Tomato is an excellent food good for skin that contains wonderful nutrients, such as phenolic compounds, carotenoids, folic acid, and vitamin C. This bright red fruit contains large amounts of vitamins and minerals, such as A, C, E, iron and potassium, which help nourish the skin. Tomato also provides an astringent effect on the skin to help remove excess oil and refine the pores. They provide many other skin care benefits, such as:
(i) It’s rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant ‘lycopene’ (source) that offers antioxidant and antityrosinase goodness to lighten the skin complexion and also protect the skin from free radicals responsible for photodamage, wrinkles and age spots.
(ii) Tomatoes contain natural astringent properties, which help tighten large pores and brighten up your complexion. It also exerts anti-aging effects when applied topically, fading away fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots
(iii) It balances the skin’s pH levels, which in turn balances the natural oil produced by the skin. They contain natural acids, which help regulate oily skin.
(iv) It’s rich in Vitamin C that improves the collagen and elastin production in the skin, making it supple and firm.
(v) It contains salicylic acid – a common ingredient in acne products. So, it helps cleanse and exfoliate skin to remove dead skin cells that can clog pores and cause acne, whiteheads or blackheads.
(vi) The humble tomato pulp is antibacterial and antifungal in nature that help clear acne and deep cleanse pores. (Source)
(vii) It has cooling properties, which soothe sunburns.
(viii) A regular use of tomato helps getting rid of dirt and other impurities, which provides wonderful glow to your face.
Homemade Tomato Face Mask Recipes For Rosy & Radiant Skin
As you have seen now a humble tomato has such a wide range of skin benefits. So, tomatoes can be used for different skin types and in treating various skin issues. An effective way is to make tomato face mask at home. Here are some of the best skin care homemade tomato mask recipes:
Tomato Lemon Face Mask To Lighten Skin
If you want to lighten your skin using natural methods then this mask is for you. This mask not only fades out blemishes but lightens your skin tone also. Both lemon and tomato have natural skin lightening properties. So, when combined together these two-power combo what you get is a mask to reap perfectly bright and fresh skin. All in all, this lemon tomato mask will help even out skin discoloration, hyperpigmentation and lighten acne scars.
You will need:
(i) Tomato: ½, ripe
(ii) Lemon juice: 1/2 teaspoon, freshly squeezed
(i) Puree the ½ ripe tomato. Mix the tomato puree with 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice.
(ii) Soak a clean cotton ball in the mixture. Wipe and apply the mixture all over your face and neck. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes.
(iii) When the time is up, rinse the mask off with cold water.
(iv) Pat dry. Apply a drop of olive oil to moisturize.
(i) Instead of blending tomato, you can extract the tomato pulp of one ripe tomato.
(ii) For best results, do facial steaming before using any facial mask in order to open up skin pores and allow the ingredients sink deep.
Tomato Honey Facial Mask To Brighten Skin
If you want to brighten your dull skin and make it blemish-free, use this nourishing tomato honey facemask regularly.
Tomato is rich in lycopene content, which can tan your skin a little bit while providing you with a gorgeous glowing look. Moreover, tomato also protects your skin from UV rays as it acts as a natural sunscreen. In addition, honey has skin lightening and brightening properties.
You will need:
(i) Tomato: ½, ripe
(ii) Honey: 1 tablespoon, organic
(i) Puree the ½ ripe tomato until you have a smooth paste. Add honey and stir to mix in the honey well.
(ii) While gently messaging, apply the mixture onto your face and neck. Allow it sit for 15 minutes to let the ingredients mixture to penetrate.
(iii) When the time is up, rinse the mask off with cold water. Pat your face dry.
(i) Use raw and organic honey for skin. Processed products can irritate skin.
(ii) While applying any face mask, take care to do it over your kitchen/bathroom sinks to avoid sticky messes on the floor.
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Tomato Basic Facial Mask – A Simple Remedy For Glowing Skin
You just need tomato for this mask. Cut a tomato in two halves. Rub it gently in slow circular motions onto your cheeks, chin, forehead, nose area and also don’t forget your neck. Let it sit on for 10-15 minutes then rinse with warm water and pat dry.
After rinsing apply a moisturizer. You can also use a natural moisturizer. Here are some of the best natural moisturizer recipes. Use this mask two times a week to rejuvenate and provide a beautiful glow to your skin.
You can use this mask for all types of skin, including normal, oily and combination skin.
