I keep being surprised by how many of the things you can find in your kitchen cupboards can be used, and are proven to be really effective, skin and/or hair care products. My latest discovery is the tomato, that has turned out to be extremely effective against oily skin, pores and blemishes. Apart from vitamin C and A, that have both been proven effective against acne, the acidity in tomatoes will work as a natural exfoliant, removing dead skin cells and leaving you with fresh, glowing and healthy skin. Not to mention, tomatoes contain a powerful antioxidant called lycopene, which will provide protection against harmful UV rays and also work as an anti-aging agent. All this just from normal everyday tomatoes, can you believe it?
How to use tomatoes, then? The easiest is just to squeeze the juice out of a tomato and use as a skin toner, or rub the pulp over your face as a face mask. Per chance, The Times of India did an article about tomatoes in skin care today – read it, it has a lot of nice recipes. What I did for my Sunday bath face mask however was one that combines tomatoes with dried thyme and oregano. They both fight acne and are good against oily skin, plus thyme contains saponins and will help cleanse your face. So as it turns out, tomatoes and herbs is a nice combination for the face, as well as for the tomato sauce. Prego!
- Half a tomato
- One pinch of thyme, one of oregano
- Rice flour or cornflour
Mix the tomato and herbs in a blender until the seeds are ground up. Depending on how watery the tomato is, you might want to add some flour to make the mask less runny (riceflour/cornflour will also help fight oily skin). Apply to your face and leave on for 10-20 minutes. If your skin starts prickling, it’s the acidity doing its job – if it’s too uncomfortable, rinse off. Rinse off with lukewarm water and finish off with a toner or a splash of cold water.