We normally encounter tomatoes on our plates. As a food, tomatoes are packed full of benefits – they contain vitamins A, B, C, and E, as well as iron, potassium, carbohydrates, water and fibre. Such benefits help reduce the risk of heart problems; restore liver function; treat digestive problems; increase men’s sperm count; relieve fatigue and even tackle obesity.
Tomatoes also contain lycopene. Lycopene helps fight against free radicals which we encounter daily due to pollution – and even more if we smoke or are around cigarette smoke. Lycopene helps protect the cells against damage that can cause various forms of cancer, including cervix cancer and prostrate cancers and skin cancer.
But the benefits of tomatoes aren’t just gained through internal consumption: tomatoes may contain anti-aging properties, making them a fantastic ingredient option for skincare. Many products use them as a basic ingredient. Consider doing a tomato face mask: this mask can help treat blackheads and revitalize the skin. Due to the astringent nature of the tomato mask, it’s a great skincare procedure for oily skin, helping to clear up pores and clear off excess oil.
There are many recipes out there for you to make your own homemade mask, but there are also lots of pre-made tomato masks on the market that are worth a try.
*Note: Not recommended for sensitive skin or skin with acne – the acids in tomatoes may aggravate sensitive conditions, while the removal of the mask may cause pain on acne.