Summer is full of fresh fruit, fresh vegetables and fresh skin. Let’s take those fresh items, like tomatoes, and make use of them in a different way. Instead of taking the overabundance of tomatoes from your garden and passing them off to friends and neighbors or making another pot of sauce; create your own beauty routine. It’s easier than you think!
Totally Toned Tomatoes
Tomatoes aren’t just good to eat – they also can help your skin maintain a youthful glow. The acids from the tomato juice make an excellent facial toner, masks, and even scrub. While there are a lot of tomato-based products in stores you can make many on your own and save money.
Ingredients: 3-4 cucumber slices (no skin), 2 slices of fresh tomato.
Mash the cucumber and tomato together. Strain the juice from the pulpy mixture into a separate container. This is your toner, which works great on reducing excess facial oil. Apply the tomato-cucumber juice mixture with a cotton ball or pad to your face.
Clean It Up
Ingredients: medium tomato, 2 tbsp. baking soda
Take a washed and de-stemmed tomato and puree it in a food processor or blender until completely pureed. Pour the tomato puree into a bowl and mix in the baking soda. Mixture will foam up slightly. Gently massage the tomato cleanser onto wet skin. Rinse off with water. Remember that this is a fresh cleanser so it only lasts about two days before you need to make more.
Scrub & Shine
There are lots of DIY recipes for tomato facial scrubs. I like to keep things simple and this one uses only two easily found at-home ingredients. It helps show off your best face. The Vitamin C in a tomato can help with acne while removing dead skin cells too.
Ingredients: ½ of 1 tomato, ½-1 tbsp. sugar.
Hold the tomato half with the sliced side facing up. Sprinkle sugar onto the half. In a circular motion, gently rub the tomato half onto your face. Do this until the sugar dissolves completely. Rinse off with warm water when done.
Tame redness with a ripe, red and juicy tomato! That applies to sunburns too. If you had too much time in the sun, then use a tomato to calm skin down and have it feeling new again.
Ingredients: 1 tomato, 1-2 tbsps. plain yogurt.
Mash the tomato up by hand or puree it in a blender or food processor. Add yogurt to the tomato puree. Apply the mask onto a clean, dry face and neck. Let the mask sit for 15-20 minutes. Wash off with water and dry. Don’t forget to moisturize as the sun can dry out your skin.