Tomato for skin

September 14, 2012

For most of us who grew up in Nepal, this probably is not the first time hearing about the benefits of applying tomato topically on skin. But, how many of us have actually tried doing that? For some reason, when it comes to at-home beauty remedies, tomato doesn’t hold the same appeal as other natural ingredients like besan, yogurt, cucumber, etc. However, we at didibahini.com feel that it’s worth giving tomato a try. Whether you are battling acne, wrinkles, sun-burn or simply trying to take good care of your skin; tomato may be your solution. Try the following tomato face pack recipes next time you seek at-home skin treatment and enjoy the benefits tomato offers.

What you need

For oily skin
½ tomato
1 tablespoon lemon juice

For normal to dry skin
½ tomato
1 tablespoon of olive oil

Method

Wash your face clean with a facewash of your choice.

Peel the tomato skin out and discard it.

Mash up the tomato using a fork.

Add lemon juice to the tomato, if you have oily skin, or olive oil, if you have dry skin.

Mix the ingredients together.

Apply it to your face, and leave it for 15-20 minutes.

Wash the mask off your face.

Apply moisturizer of your choice right after

The science behind the mask

Tomato contains antioxidants like vitamin A and vitamin C which protect skin from skin damaging free radicals that causes wrinkles. Vitamin A also helps in repairing damaged skin. Similarly, vitamin C helps in producing collagen, a protein that is used to create skin. Tomato also has astringent property, which helps in tightening the skin, and the natural cooling effect of tomato helps soothe sunburns.

The face packs use one more ingredient besides tomato for each skin type. For oily skin, lemon juice is used. The citric acid in lemon juice helps fight acne and excess oil from skin; which usually are the main concerns for oily skin. For normal or dry skin, olive oil is used. Olive oil has vitamin E and oleic acid. Oleic acid softens the skin whereas vitamin E improves elasticity; both good for dry and normal skin.

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