Are Tomatoes Good For Your Skin?
Not only are tomatoes healthy to eat but they also provide many incredible benefits for your skin. If you are considering any type of facial cosmetic surgery, Dr. Solomon recommends that your skin be in its best possible condition before your procedure. Lycopene is the wonder chemical, or phytochemical, in tomatoes that is responsible for the red pigment, as well as, several health benefits.
Lycopene is an antioxidant which is an anti-aging product that helps fight cellular damage and also works as a sunscreen inside your body. Eating one half cup of cooked tomatoes a day provides 16 milligrams of lycopene which in turn will give you many health benefits. Eating this size serving, as well as, using sunscreen will help block the sun from your skin.
If you find yourself with an abundance of wonderful homegrown tomatoes this summer, here are a few simple ways tomatoes can help your skin.
1) For glowing skin – Combine honey with tomato juice to make a thick paste. Smooth this over your face and leave on for 15-20 minutes and then rinse off with lukewarm water. It will leave your skin glowing and smooth.
2) To reduce burns – Since many people wind up with an unexpected sunburn in the summer here is a home remedy to help ease the discomfort. Mix two tablespoons of plain yogurt with a crushed half tomato. Apply it your neck, face, feet and hands. Leave on for 15-20 minutes and then rinse off. Yogurt will give your skin a protein boost while the tomato neutralizes the surface of the skin leaving it smooth and supple.
3) Reduce large pores – Mix 2-4 drops of fresh lime juice with one tablespoon of fresh tomato juice. Smooth onto your face with a cotton ball in a circular motion and then wait 15-20 minutes and rinse off with cool water. Doing this on a regular basis will help shrink pores.
4) Use as an astringent – Use a fresh tomato and crush it, then strain it. Make cucumber juice and add a little to the tomato juice. Use a cotton ball to apply this concoction daily to help combat acne and excessive oiliness. Do this on a regular basis to help dry up acne.
5) Acne help – For mild acne, use half a tomato and apply the inside to your face. For more severe acne use a fresh tomato and mash it, use the pulp as a pack on your face. Leave it on for an hour. Then rinse your face and apply moisturizer. Doing this on a regular basis will eventually help dry up your acne.
Tomatoes not only help your health but do wonders for your skin by helping to fight breakouts, deep-clean like an astringent and also tighten pores. Have fun over the summer exploring some of these practical home uses for the magical and versatile tomato.