Thanks to our messed-up hormones, clogging makeup or wrong skincare products, many of us end up with closed comedones, skin irritation, pimples and finally full-blown acne and acne scars.
When dealing with angry, inflamed skin, we tend to throw all kinds of actives at it at once, which only angers our skin more, resulting in more irritation and acne. For this reason, it’s best to stick to a gentle, protective and calming skincare routine with just occasional exfoliation and other acne treatments.
In fact, it may be a good idea to replace your regular acne treatments such as acids and benzoyl peroxide with natural and gentle alternatives, such as tomatoes.
Tomatoes for Skincare
Tomatoes are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, out of which the most important one is lycopene. This compound is what gives tomato its vibrant color and what is so incredibly healthy about tomatoes. Lycopene:
- has powerful antioxidant properties, meaning it can protect our skin from being damaged by free radicals,
- can boost the skin’s natural protection against sun, protecting us against harmful UVA and UVB rays,
- promotes skin healing and cell regeneration, thereby improving skin texture,
- boosts collagen production, which is our skin’s building block.
But that’s not all, whole tomatoes can also:
- Gently exfoliate the skin, leading to less clogged pores and closed comedones,
- Reduce the redness caused by acne,
- Improve skin texture,
- Boost skin moisture,
- Fight formed pimples,
- Reduce acne scars.
How to use Tomatoes in Skincare
Now that we’ve covered the tomato’s skin benefits, it’s time to actually use one in our skincare routine.
Note: before using tomato on your skin, make sure your face is cleansed and dry.
- Simply cut one ripe tomato in half and rub it all over your face. Leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse with cold water and follow with a basic moisturizer.
- Put one tomato in a blender, add one teaspoon of lemon juice and blend until you get a smooth tomato paste. Apply the paste on your face and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Rinse and moisturize.
- Mash one ripe tomato and mix it with 2 tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt. Apply the mixture to your skin and let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and moisturize.