Yep. You read that right. Who would have thought a humble tomato can actually have more use to it than flavoring food? The thing about DIY scrubs is that you get to keep your skin looking fresh while still enjoying nutritious ingredients that are found in many beauty products. If you aren’t addicted to homemade facial scrubs, then this tomato scrub is going to be your welcoming party to the bandwagon.
You’ll love the simplicity, affordability and skin benefits that come with a tomato sugar scrub. Are you ready?
You will need;
1tbsp of sugar
Make several thin slices of your tomato. Wash your face with warm water to open up the pores. Leave your skin a little damp. Take a tomato slice and twist it into the sugar.
Begin gently scrubbing in a circular motion starting from your forehead heading downwards to your neck. Avoid the area under your eyes as well as eyelids as skin here can be very sensitive.
Leave the scrub on for 10 to 15 minutes then wipe off using a warm cloth. Wash your face with cold water to lock the pores and then pat yourself dry using a towel.
I steamed my face first to open my pores and left it damp before applying the scrub. The tomatoes gave me such a wondrous cooling effect, that I felt my toes curl. Almost like it was a natural reflex.
The scrub was dry within 10 minutes, but I left it on longer just to ensure all the nutrients sank in. I was convinced I was a whole other person after washing my face. My skin felt smoother and silkier. It also looked less tired, whiter and brighter.
I’d definitely use this scrub again. However, it was less hydrating than my DIY Cucumber Scrub. I used coconut oil after washing off this scrub because my skin felt a bit dry.
Skin Benefits Of A DIY Tomato Scrub
Tomatoes are like a minefield of goodness when it comes to skin benefits.
They’re rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that’s responsible for its rich red colour. Vitamins A & C plus lycopene shrink the pore size, cleansing skin greatly. This helps prevent acne. The citrus content in tomatoes is a natural bleaching agent. This explains why my skin had a visible glow after applying this scrub.
B-vitamins and Magnesium slow down the aging process and promote youthful radiant skin.
Sugar scrubs the dead cells revealing fresher skin that looks polished.
It’s important to exfoliate your skin at least once a week. Exfoliation increases blood flow which promotes a youthful appearance. If you ignore this, your skin ends up looking sluggish, rough to touch and is uneven in colour.
Homemade Tomato Scrub Tips
-Brown sugar is a great substitute to white sugar although the latter works just as well
-Never use intense exfoliators more than once a week
-It’s called a ‘scrub’, but at no point ever should you vigorously apply DIY scrubs on your skin.
-If you experience a slight tingle, relish it. However, if your skin feels irritated after that wash off the scrub immediately.
I thoroughly enjoyed the effect this tomato scrub brought. It’s inexpensive, readily available and so easy to make. This is one fruit/vegetable that’s almost always sitting in our kitchens. Some say tomato and others say tomaro, but one thing both can agree on is that this little red fella has huge skin benefits.
(Photos taken using LG Nexus 5)