When it comes to DIY skincare, tomato doesn't usually cross our mind. We usually go for lemon, avocado and other fruits. Tomato is more than a flavorful ingredient in salad, pasta, and salsa sauce. Here's why:
Tomato contain a source of lycopene, the bright red pigment found in tomatoes. Lycopene also act as an sunscreen protecting the tomato from UV rays. This property is also high in antioxidant that help fight cellular damage and reddening of skin. 16 milligrams of lycopene per day can reduce the amount of free radicals in the body! In addition, it also help retain moisture for people that are exposed to air-conditioned environments.
How can tomato benefit your skin?
- It can treat acne and mild pimples
- Improve overall skin tone and dark spots
- Control excess oil secretion
- Prevent wrinkles and fine-lines
How to make a tomato scrub?
1. Pour about one tablespoon of granulated sugar or brown sugar on a plate. Set it aside. Then slice off the top of a tomato. Lay the cut side in the plate of sugar. Twist the tomato top around in a circular motion to get an even coating on the tomato top.
2. Dampen your face and gently scrub the sugar coated tomato top in a small circular motion starting. Start from the chin and move your way up to the forehead. Focus on the nose to exfoliate the pores there.
3. When you are done exfoliating, rinse your face with warm water. Tone and moisturize your face as usual.