If you had a penny for every time your mom or grandma told you to eat your vegetables when you were a kid, you’d probably be filthy rich by now. What they didn’t tell you back then, was that some veggies- when applied directly to your skin- can almost miraculously give you that flawlessly smooth and supple skin models would kill for. From the plethora of wonder fruits and veggies, the combination which proves to be good for your skin is the lemon and tomato.
Tomatoes are naturally rich in Lycopene- a phytochemical which not only gives the tomato its red color, but also acts as an antioxidant which slows down the process of skin aging. Combine this with lemon juice which is rich in Vitamins A and C, and you’ve got a power product for your skin. This marriage between antioxidants and vitamins- and not that cute hunk around the block- is responsible for that rosy glow on your skin. They help exfoliate your skin, and get rid of unflattering dead skin cells.
Other than a diet rich in fruits and veggies, you can push your pimple-fighting regimen along with this lemon-tomato face rub: sprinkle some lemon juice on a few slices of tomato, and cool inside the fridge for at least 30 minutes. After rinsing your face and neck with plain water, dab it dry and then rub the tomato slices on your skin. Leave the tomato-lemon rub on your skin for fifteen minutes, then rinse and pat dry. You should begin to see results in a week. If the lemon juice irritates your skin, you can sprinkle less on the tomatoes.
Lemon itself is is good in killing bacteria, add a bit of honey and your skin will get a good moisturized look in no time. To do this, you’ll need one tablespoon of lemon juice squeezed in a bowl wit one table spoon of honey applied to your face and left for like 10 to 15 minutes. Get a warm wash cloth to remove the the mask (lemon-honey combo) by wiping it off.
Another recommended home-remedy concoction for the face is the tomato-sugar scrub. To do this, slice off a tomato and sprinkle with about 2-3 tablespoons of sugar. Scrub this all over your face giving more attention on any troubled spots that need extra exfoliation. Leave this on your face/neck for about 10 minutes and then rinse off with warm water then towel dry.
Whatever the reason for your breakouts- humidity or hormones- the key to fighting those blemishes is in prevention. You can keep breakouts at bay with a cheaper alternative to skin care, such as this lemon tomato combo. Caring for your skin need not burn a hole in your wallet. With a few ingredients in your kitchen, you can greatly improve the condition of your skin.