Hello dear people… ❤️❤️❤️
Welcome to the second post in the series, ‘Beauty Benefits of Common Fruits and Vegetables.‘ 🙂
Since we started this series with the most commonly eaten vegetable, i.e., potatoes… It would only make sense if the next post in this series is about the most commonly eaten fruit!
And well, what can it be? Any guesses?
Tomatoes, of course. 😀
(Well, technically a tomato is a fruit! So….. Sorry if you were expecting bananas! XP )
Today, we will be taking a look at how other than being an essential ingredient in most curries and sauces, tomatoes can also work like a magic ingredient for our skin and hair! So, let’s begin… ❤️
BEAUTY BENEFITS OF TOMATO
◾Tomatoes are power-packed with a lot of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Regular consumption of fresh tomato juice can boost digestion, detoxify the body, fight free radicals and in turn, keep the skin and hair healthy.
◾Tomatoes have astringent properties; topical application of tomato juice reduces oiliness and helps unclog and shrink large pores.
◾Tomatoes have anti-inflammatory properties and contain salicylic acid (a key ingredient in many anti-acne products) and thus, can help prevent/reduce acne and blackheads /whiteheads.
◾Tomatoes have mild bleaching properties which can help brighten the skin, lighten tan and fade away dark spots, acne scars and blemishes.
◾Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C which helps boost the production of collagen and improves skin elasticity.
◾Tomatoes also contain B-vitamins. These vitamins have anti-ageing properties and can prevent premature ageing/reduce signs of ageing.
◾Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, tomatoes can help soothe/reduce the redness and inflammation caused due to sunburns.
◾Applying tomato juice/pulp to scalp and hair can remove excess oil, reduce itching and help fight dandruff and bad odour.
◾Tomatoes contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which prevent hair from oxidative damage, nourish the hair and scalp, strengthen hair and boost hair growth.
◾Tomatoes also help condition the hair and make it smooth and shiny.
◾Applying tomato juice to hair and scalp is said to reduce the chlorine damage caused due to swimming in chlorine-treated pool water.
[Caution: If you have sensitive skin, please do a patch test before use. Do not use if you are allergic to tomatoes.]
SIMPLE DIY RECIPES:
- Hassle-Free Tomato Mask: Take 1 ripe tomato and cut it in half. Gently rub the halves on your face and neck for a few minutes. Leave it on for 15 mins. Then wash off with lukewarm water.
[Can be used Daily]
- Two-Ingredient Skin Brightening Mask: Take 1 small-sized ripe tomato and blend it into a puree. Add 1 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice and mix well. Apply the mixture on your face and leave it on for 15 mins. Then wash off with cold water.
[Can be used Daily]
- Two-Ingredient Hair Conditioning Mask: Take 2 medium-sized ripe tomatoes (or more, depending on your hair length) and blend it into a puree. Add 2-3 tbsp of honey and mix well. Apply the mixture on your scalp and hair. Put on a shower cap and leave it on for 25-30 mins. Rinse it off with cold water.
[Can be used Weekly]
◾You can also mix tomato juice/pulp with other commonly used beauty DIY ingredients like potato juice, aloe vera gel, cucumber juice, fuller’s earth, eggs, olive oil, etc., to create your own custom skin/hair masks!
That’s all for today! ❤️
I hope you found the post helpful…
Is there any common fruit or vegetable that you would like me to include in this series? Let me know in the comments below… 🙂