Tomato-Sugar Exfoliating Facial Mask For Oily Skin
An effective way to use tomato is with sugar. This is particularly helpful if your skin is oily, dull with whiteheads or blackheads
Sugar contains good amount of alpha hydroxy acids (or AHAs), which have a rejuvenating effect on the skin. When sugar is combined with tomato, it exfoliates the outer dead layer of the skin, revealing the inner smoother skin layer. Regular use of this mask also helps in removing blackheads as well as whiteheads. Moreover, it brightens your skin and reinstates a smooth complexion.
You will need:
(i) Tomato:1, cut in 2 halves
(ii) Sugar: 1/2 teaspoon, fine cane sugar
Method: Evenly coat the tomato halves with the sugar. Gently rub the tomato halves coated with sugar in circular motion onto your face, cheeks, chin, forehead, nose and neck. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes, and then rinse with warm water. Use this mask twice a week.
Tomato-Cucumber Facial Mask For Supple, Glowing Skin
Cucumber is great for skin. It’s rich in silica, so it acts as an astringent that helps tighten large pores and sagging skin.
Cucumber provides cooling effect so they are good for soothing skin irritations, treating puffiness and balancing skin’s pH.
Moreover, cucumber is composed of 95 per cent water and so hydrates oily skin, preventing further oily ness as well as water dry withered skin back to its previous smoothness.
When they are combined with tomato they make an incredible facemask for making your skin’s complexion even, smooth, soft and flawless.
You will need:
(i) Tomato: 1/2, ripe
(ii) Cucumber: 1/4
(iii) Almond oil: 1 teaspoon (optional, use in case your skin is dry)
(i) Blend the tomato and cucumber till you have a smooth puree of uniform consistency.
(ii) Apply the mask on to your face, neck and chest. While applying you may gently massage the mixture in circular motion.
(iii) Leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes, and then rinse it off.
You can apply this mask up to 2 times a week.
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Tomato-Clay Mask for Acne And Oily Skin
If you are having oily skin and/or acne this mask is good for you. You can also use this mask in case you have combination skin or if you want to freshen up your skin. You can use any clay of your choice. I prefer to use fullers earth or bentonite clay.
The clay in mask can help to lift impurities from deepest layers of your skin, leaving it soft, clear and revitalized.
This mask is great for healing pimples, fading out scars, tightening large pores and making your oily skin look normal and balanced.
You Will Need:
(i) Tomato: ½, ripe
(ii) Fullers earth (multani mitti): 1 tablespoon
(iii) Cucumber pulp: 1 tablespoon (optional, soothes irritated skin)
(iv) Mint leaves: 1 teaspoon (optional, helps with acne)
(v) Yogurt: 1 teaspoon, plain & unflavored (optional, moisturizes skin)
(i) Make a tomato puree of the ripe ½ fresh tomato. Now mix in the fullers earth with tomato puree to make a smooth paste. If required, add more tomato pulp to have a smooth paste.
(ii) You may mix in the optional ingredients.
Note: In case you are using cucumber and mint leaves, blend in a blender with tomato to form a smooth paste. Then add and mix in the fullers earth thoroughly.
(iii) Apply evenly on your face and neck, leaving it on for 15 minutes. Rinse it off with water.
Use this mask up to 2 times a week.
Read here for some of the best clay masks.
Tomato-Almond Mask For Nourishing Dry And Mature Skin
Almonds nourish skin deeply, so has ability to rejuvenate and restore skin. They have sufficient amounts of vitamin E and fatty acids, which can be easily absorbed into skin and boost the skin complexion and skin elasticity.
Tomato, almond and cucumber pack is great for all types of skin. It is especially helpful in case sensitive, dry and matured types of skin. This mask helps fade out fine lines, plumps up your skin, and provides your skin an instant glow. Moreover, It has properties to reinstate moisture levels of your skin and fade away even skin pigmentation.
You will need:
(i) Tomato, 1/4 ripe
(ii) Cucumber, a small piece
(iii) Almond flour: 1/2 tablespoon, powder
(i) Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
(ii) Apply the paste on your face and neck with your clean fingertips. While applying gently massage in an upward direction. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes, and then rinse it off.
Apply this pack up to 2 times in a week.
Natural Beauty Tips
(i) When you apply any of the facemasks, consider applying it on your neck and chest as well.
(ii) After you rinse off or wash out the mask, pat dry your face and apply a moisturizer.