Skin Superfood: Tomatoes

Is it just me, or does it seem like every other news story lately is about a food that’s bad for you? Lay off red meat! (But make sure you’re getting lots of protein) Chocolate is good for you! (But only if it’s dark) Tsk tsk, you’re still drinking coffee? Don’t you know all the cool people have moved on to green tea? And depending on the day of the week, carbs are either the food of the gods or the spawn of Satan himself.

And don’t even get me started on the vegans. (Hey, if that’s what tickles your pickle then more power to you, but personally I didn’t claw my way to the top of the food chain just to survive on a diet of wheat grass and tofu hot dogs)

So with everyone telling me that my favorite foods have all turned toxic, it’s good to know that one thing I love is actually still really good for me: tomatoes. What’s more, it turns out that these tasty treats are also good for clearing up your complexion.

 Tomatoes are chock a block full of something called lycopene which, as it turns out, is like an antioxidant on steroids. So, needless to say, adding more tomatoes to your diet will help you maintain that healthy glow. Plus, these fabulous fruits (tomatoes are still a fruit, right? I grew up thinking that they were a vegetable, and then someone pulled the switch on me years ago. Hopefully that hasn’t changed yet) are naturally acidic, which helps balance your skin and gets rid of excessive oil.

 Skin care and cosmetic companies are all cashing in on the tomato craze of late too, with tomato based facial scrubs, cleansers, and lotions. But you don’t need to drop a bunch of cash to reap the benefits of lycopene.

 For a facial treat that will leave both your complexion and your pocketbook a little happier, try this quick homemade scrub once a week:

 Cut a thick slice off of a tomato, using the stem as a handle. Sprinkle about 2-3 tablespoons of sugar on a plate and dip the tomato slice into it. (The sugar will help brighten a dull complexion while the tomato goes to work on your blemishes) Scrub the sugar dipped tomato slice all over your face, concentrating on trouble spots or any areas that could use extra exfoliation. Leave the mixture on your face for about 10 minutes to let all of that Vitamin C and other goodies soak into your skin. Finally, rinse with cool water and pat your face dry.

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