Caring for your skin is a long-term commitment – it should not be burdensome to you. A form of self-care that you should look forward to doing every day. In your stay-at-home game, how well are you coping up with the changes? How’s your do-it-yourself going on so far? Guess what? In your journey to skincare ingredient that actually works, we are giving you skincare tips and tricks about this most commonly known super fruit that you all are pretty much familiar with together with its skin benefitting properties and creative ways on how you can incorporate it in your usual beauty routine.
Aiming for that healthy-looking skin? You might want to eat more marinara sauce! No kidding! Tomatoes are filled with goodies that may give your skin an antioxidant boost to calm inflammation, reduce sun damage and fight back fine lines. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene. Lyco-what? Lycopene is a red nutrient in the carotenoids that give tomatoes their signature hue. As tomatoes ripen, their lycopene content gets higher and higher. Wonder why it’s good for you? According to Dr. Karin Hermoni Ph.D. Head Science & Nutrition at Lycored, Lycopene is a great food-derived antioxidant with many skin benefits that span the entire skin wellness spectrum. In addition to that statement, it is also said that the nutrient not only quenches free radicals but also induces the body’s own protection mechanism against oxidative stress and inflammation, enhancing skin resilience and allowing skin cells to better cope with the environment. Pretty sure you are very well aware of not just the health benefits this fruit actually brings but also to its skin benefitting properties. Now having said all these, have you tried some creative ways on how you can incorporate this in your usual beauty routine? Share it with us, Queens!
This might be the best time that you start hoarding this wonder fruit because its skin benefitting properties is indeed undeniable. Let us reap off all the skin-benefiting properties this wonder fruit has.
Tomatoes soothe skin inflammation
Compounds found in tomatoes are believed to be helpful in soothing skin inflammation. These include (1) lycopene, a powerful antioxidant (2) beat carotene, which in the body, was converted into Vitamin A – a vitamin that is essential for a strong immune system and for healthy skin and mucous membrane, (3) Vitamin E, known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and (4) Vitamin C the ever famous on most sought skincare ingredient because of skin benefitting properties. An antioxidant that protects skin cells from damaging free radicals most commonly caused by exposure to UV rays. With all these being mentioned, are you planning to have your pasta filled with marinara sauce tonight? Count us in!
Tomatoes help remove dead skin cells
Exfoliate once or twice a week, this skincare habit is indeed needed in order to remove the dead skin cells caused by exposure to varieties of environmental aggressors. Looking for a healthier way to do it so? Did you know that enzymes in tomatoes mildly exfoliate the skin by simply removing the top layer of dead skin cells? Yep! And how prepared are you now in your DIY tomato body scrub? Preparation is as easy as 1-2-3. To create, just combine sugar and mashed up tomatoes. But in as much as you want to use it on your face, we highly suggest using it on your body instead. The skin in your face is extra sensitive and could get easily irritated by sugar granules.
Tomatoes oozing with anti-aging properties
There’s more to list, did you know that tomato is oozing with B Vitamins – this vitamin then plays a big role in making sure the body’s cells are functioning properly. It does it works by helping the body convert food into energy, creating new blood cells, and maintaining healthy skin cells. B vitamins found in tomatoes include Vitamin B-1, B-3, B-5, B-6, and B-9. These vitamins are believed to have anti-aging properties that may help visible signs of skin aging such as age spots, wrinkles, and fine lines. You are what you eat, they say. Consuming tomatoes may help your body get more of these vitamins which in turn may be beneficial for your skin.
How about the idea of making a tomato facial wash? Just make a paste using a tomato pulp and mashed avocado. Rub gently all over the face for a minute and rinse off with lukewarm water.
Tomatoes protect skin from free radicals
Tomatoes are of big help in fighting cellular damage. Lycopene content of tomato is perhaps what makes your best companion in combating damages caused by free radicals. Lycopene being a potent antioxidant is essential for skin health. According to Dr. Adarsh Vijay Mudgil, M.D., Dermatologist and founder of Mudgil Dermatology, lycopene, a major carotenoid found in tomatoes protective nature includes guarding the skin against DNA damage and helps promote collagen breakdown which may lead to firmer, more youthful-looking skin over time. Consuming the wonder fruit indeed brings well not just to your overall well-being but also to your skin. A tomato mask sounds good to but there are not enough study that would tell that just topical application alone could help you reap off all its antioxidant properties.
Tomatoes help brighten skin
If you are one with those who do not follow a good skincare routine, you might as well notice that skipping sunscreen may lead to skin looking dull and uneven. According to Dr. Devika Icecreamwala, M.D., board-certified dermatologist, the lycopene content of tomatoes actually helps protects the skin from sun damage. Sunscreen is still advisable but you can reap off a little extra protection from using tomato extract. In addressing your uneven and dull skin, tomatoes being rich in Vitamin C and E got you on that matter. How does the tomato mask sound to you then? The step is as easy as 1-2-3. Extract the juice of one tomato in a bowl and add up a tiny amount of turmeric powder along with enough sandalwood powder in order to form a paste. Apply on your face and wait until it dries off. Hep! Do not forget to rinse off!
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