Did you ever imagine that tomato is a powerhouse of nutritional benefits? Tomato is a fruit that is also considered a vegetable, it is extensively used in making a wide variety of dishes. It is consumed in diverse ways, including raw, as an ingredient in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes and also for snacks, sauces, salads, drinks, sandwiches and pizzas.
Whether you refer to it as a fruit or a vegetable, there is no doubt it is a nutrient-dense, super food that most people should consume more of it. Tomato is known to be abundant with a very important component known as Lycopene, which is a very powerful antioxidant. Lycopene is responsible for the color of the tomato itself and is a very good cancer weapon. It also plays a role in preventing chronic heart diseases and deliver other health benefits. Beyond cooking, tomato can be used in a number of ways to enhance your beauty. It is considered to be the panacea of skin. Let’s look at how the humble tomato can be our friend in quest for looking younger and healthier.
Fight cellular damage to prevent signs of aging
It is recommended to have at least 16mg of lycopene per day as they reduce the number of free radicals in the body and also help to retain the moisture in people who are used to sitting in air- conditioned environments. It fights cellular damage and reddening of the skin, thus preventing fine lines and wrinkles. This property of tomato makes it an amazing anti-aging product. It provides an amazing natural skin treatment that can make the skin look younger and healthy with less effort. Lycopene also appears to strengthen the skin by inhibiting the activity of the enzyme involved in the breakdown of collagen in the skin-collagenases, collagen helps ensure the firmness and elasticity of your skin and prevent wrinkling.
If you have oily skin and struggle to keep your face from shinning like a fried fish, tomato is the solution to your agony. Make a little cucumber juice and add it to the tomato juice, apply this juice with a cotton ball daily to control excessive oiliness and acne. The astringent properties of tomato make it an excellent choice for combination skin. A tomato and avocado mask works wonders on combination skin because tomato works as an astringent as well as a blackhead and oil-reducing agent while avocado have an antiseptic and moisturizing effect. This combination helps soothes the skin and as well gives a glowing complexion. Apply this pack and wash off after 30 minutes with lukewarm water.
Act as natural sunscreen and prevent sunburn
Lycopene, present in tomato is considered as the most potent antioxidant of the carotenoids. It acts a natural sunscreen i.e. it helps to protect the skin against harsh UV rays. Sunburn can also be treated by applying tomato on the affected parts. Mix 2 teaspoons of tomato with 1 teaspoon of yogurt and apply on the affected part. Wash it off after 20 minutes. Tomato cools the skin and neutralizes the surface while yogurt provides a protein boost to make the skin soft and supple.
Smooth and Glowing skin
Tomato is very rich in vitamin C which helps in even skin tone. Mix honey with tomato juice to make a thick paste. Apply on your face and wash it off after 15 minutes to get a smooth and glowing skin.
Shrink big pores and heal acne
Big pores provide easy access to dirt thus increasing the chances of infecting the pore. Add 4 drops of lime juice to tomato juice and apply on your face to shrink pore. Tomato is rich in vitamin A, C and K, which are used to treat acne. The acidity in tomato also helps in reducing and clearing up your acne. If you have mild acne, cut a tomato into half and apply the inside on your face. For severe acne, mash a fresh tomato and use the pulp on your face, leave it on for 45 minutes and rinse it off. Do this on a regular basis and your acne is bound to dry off soon.
Remove dead skin cells and protect the body from toxins effects
Tomato can greatly help to remove dead skin cells. Grind tomato with the seeds and add 1 teaspoon of sugar to it. Gently scrub your face with it to get a clean and fresh looking skin. Tomato help protect the body against the effects of toxins, especially aflatoxins and cadmium, which is found in cigarette smoke and frequently in air pollution.
See, tomato is the bomb! It is food for the body and the skin at the same time, so why not make it a habit of having tomato in your daily meal. Cooking tomato makes it easier for the body to absorb the lycopene they contain.
You don’t need to spend your hard-earned money on expensive cosmetic treatments if you follow these simple steps to get healthy looking skin.