Some of the best skin care products can be found in your home. In the kitchen to be exact. Yes friends, there are a lot of yummy goodies that contain a lot benefits for your skin. Not only do these ingredients give you nourishment from the inside, it also makes you look more healthy and glowing on the outside. Today, our main focus is on the lovely tomato.
THE BENEFITS OF TOMATOES ON THE SKIN
I’ve always loved tomatoes, even as a child. I sometimes eat them alone, or I add little pinch of salt to make it more palatable. I never knew that this humble fruit/vegetable (any debate on its origin is highly welcome, lol) can pack up a punch.
Loaded With Vitamins
Our bodies need vitamins and minerals in order to function properly. Our immune system wouldn’t be as strong without our much needed nutrients.
Its Acidic Properties Help In Reducing Acne
Acne usually appears when our face accumulates dirt. Without proper maintenance, germs can get into the pores which will then cause breakouts. Tomatoes are acidic. It helps in killing the germs that causes acne. Try cutting one in half and apply it all over your face. Let it sink into the skin for at least 10 minutes or so and then rinse it off.
Antioxidants help in fighting off free radicals. Free radicals can hasten the aging process. Having an antioxidant rich diet can reduce premature aging. In addition, tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that is said to reduce the risk of certain cancers.
HOMEMADE TOMATO MASKS
Peel and seed one tomato and puree it in a blender or a food processor. Add a teaspoon of instant mashed potato flakes. Mix well and apply to the skin. Let it stay for at least ten minutes and then rinse it off with warm water.
Large pores make it easier for the dirt to accumulate inside, which may cause acne. Mix one tablespoon of tomato juice with two to four drops of fresh lime juice. Use a cotton ball to apply the mixture on your face. Take extra care to avoid the eyes. Massage into the skin using a circular motion. Leave it on for 15 minutes before washing it off with cold water.
Mix some cucumber juice with fresh tomato juice. Apply this mixture on your face and massage to let it absorb into the skin. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then rinse it off. This mixture is great for those who have oily skin.
The cleansing benefits of oatmeal, along with the nutrients found in tomatoes bring in such a delightful combo that will surely give your skin its much needed boost of vitality. Mix one cup of oatmeal with 3 tablespoons of non fat milk. Puree one tomato and then add it into the oatmeal. Blend well and apply on cleansed face. Let it stay for 45 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.