Taking care and pampering your skin with natural ingredients is best in our view. Most of the time, you have the ingredients already sitting in your kitchen. They are cost effective and you can adjust the ingredients to your liking and needs.
Your kitchen pantry is full of valuable skincare ingredients like cucumber, potatoes, rice, cinnamon, tumeric, and tomatoes. Eating tomatoes helps you preserve a healthy heart, lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of cancer, and high blood pressure. They are also great for healthy bones and teeth and help reduce cell damage and tissue damage. When applied directly to the skin, they are highly effective in healing and clarifying the skin.
The components in the tomato fruit
These fruits contain high amounts of vitamins C, E, B6, B1, B3, and B2 and as well as iron, magnesium, and potassium. As we know, vitamin C transforms the dullest of skins and restores its glow. Next, they contain lycopene, which gives tomatoes their distinctive color. This compound is an antioxidant that helps fight free radicals in the body and has anti-aging effects. Tomatoes are slightly acidic in nature. They have astringent properties and thus help reduce excess sebum on the skin’s surface preventing oil build-up, which further reduces the chances of blackheads and whiteheads. The astringent and acid properties help shrink pores and tighten the skin, which again reduces acne and pimple occurring. Lastly, it works well as a moisturizer, leaving skin soothed and smooth. All this makes the fruit a miracle ingredient for many skin issues:
- shrink open pores
- oil control
- instant glow
- fade dark spots
- prevent and remove blackheads
- acne control
- reduce sunburn
- fight cellular damage
- even outs skin tone
- balance the skin’s pH levels
Even if the tomato fruit is usually safe to apply topically on the skin and yields miraculous results, it is always recommended to do a patch test before trying out for yourself.
The mask recipes all use ripe tomatoes and not canned tomatoes. You can combine tomatoes with other common household ingredients to make a mask with additional benefits. A tomato face mask is beneficial to your skin, no matter your skin type. When you are waiting for the mask to work, you can kick back and relax or give yourself a face massage.
Basic Raw Tomato Mask
This mask is the simplest and quickest to do. Just cut the tomato into thin slices and apply them on your skin. Leave on for 5 minutes before rinsing off with cool water. You can repeat this two to three times a week and you will see fewer wrinkles, firm, and glowy skin.
If you don’t have fresh tomatoes at hand, you can try to tomato puree or tomato juice. Apply about a tablespoon tomato puree on your face and let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse off. Note, the tomato puree is more concentrated and you should, therefore, watch how your skin feels.
Tomato And Cucumber Mask For Oily Skin
Cucumbers are mildly astringent as well. Combine it with a tomato to further boosts the oil control and at the same time prevent the skin from dehydrating. This mask will reduce oiliness and help keep the skin cleaner and tighter.
Take half a tomato and a quarter of a peeled cucumber. Put it in a blender and process until you have a smooth paste. If you have too much for one application store it in the fridge and use it within a few days.
Apply the mask to your skin and let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse off. You can apply this mask two to three times a week.
Tomato And Honey For Oily Skin
The astringent property of the tomato cuts out the oil while the honey is hydrating. In this combination, you get a mask that will make your face matt while keeping it well balanced and nourished.
Take half a tomato and blend it with 1 tablespoon honey until you have a smooth mixture. Smooth the paste to your face and leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse off. You can apply this mask two to three times a week.
Tomato And Lemon Juice For Acne Prone Skin
This mask will dissolve excess oil as well as dead skin cells, unclog the pores, helps treat acne while also facing acne scars and dark spots. Last but not least it will also prevent future breakouts. Both the tomato and the oatmeal (its saponin content) soaks up excess oil, sebum, and dirt from deep inside the skin pores and helps to cleanse it thoroughly. The lemon boosts the vitamin C level of this mask.
You need one tomato, 1 tablespoon of oats, 2 teaspoon lemon juice. Put the honey and tomato in a blender and mix. Gradually add the oats to get the right consistency, you don’t want the paste to be too runny or too thick. Apply the paste on your face and let it soak into your skin for 20 minutes then rinse off. You can use this mask 2 to 3 times a week.
Tomato Cleansing Mask
When you apply this mask, you only need to take off your make up before using this treatment. The tomato and avocado mixture is designed to clean your pores out. When you combine the oils of an avocado with a tomato, you can make a deep cleansing mask that will clean out your pores.
You need to first scoop out the pulp of the avocado. Put a tomato and the avocado pulp into a blender and process until you get a smooth paste.
Apply the mixture on your face and leave it on for 30 minutes. If you want to have a deep cleanse, leave it on for 45 minutes. Rinse off with cool water. Use this once or twice a week.
Let us know in the comments below if you know more tomato mask recipes for oily skin.