Homegrown tomatoes don’t just taste like heaven, they make you look and feel great, too.
Tomatoes contain the vitamins A, C and K, and the antioxidant lycopene, which help skin in several ways. Together, they:
- Boost cell protection against harmful ultra violet rays from the sun, which prevents wrinkling and other signs of premature aging.
- Aid cell regrowth, improving skin’s look and texture.
- Help produce collagen, which makes skin glow and look fuller.
So, if your garden has produced tons of tomatoes, use some in salads, but reserve others to help you look and feel your best. Here’s how to use tomatoes to fix the following skin problems:
Treat acne: Vitamin A in tomatoes boosts skin cell turnover and helps treat pimples and acne. You can wash your face with a quartered or pureed tomato. Or, dab pimples with a little tomato juice, let it sit for five minutes, then remove with a clean cloth.
Shrink pores: Tomatoes are natural skin toners. Reduce pore size by squeezing the juice from of a fresh tomato, and applying it in a circular motion to your face with a cotton ball. Let sit for five minutes and rinse.
Dry oily skin: Tomatoes are a natural astringent that combats face oil. Make a mask of crushed tomato and crushed cucumber (cucumber is so refreshing), and apply to clean skin. Let it sit for 20 minutes, then rinse. If you’ve got combination skin, mix tomato with avocado into a mask.
Soothe burns: Got a sunburn? Mix a crushed tomato with two tablespoons of plain yogurt. Apply the balm on burned faces, hands and feet. Let sit for 20 minutes, then rinse.
Promote gorgeous glow: Mix tomato juice with honey to form a thick paste. Apply the mask to your face and neck, let it sit for 20 minutes, and then wash it off. Your skin will have a fresh, young look.