The tomato is typically known for being used in kitchen as one of the widely known fruits, brightly red in color and comes in all shapes and sizes. Tomatoes are used in salads, sandwiches, pastes, sauces, juices and many different prepared dishes. However, did you know that tomatoes are an inexpensive and easy to find remedy for skin care. With a wide array of versatility, color, flavor and nutrition the tomato can treat many different skin conditions and problems.
Although the tomato has been widely debated over being a fruit or vegetable, it makes no difference when it comes to using the tomato for skin care. The tomato can treat several types of skin problems including acne, blackheads, oily skin, enlarged pores, skin rashes, sunburns, discoloration, dry skin, and dull complexions. The tomato contains a wide variety of nutritional elements not only good for the skin but good for overall health. Most widely known for having vitamin A, and C the tomato also contains vitamin E, K, B1, B2, B3, and B6. Additionally the tomato is a great source of fiber, iron, manganese, potassium, carotenes, magnesium, and lycopene. Lycopene is known as one of the most powerful antioxidants and tomatoes contains the most lycopene out of any other fruit or vegetable. As a powerful antioxidant, the tomato fights free radicals from causing abnormal skin cell changes which can cause wrinkles, acne, discoloration, skin tone changes and many more diseases and skin problems.
Rich in vitamin C, the tomato can brighten a dull complexion and reduce skin imperfections such as skin tone and texture. The vitamin A in tomatoes builds healthy skin cells that are strong and resilient. Tomatoes, like many other fruits are also well known for being acidic which gives it a natural astringent effect on the face and pores. This removes the dead skin cells from the top layer of skin, which eliminates excess oil and clears blackheads that fill the top of pores. For people with oily skin, the tomato balances the oiliness by reducing excess oil that sits on top of the skin. Tomatoes can be used alone or partnered with other natural ingredients to combine the power of each to eliminate skin disorders.
When treating acne, the tomato alone has the power to clean and cleanse the skin of bacteria that causes acne. The tomato can also reduce inflammation and redness caused by blocked pores and remove pimples, zits, and blackheads that are visibly present on the face. Take a ripened tomato, and mash it up. Apply the mashed tomato liberally to the face and neck or any area affected by acne. Leave the tomato for 1 hour. Then rinse off with tepid water. You should notice a brighter complexion immediately and a reduction in acne after using it for a whole week, once a day.
Since excess oil can be one of the causes of acne, using a tomato on people with oily skin is necessary. For daily spot treatments, slice a tomato and rub it directly on the face, especially on the areas that accumulate the moist oil such as the cheeks, nose and forehead. After a couple of minutes rinse off the residue with cool water. For additional soothing effects mix and mash a tomato and cucumber together. Apply directly to the face and rinse after a couple of minutes. Next you should use a cleanser at least once a week for combination skin, and a couple times a week for oily skin. For a smooth and cooling affect tomato should be combined with avocado. This mixes the astringent of tomato with the antiseptic of avocado. Smooth the combination on the face completely. Leave for 20-30 minutes and rinse with tepid water. If you prefer you can use tomato with whole milk. Blend an overly ripe tomato and strain the pulp out. Mix the tomato juice with and equal amount of whole milk. Apply to the face for 10 minutes. Remove with bottled water to see a much less oily face.
Large or enlarged pores are a sign of acne and oily skin. When the pores on your face are enlarged more oil is allowed to seep onto the face. To reduce the size of your pores, tomatoes, which are a natural astringent, will automatically retract the pores and decrease the amount of oil allowed to come out. A tomato lotion can be used daily to decrease the natural size of your pores. Mix 1 tablespoon of tomato juice with a couple drops of limejuice. Apply this to the face and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse off with tepid water to reveal smaller pores.
To remove skin rashes mix a tomato with plain yogurt. Yogurt is a natural antibacterial due to the live cultures within it. Spread the mixture on your face or any other area of skin rash. Leave for 20 minutes and then rinse with warm water. Do this 2-3 times a day to see a difference.
When you get a sunburn, the painful feel and red look are the most important things that you want to reduce as soon as possible. Tomatoes can be used to reduce the pain and swelling that comes with a sunburn. By mixing tomatoes and buttermilk you can remove the top layer of dead skins and sooth the painful burn. Mix 2 teaspoons of tomato juice with 4 tablespoons of buttermilk. Apply to the burnt areas and remove after 1 1/2 hours. Apply as frequently as needed until pain, swelling and redness disappear.
Lastly, a dull complexion reduces the healthy, natural young appearance of the face. To revive the skin and give it back that healthy glow mix tomato and honey to refresh the skin and bring it back to life. Honey is a natural antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, which does wonders for the skin. Mixed with tomato juice and applied to the skin for 15 minutes at a time, a dull complexion will be increasingly brightened. Rinse with warm water and pat the skin dry
Sarah Labdar, “Tomato Skin Care Remedies”, Everyday Health