Wild Acne Tip of the Week

Happy February everyone!

 First and foremost: Monday morning’s meeting went fantastically, so woo-hoo for me. The forehead zit I’d been battling all weekend was mostly gone by the time I woke up, so it was a bit of concealer and off to work. Yes, I nailed my presentation. I believe a promotion is in order… let’s see what the boss thinks, shall we?

 Anyhow, I took a very pregnant gal pal to a doctor’s appointment after work today, and while I was waiting, I came across a fantastic article in a beauty magazine with a tip that I can not wait to try!

 Lycopene (the super nutrient found in tomatoes, both fresh and canned) has been touted as one of the greatest discoveries in the food world of the 21st century. Here’s the best part: those delectable ‘matoes can pull double duty.

 Start by incorporating more of them into your diet. Eating more Lycopene actually helps ward off oncoming breakouts by reducing redness and inflammation. It also helps keep your pores clear. (Seriously) Raw tomatoes are great, but for an even better boost, try dicing a large fresh tomato and sautéing it in some olive oil (I plan on adding some garlic, onion, and a little fresh parsley) since heating up the delightful veggie makes the nutrients more absorbable by your body. Forget dinner and a movie… how about pasta and clear skin, instead?

 Next, you can make a weekly tomato facial masque that helps maintain your skin as a no blemish zone. It sounds pretty darned easy, too: Thinly slice half of a tomato, and place the slices directly on your face. Let them sit for about 10 to 15 minutes, allowing all those juices to seep in. Follow up by taking the other half and rubbing it in small circles all over your face. Rinse with warm water, and pat dry.

 Apparently, the Lycopene will unclog your pores, while the tomato acts as a natural astringent— eliminating the bacteria that can lead to breakouts, without drying your skin.

 So, what do you guys think?


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