The Internet is flooding with various remedies for achieving a healthy skin. Moreover, there are plenty of products in the market which promise excellent results but most of them are overflowing with chemicals and artificial products. But, if you think about it, what if the secret to healthy and glowy skin is right in your kitchen? Seriously, you’d be surprised to learn the various magical skincare elixirs you can concoct with a few simple pantry ingredients like lemon juice, aloe vera and turmeric. One of the most effective and widely used natural products to achieve a healthy skin is Tomato. So, tomato is famously known for its antioxidant properties and abundance of vitamin C. It is also a dietary source of :
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B
Along with strengthening the immune system, tomatoes also offer other benefits for various skin concerns such as uneven skin tone or signs of aging. Tomato contains lycopene which acts as a natural sunscreen for your skin. Moreover, antioxidants present in the fruit helps to fight cellular damage. It shrinks blackheads, shrinks pores, reduces oiliness and provides a natural glow. Given below are some of the possible
Benefits of tomatoes for your skin
- Stimulates collagen production
As already mentioned, tomatoes are a magnificent source of vitamin C. Besides boosting the immune system, it spikes collagen production in the body. One medium tomato can provide upto 30% of the important nutrient required for collagen production. When applied topically, vitamin C provides excellent elasticity and makes the skin firmer than it already is. Tomatoes also cause increased production of hyaluronic acid which is very important for a healthy skin.
- Get rid of dead skin cells
Exfoliation is a process of removing dead skin cells. It accelerates the health and appearance of the skin. Tomato is famously known to act as an exfoliator when applied to the skin. Exfoliation is advised to be done every two or three times a week to produce efficient output. The various other natural exfoliators are sugar, lemon, oatmeal and coffee grounds
- Possess anti-ageing components
There is no shortage of vitamins in tomatoes. Vitamins are essential for skin health. Tomatoes are rich in vitamins such as B-1, B-3, B-5, B-6 and B-9. These contain excellent anti-aging properties which have proved to reduce dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles. These B vitamins also contribute to the cell repair process. They also reduce hyperpigmentation and sun burns.
- Moisturize the skin
Untreated dry skin can cause itching, flakiness and cracks. There are various lotions and creams which prevent dryness but again, these are bombarded with chemicals which could have a negative effect on the skin. Applying tomato juice to the dry skin could provide moisture and help fight dry skin. Tomatoes are rich in Potassium and decreased level of the same could result in dry skin in people with dermatitis. Hence, tomatoes can be used as a natural remedy to overcome dry skin.
Home-made tomato masks for healthy skin
We have already discussed the supernatural beauty benefits of tomatoes. Now, let us formulate some face masks using tomatoes to target various skin problems. These natural masks are used to overcome problems such as tanning, greasy skin and dull complexion.
- Tomato and lemon juice face mask
Combination of tomato and lemon juice can be used as an excellent face mask to get rid of tanned skin and leave a brighter skin. To make this face mask, take a ripe tomato and grind it into puree. To this add two tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Mix well and apply on the face and neck. Rinse it off with cold water after 20 minutes and pat dry your skin.
- Coconut and tomato face mask
For people with sensitive skin, we got your back! Coconut coupled with tomato can be used to exfoliate and moisturize the skin at the same time. To prepare this exfoliating face mask, grind a tomato and two tablespoons of milk together. To this add half a cup of grated coconut. Mix the ingredients well and apply thoroughly all over the face and neck, exfoliating gently in upwards motion for a few minutes. Leave it for 10 minutes and wash it off. This mask would work amazingly well as a natural exfoliating agent and tomato and milk act as a moisturising agent without being too greasy.
- Cucumber, tomato and oats facemask
If your skin produces excess sebum, acne, acne scars, this DIY mask can utilised to reduce the effects of the same. This works astoundingly well for oily skin. To make this face mask, in a bowl add 1 tablespoon of cucumber juice, 1 tablespoon tomato juice and 1 tablespoon of oats. Blend all the ingredients to make the paste smooth. Massage the mask into your skin and using gentle upwards motion for a couple of minutes. Then, leave it to dry for about 10 minutes. Wash with cool water and pat dry.
Side effects of using tomato on skin
As we know, tomatoes and it’s juice have various health benefits but these remedies are not for everybody. Tomatoes are naturally acidic and if one is sensitive to the naturally occurring acids or tomatoes in general, applying the fruit or juice to the skin could cause an allergic reaction. Signs of skin reaction can vary from rash and itching to redness. It is usually recommended, before using the juice or the fruit over a large area, it should be tested on a small area of skin.
Miscellaneous ways to achieve a healthy and glowing skin :
- Drink plenty of water
- Wash your face twice a day
- Do not compromise on sleep
- Cut down oil and sugar consumption
- Feast on nuts and fruits
- Avoid going to bed with make up
- Moisturise face before hitting the bed
Tomatoes are an everyday ingredient used in the process of cooking. Moreover, they are easily available and possess various health benefits. This fruit can be used to its optimum level for inner and exterior well-being of an individual. There are plenty of face masks which could be used to overcome skin related issues like dryness, tanning etc. Regular use of the masks should be avoided as the skin requires breathing time.