7 Surprising Ways To Use Tomatoes For Clear Glowing Skin

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If you have been using tomato in your skin care routine, you know exactly what it can do to your skin. But, if you are not, you are missing out on something. Homemade tomato face masks can literally transform your skin. Here is how.

Let's first understand the composition of tomato. Tomato contains 16% vitamin A, which works to smoothen rough skin and helps reduce age spots.

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Tomato happens to be a powerhouse of vitamin C, with over 22%, which boosts the collagen level of the skin, improving elasticity.

It also contains over 5% of vitamin B6, which repairs the damaged skin cells and forms a protective layer to protect the skin against free radicals.

Other than that, tomato contains a high ratio of potassium, magnesium and iron that compose the withered outer layer of the skin, which hydrates the skin and gives it a radiant glow.

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With so many benefits in store, it would be fool hardy to not include the red, ripe fruit into your beauty routine.

To make your job easy, we curated 7 best cleansing tomato face masks for clear, supple and smooth skin, take a look and do try them on.

Pore-reducing Mask

The lemon in this mask has astringent properties that tone the skin, shrink pores and lighten acne marks.

How It Works

  • Extract the pulp of one ripe tomato, mix it with one teaspoon of freshly squeezed orange juice.
  • Apply a thin coat liberally on your neck and face.
  • Let it sit for 30 minutes and then rinse.
  • After removing this cleansing tomato face mask, massage your face with a few drops of almond oil for added nourishment.

Skin-brightening Mask

Tomato contains lycopene that acts as a natural shield against UV rays. Other than that, yogurt in this mask has natural bleaching properties, which works to lighten and nourish the skin. And honey is a natural humectant that moisturises the skin, giving it a radiant glow.

How It Works

  • Blend a tomato into a smooth pulp. Add in 1 teaspoon of yogurt and 1 teaspoon of honey.
  • Beat until you get a smooth paste.
  • Apply a thin coat of the DIY tomato mask over your neck and face.
  • Let it rest for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse and pat dry.

Blackhead-removing Mask

Tomato has antibacterial properties that cleanse skin of impurities; and sugar granules work as a gentle exfoliator.

How It Works

  • Cut two slices of a ripe tomato.
  • Smear it with a generous amount of sugar.
  • Take the slices in both your hands and start scrubbing the skin in a circular motion, make sure to get the nasty blackheads in the corner of your nose.
  • Let the juice remain for 5 minutes.
  • Rinse with cold water and pat dry.

Oil-controlling Mask

Tomato is one of the most tested Ayurvedic remedies to control oily skin. Tomato has antioxidants that control sebum production.

Cucumber has over 95% water, which hydrates skin, soothes inflammation and reduces oil production.

How It Works

  • Cut tomato in half, remove the peel and blend it into a pulp. Mix 1 tablespoon of fresh cucumber juice to the mixture.
  • Place the mask in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to chill.
  • As this mask is drippy, it can stain your clothes, so make sure you wear an old T-shirt.
  • Apply a thin coat on your neck and face.
  • Let it sit for 30 minutes.
  • Scrub it in a circular motion and rinse it with cold water.

 

Skin-tightening Mask

Avocado has antiseptic and moisturising properties, and tomato has antioxidants, together they shrink pores, boost collagen production, which in turn makes the skin tight and supple.

How It Works

  • Take one tablespoon of mashed avocado pulp and mix it with 1 tablespoon of tomato juice.
  • Mix until the ingredients combine well.
  • Apply a thin coat over your neck and face.
  • Let it sit for 30 minutes, rinse and pat dry.
  • Apply this tomato face mask for clear skin twice a week.

Hydrating Face Mask

Essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals present in buttermilk help heal sunburnt skin, lighten skin tone and moisturise by penetrating deep into the skin layers.

How It Works

  • Take two tablespoons of buttermilk and mix it with 1 tablespoon of tomato juice.
  • Whisk until the ingredients combine well.
  • Immerse a cotton ball into the solution, squeeze out the excess and apply it liberally all over your face.
  • After 20 minutes, rinse it with cold water.

Anti-Wrinkle Mask

Both olive oil and tomato are a powerhouse of antioxidants that can boost skin's elasticity, making it firm, supple and tight.

How It Works

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of tomato juice with 10 drops of olive oil.
  • Massage the mixture all over your face and neck.
  • Let the homemade tomato face mask sit for 15 minutes and then rinse.

 

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Story first published: Saturday, September 17, 2016, 11:00 [IST]
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