The tomato isn’t just a tasty fruit, it’s a food source rich in vitamins and minerals which have been proven to have a host of amazing benefits not just for your body but also for your skin. Regularly used in culinary creations, it’s not often that you’ll hear of a beauty company using the colorful food in their beauty products but when you look a bit deeper into the skin-boosting compounds it contains, you might want to reconsider your beauty regime.
The Benefits of Using Tomato for Skin
Tomatoes are known to be one of the best antioxidant-rich foods which, in the most basic form of explaining them, are molecules which help to fight back against other molecules known as ‘free radicals’. The latter free radicals ‘bounce’ between other cells in the body, damaging them and encouraging them to act in weird and wonderful ways. This in turn can cause a number of problems including cancer, skin complaints, and more.
When you use a tomato on the skin in it’s freshest, rawest form, you are pumping it full of antioxidants which are then given a chance to work on a cellular level – working on caring for each individual cell that makes up your skin.
One cup (or 180g) of raw and sliced tomatoes contains 33% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin C. This vitamin alone has shown to be great for fighting back against a range of skin complaints including acne.
Secondary to that, the antioxidants will get to work right away, protecting your skin cells from those free radicals, preventing further damage often caused by acne like the scars left from the zits and spots you pick or squeeze.
Tomatoes are naturally acidic foods and when this is applied to the skin, it helps to dry it out. When you suffer with acne, your pores tend to leak oil and the ‘drying-out’ process will not only prevent / stop the oil production but will also help to close up your pores.
Don’t mix tomatoes and citrus fruits together to use on the skin. They are both very acidic and will likely cause burns and over-drying.
Method One: Cut a fresh tomato in half and rub the fleshy area of the fruit directly on your skin where you suffer with acne breakouts the most.
After massaging the juice into your skin for a few minutes (using circular motions to help combat wrinkles and improve circulation), wash off with warm water and PAT dry with a towel.
Never rub with a towel as this will tear, stretch and damage the delicate skin on your face.
Method Two: Mash up the flesh of a fresh, raw tomato with the flesh of a fresh, raw cucumber. Apply it to your face as a face mask and leave it for around thirty minutes before washing it off with warm water and patting dry with a towel.
The cucumber not only offers high levels of hydration to your skin (because it is made up of 90% water) but it will also help to clean away dirt, grime and bacteria from your pores and also revitalize the cells.
Whether it’s due to psoriasis, dermatitis, acne or rashes, itching the skin is not advisable. It spreads bacteria and germs and it also damages the skin cells.
One cup of sliced, raw tomatoes contain 24% of your daily recommended intake of biotin (or vitamin H) which is one of the compounds that makes up the complex B-vitamins our bodies need.
When your body doesn’t get enough biotin, your nervous system will suffer. This, in turn, will affect your hormone function and allows toxicities to freely roam around the body and usually manifest on the surface of the skin.
Method One: Eating more tomatoes is a great way to nourish the body from the inside-out. You’ll get all the nutrients and benefits but it won’t hit the most damaged or affected areas first.
When you eat tomatoes, you don’t tend to get the same skin-properties from the lycopene because after ingestion, it is released into the lymphatic system and spread out to the areas of your body which need it the most. Your skin is usually last on the list which is why using it topically and directly has the best results.
Method Two: With two cups of granulated sugar and a large, finely-chopped tomato, you have the perfect ingredients for an all-over body scrub. Add about a third of a cup of coconut oil and between 5-20 drops of your favorite essential oil (lavender is a good one) before using an exfoliating mitt or brush in the shower to slough off dead skin cells.
By removing the old, dead cells, there is room for new skin growth and the lycopene (a very unique carotenoid) present in tomatoes helps to repair and rejuvenate.
Lycopene has been shown to have particularly effective results when applied to fat-rich areas of the body such as the legs, arms, buttocks and arms as it is fat-soluble.
Lycopene has a rather strange and unique molecular design which helps to make the humble tomato great for adding protection from the suns powerful rays. Because the molecules are so large, they help to block UV radiation to about a level of SPF-3. This might not sound like a lot but this is more than your skin currently offers and will be added on to any other UV-protection products you’ll be using.
Aiding the functions of your cells, lycopene helps not only to enhance connectivity between them, but communication too. When you add this to the fact that lycopene also helps to stop the enzyme activity in the skin that breaks down collagen, any tomato-based product (homemade or otherwise) is going to offer anti-aging properties.
Your skin will be plumper and more protected from UV rays, combating wrinkles, age spots and more.
Method One: Combining equal parts of Aloe Vera and natural tomato juice will give you a facial cleanser that will help fight back against the visible signs of aging although if you have sensitive skin, you may wish to consider adding more Aloe Vera or even adding the two ingredients to a natural yogurt or oil as a base.
Encouraging the removal of old skin cells and enhancing the process of creating new ones, this tomato and Aloe Vera facial cleanser will help to get rid of makeup buildup as well as every day dirt and grime. It could also be used for a number of other skin complaints such as acne, helping to fight back against cellulite and stretch marks.
It is not advisable to use this on very sensitive or overly damaged skin.
Tomatoes have been shown to help with a number of problems you may face on your skin. The high-lycopene content helps to plump out the skin and prevent the destruction of collagen and other elastic cells.
Tomato paste can be used directly on the source of cellulite for a quick fix. You would need to eat about 15 tomatoes on a daily basis to get the right amount of lycopene to get the same fix as eating three or four tablespoons of tomato paste. Your skin will get an even quicker injection when applied directly.