‘The legendary beauty Sophia Loren said her daily beauty secrets were tomato puree and olive oil .’
Tomatoes are in every kitchen but when was the last time you picked them up for your skin care session? The cosmetic benefits of tomatoes are vast – from reducing large pores to helping with sunburn, acne and rashes, tomatoes really are one of nature’s best kept secrets.
Not only do they taste delicious great but they also keep the skin healthy inside out. Tomatoes contain an antioxidant called Lycopene, which can work as a sunscreen from within if you consume lots of them. Skin with high lycopene content is not affected by the harmful rays of the sun. These antioxidants make tomatoes an anti-aging product as they help in fighting cellular damage and reddening of skin. Great news so far right? Well there is more…
Get that Summer Glow
Mix a small amount of honey (1 teaspoon) with tomato juice (half a cup) until you get a thick paste. Apply this mixture evenly on your face and leave for 15 mins. Gently wash off with luke warm water and moisturise. Do this weekly.
Help that Oily Skin
If you have oily skin and shiny face, then let the tomato come to your rescue. Blend 1 tomato and ¼ of a cucumber. Rub the mixture on your face like a mask. Leave for 20 mins and then wash off. Do this every other day for a month and see the difference.
Reduce Large Pores
Dirt loves to get into big pores – leading to black heads, spots etc etc. Reduce your pores by taking a tablespoon of fresh tomato juice, add two to four drops of fresh lime or lemon juice and then mix. Use a cotton ball to apply this mixture on your face. Massage it in circular motions. Leave it on for about 15 minutes and then wash off with cool water. Regular application will really show you a difference in pore size.
I have a friend who used Tomatoes for her acne and received wonderful results just after a month and a half. The acidity in tomatoes helps in reducing and clearing up your acne. Vitamin A and vitamin C are commonly found in a lot of acne medicines and tomatoes are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin K. If you have mild acne, simply cut a tomato in half and rub it on your face and leave for 15 mins then wash off. For severe acne, crush a fresh tomato and use the pulp as a pack on the face. Leave it on for an hour. Rinse it off and moisturise. Do this on a regular basis and see what happens…
Sun Over Exposure/Burn
With a hot summer comes irritated sometimes burnt skin. A wonderful therapy for your skin in these months is a Tomato and Avocado mask. Crush half a tomato and mix it with two tablespoons of plain yogurt (natural probiotic unsweetened/flavoured). Apply this mixture on your and anywhere that has been exposed to the sun. Wash it off after 20 minutes. Tomato cools the skin and neutralises the surface while yogurt gives it a much needed protein boost while leaving it soft and supple. This is a wonderful mask and can be made, refrigerated and for up to a week.
Blend 1 tomato with 2 tablespoons on yoghurt and 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Apply mask on face and any dry part of the body. Leave for 20 minutes then shower/wash off. Do this regulary and watch your dry patchy skin soften and become supple.
If you cant be bothered to do any of the above, then do what I do on my lazy days – simply cut a tomato in half rub it (flesh side) on your face (avoid eye area) and leave for 15 mins. Then wipe off with a wet face cloth and moisturise. Do this four five times a week. Its wonderful in the evening before bed.
© 2014 Shroomantics ~ Rahima Begum
DISCLAIMER: Please note, I am not an expert in this field – these suggestions are a combination of personal experience and independent research. Please patch test all suggested treatments.