Tuesday, 19 February 2013

The truth about TOMATOES!

Hola Chic@s!

I hope you are all doing great.  

I want to write a post today about the cosmetic benefits of Tomatoes. Now most people would look at tomatoes and not think about the endless list of beauty benefits this powerful little fruit has to offer! Whether it's to help soothe sunburn, reduce the size of pores, or get back glowing skin, tomatoes are incredibly beneficial in home made remedies. 

Tomatoes naturally contain a substance called lycopene. This is an antioxidant which helps to keep the skin healthy and work as sunscreen from the inside. You do need to still wear a sun screen, however, but tomatoes help to provide extra protection against those damaging rays! The lycopene works as an anti-ageing agent and can prevent the reddening of the skin. 

If you are a sufferer of acne and have tried endless acne treatments, try giving tomatoes a go. Most acne treatments are full of Vitamin A and Vitamin C, tomatoes are naturally rich in both of these properties, including Vitamin K. A great acne treatment is to cut a tomato in half and apply the inside half to your face, working in gentle circular motions.
You can also do this treatment to help with oily skin. Again cut a tomato in half and place the inside half face down in sugar. Coat the entire side and then apply in a (very) gentle circular motion to your face. The sugar will buff excess sebum from your skin (this is the stuff that is responsible for keeping your skin and hair hydrated, but sometimes your skin can produce too much which causes an oily build up!). And then wash it off and moisturise as normal. Your skin should be left feeling fresh and smooth.

Tomatoes are a saviour for those with sunburn. Here in Buenos Aires, we are experiencing a wonderfully hot summer but I can't help but notice how many people suffer from sun burn because of the extreme heat. Luckily for me, I have a high amount of melanin in my skin which helps protect me from burning and darkens my natural tan. However, if you do suffer from sub=n burn, then a tomato could be your saviour! Just crush half a tomato and add a few spoons of plain, natural yoghurt. Mix this together and apply wherever your skin has burned. The tomato neutralises the surface of the skin and cools the burning sensation, whilst the yoghurt rehydrates  the skin and help prevent pealing!

And remember to try and eat tomatoes as often as you can!

Let me know if you give anything a try and I'll be back soon with another post.

Lots of love,

P.S. Sorry for a no picture post, I ate the last of my tomatoes today!