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Benefits of using tomatoes as a skincare product

Skin Care
 Tomatoes contain antioxidants that could help protect skin cells from damage (Shutterstock)

Tomatoes make great compliments in fresh salads, smoothies and stew dishes but did you know you could also make it part of your skincare routine?

Tomatoes contain vitamin C and other antioxidants that could help your skin diminish fine lines and protect skin cells from damage caused by UV rays exposure.

Unlike other skincare products that need to be used sparingly and with instructions, tomatoes are natural with no dangers and can be used daily on the skin.

Cutting your tomato into half, applying some honey on the surface and rubbing gently onto your cleansed skin, is just one of the many ways you can use tomatoes on your skin.

If you haven’t made tomatoes part of your skincare routine, here are some benefits of using tomatoes as part of your skincare routine you should know:

May reduce risk of sunburns

Although tomatoes should not be a substitute for sunscreen, it contains the nutrient lycopene with antioxidant properties that has a photo-protective effect.

Other than applying tomatoes directly on the skin for its beauty properties, you could also increase tomatoes in your daily diet to increase the nutrient lycopene in your body.

Promote wound healing

Tomatoes are rich with Vitamins A and C without forgetting lycopene all known for efficient wound healing. They are also known to promote a good immune system and protect the body from oxidation that can lead to damaged cells. Vitamin C also promotes the growth of connective tissues meaning it will speed up the healing process.

Soothe skin irritation and inflammation

As established before, tomatoes contain many nutrients and antioxidants with compounds that may ease skin sunburns. Regular application of makeup or even over dependence on anti-acne products can irritate the skin and tomatoes can help soothe this irritation. After cleansing, rub a fresh tomato on your skin and rinse off after a few minutes.

 Consider adding tomatoes to your diet and skincare routine for its great benefits (Shutterstock)
Stimulate collagen production

Collagen is mainly responsible for strengthening the skin and improving its elasticity and its reduction leads to wrinkles that accompany aging.

Tomatoes contain vitamin C that stimulates the production of collagen, hence using it on your skin will mean firmer and more vibrant looking skin. It will also improve the texture of your skin and keep it supple.

May help remove dead skin cells

Tomatoes contain enzymes that can play a role in exfoliation to remove dead skin cells. Tomatoes can come in handy especially for people who have acne prone skin and need milder ways of exfoliating their faces. It will also improve the appearance of your skin as it will get rid of black spots and black heads in the process.

Help fight cellular damage

Free radicals on the skin are known to damage skin cells from exposure to elements like sunshine. Considering tomatoes are rich in nutrients like lycopene and Vitamin C that help fight cellular damage and accelerates regeneration of cells, it is likely to reduce the process of ageing. It is important to have tomatoes as a meal and as a skincare product for the best results.

Moisturize skin

Who doesn’t love moisturized and vibrant skin? Tomatoes have that effect on your skin, applying it on your skin will help prevent itching and flaking.

Since a reduction of potassium levels in the body could lead to dry skin, consider adding tomatoes to your diet and skincare routine as it is a great source of potassium.

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