Tomato is a common ingredient in most Indian curries and salads. It also has beauty benefits, due to its high vitamin and mineral content. It is rich in vitamin C and potassium, which not only help to strengthen the immune system and prevent early degeneration, but also adds a glow to the skin.
In fact, tomato face masks are particularly beneficial for the health of the skin, as it also restores the pH balance which can get disrupted by harsh soaps and cosmetics.
Tomato also contains lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant and has anti-ageing benefits when applied to the skin. Tomato pulp or juice also helps to reduce oiliness and brightens the skin.
It is particularly beneficial for people with oily skin because it has an astringent effect–reducing oiliness. In fact, it also cleanses and shrinks pores.
But this humble fruit’s superpower is preventing acne by unclogging pores. Which also means no blackheads and whiteheads.
So how can you make tomatoes a part of your beauty regimen?
Here are seven tomato face packs to help you make the most of this beauty secret:
1. For acne-prone skin
Apply tomato juice or pulp on your face and wash off with plain water after 15 minutes. This will help to gradually control your acne.
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2. For blackheads
Mix tomato juice with baking powder into a paste. Apply on oily and blackhead prone areas of your face. Wash off after 5 minutes. This will help you prevent blackheads.
3. For oily and tanned skin
Combine one teaspoon each of tomato and cucumber juice, and apply the concoction on your face to fight excess sebum. Over a period of time, it will also help to remove tan and brighten the skin.
4. For combination skin
Combine three teaspoons of oats with one egg white and two teaspoons of tomato juice. Apply this concoction on your face, avoiding the lips and the area around your eyes. Wash it off after 20 to 30 minutes or when it dries.
5. For normal skin that needs a dash of hydration
Mix tomato juice with the pulp of an avocado for normal. While tomato reduces oiliness and has an astringent effect, avocado moisturizes the skin without making it oily.
6. For sun-burnt skin
Mix tomato juice with powdered milk into a paste and apply it on your face. It will help to remove tan.
7. For dry skin
Mix tomato juice with almond oil and apply on your face to remove tan and brighten your skin colour. You can also use olive oil in this recipe.
So don’t fuss over expensive concoctions to give you the skin of your dreams. Just let tomatoes into service.