If you want to try one DIY mask (face or hair) with a guaranteed result, bet on the tomato. So does actress Athiya Shetty who, interviewed by Tips Clear India, admitted to making natural beauty masks based on this vegetable since she was a child.
On the other hand, tomatoes are a concentrate of antioxidants. Starting from carotenoids (the pigment that gives a fruit its primary color), tomatoes are enhanced with alpha and beta-carotene, lutein and lycopene. Each of these antioxidants helps the skin maintain hydration and elasticity. In fact, our body converts beta carotene into vitamin A (retinol), a common ingredient found in anti-aging products. Not only that: with theaging the production of collagen begins to decrease, which in turn leads to the appearance of wrinkles. Tomatoes increase the natural production of collagen, replenish the skin and reduce wrinkles. In addition, they improve the tone and color of the skin and reduce the stains. Lycopene also has a myriad of benefits, from calming inflamed skin to protecting it from damage free radicals.
Tomatoes also have the ability to defend themselves from UV radiation. In addition, those who suffer from dry skin will find relief in the tomato that has properties astringents (like a toner) but leaves the skin hydrated. Regular use of tomato extract on the scalp then increases blood circulation and promotes hair growth. Without forgetting that it can reduce impurities and the dandruff. One of the biggest advantages of putting juice in your hair is to add a shiny look to tired and dry locks.
Here’s how to use tomatoes in 5 beauty recipes for skin and hair care
1) Facial scrub with tomato and sugar
Cut a tomato, extract the juice, then add a few tablespoons of sugar. Use this mixture as a DIY scrub. Sugar scrubs help in two ways: grains can exfoliate the skin, and secondly, sugar is a natural source of alpha hydroxy acids, which dissolve the connections between dead skin cells to exfoliate them. Tomatoes also minimize theinflammation skin and help the skin to be radiant.
2) Do-it-yourself tomato face mask for acne reduction
Mash a tomato with an avocado and mix. The mixture obtained is ideal for remove impurities from the pores. Apply it freely all over your face and let it rest for about 20-30 minutes before rinsing. Tomato helps remove sebum while avocado offers antiseptic and moisturizing properties. If deep cleansing is what you are looking for, let the mixture work for about 45 minutes.
3) Illuminating mask for the skin
Blend half a teaspoon of turmeric powder with a spoonful of yogurt and tomato pulp. Then, apply this mixture on the face for about 15 minutes. Tomatoes will help to shrink pores, while turmeric will take care of small inflammations making the skin smooth and perfect.
4) Tomato hair conditioner
Warm climates, pollution and chemical hair treatments can minimize hair hydration. Then blend two ripe tomatoes in a mixer and add two tablespoons of honey to the mixture. Stir until it takes on a thick consistency. Apply the mixture on the hair and cover the lengths with a shower cap to penetrate the active ingredients and rinse with a mild shampoo after 30 minutes to say goodbye to dull and damaged hair.
5) DIY mask to promote hair growth
Take two tablespoons of castor oil and a ripe tomato to start. Put everything in the blender until you get a smooth paste. Then, apply the mixture on the scalp and start massaging. Let it rest for an hour. Wash it off with a mild shampoo and conditioner. Repeat this twice a week for the desired results.