This might come as a surprise to you, as it did for me. Tomato is not only a great salad addition but it also works wonders on your skin. So ditch the overpriced chemical filled store-bought beauty products and make this all natural non-toxic facial cleanser. It’s very simple and it won’t take a lot of time to make. As always, remember that if I can do it, you can do it yourself!
So, do you want to know the reasons why you should put tomato on your face? I will give you a few.
Tomato is rich in vitamins A, C and K and is filled with antioxidants, specially lycopene. It reduces free radicals on the skin, ridding the body of unwanted toxins (say no to cellular damage!). Tomatoes have anti aging benefits, since they stimulate the formation of collagen, making wrinkles look less noticeable. This fruit also diminishes skin irritation caused by mild blemishes and severe acne, or by sun exposure as it cools and lightens the skin, decreasing reddening. Additionally, the tomato has astringent properties, removing excess oil and tightening large pores. And if all of that wasn’t enough it also helps to balance the skin, regulating the ph levels. Awesome, right?
Tomato is not the only ingredient going into your new beauty product. It also contains castor oil, olive oil and sea salt. Sea salt is a natural exfoliator and detoxifier. It removes dirt and dead skin cells. Filled with minerals, this kind of salt is also known to help with skin conditions like eczema.
Now onto the oils. How can you clean your face with oil? Well, oil dissolves oil, it’s chemestry! The castor and olive oil combination will dissolve all of the hardened impurities. And if you need two more reasons (or excuses!): it’s low cost and has no long-term side effects, which cannot be said about the scary ingredients in your regular cleanser. Just give it a try.
- up to 2 tablespoons sea salt
- ½ tablespoon olive oil
- ½ tablespoon castor oil
- ½ small to medium tomato or ¼ large tomato
- Apply the cleanser on the skin, massaging it gently.
- For maximum benefit leave it on for at least 15 minutes (optional).
- Wash it off with warm water and a wash cloth.
- For a softer scrub use only 1 tablespoon of sea salt or less. If you would like a more coarse scrub, add the sea salt until your desired consistency, up to 2 tablespoons.
- You can also adjust your oil ratio. Castor oil can be too drying for some people. Instead you could use two teaspoons of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of castor oil. I personally I like the 50/50 combination.
- If using tomato, store it in the refrigerator.
- Give your skin some time to adjust to the oil cleansing method. It is normal to notice some breakouts as the toxins and impurities leave the skin.
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If you want a head start, and/or you just need a cute container to store the cleanser, stop by the Te Amo Too Shop and get the Tomato Exfoliating Facial Cleanser. The only thing you need to do when the package arrives is add the fruit or vegetable! The recipe and directions will be in the container, for easy access. And it accompanies a wash cloth.