree essential oil directly on the skin; always combine it with a carrier oil. Here I used Jojoba oil.
Reduce sunburns: the vitamin A and C in tomato also helps cools the skin due to sunburn. Mix 1 tablespoon of fresh tomato (mash/grate the tomato to obtain juice) with 1 tablespoon of curd. Apply the mixture on the face and neck for 10-15 minutes and wash it off.
As a Face mask: For oily skin make a DIY face mask with 1 tablespoon each of fresh tomato juice, cucumber juice and powdered oats. Mix to make a smooth paste and apply it to your face. Leave for 10-15 minutes before you wash it off.
To bring the glow back to your skin, mix fresh juice of one tomato and one teaspoon of honey. Massage on the skin for 5 minutes and leave it on the face for 10 minutes. Rinse it off with water. This pack works for my dry skin as honey is a good moisturizer and tomato brightens the complexion. Instead of honey, you can also try virgin olive oil. (method remains same)
Precaution: Tomatoes are acidic. You might get skin reaction like redness, itching or other irritation when applied topically. It is advisable to do a patch test on your skin before you use tomatoes in the skincare routine.
Avoid going in the sun after using tomato on the skin as it may cause burn.
Final words: I am sure I have given enough reasons to add tomato to your skincare routine. Try them and let me know how they work for you.
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