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Tomato is a staple fruit found in every kitchen. While many can name a number of dishes prepared with tomatoes, only a few are aware of the cosmetic value of this fruit.

Tomatoes have high potassium and vitamin C contents; these have the ability to transform the dullest skins and ensure a healthy, smooth and youthful skin. Tomatoes also contain lycopene, which is an antioxidant that helps fight free radicals in the body. To enjoy the full benefits of this fruit, it should be used in cooking and daily skincare.

In case you don’t know, here are five cosmetic uses of tomatoes:

A Natural Sunscreen and Treatment for Sunburns

Various studies have shown that tomato contains an antioxidant called lycopene which acts as a natural sunscreen. Daily consumption of tomatoes provides the body with lycopene. This reduces dryness and increases the skin’s natural sun protection from harsh ultraviolet rays. What’s more sunburnt skin can also be treated with tomato. Applying it to affected body parts soothes the skin and helps make it soft and supple again.

Fights Acne and Remove Blackheads

I can testify to the fact that tomatoes contain antibacterial properties that can cleanse the skin of impurities. Before I discovered the wonder of natural skincare products, I was always in and out of cosmetic shops looking for products that could help me in the treatment of acne and blackheads. Then a friend introduced me to tomatoes. When I started using it regularly, my acne reduced. The dark spots on my face are gradually fading away. Tomatoes are rich in Vitamins A, C and K which are commonly found in a lot of acne medicines. Thus, if you’re in search of a natural product that can help you in the treatment of acne and blackhead, go for tomatoes. It’s a slow but sure remedy for acne and blackheads.

A Natural Astringent

An astringent helps to clear out excess oils and unclog the pores. Scientists extol the wonders of tomatoes as a natural skin cleanser. They claim that the acids in tomato juice are super for softening and cleaning any type of skin. When tomato juice is applied on the face, it controls the oil by deep-cleaning the skin. It also shrinks big pores that provide easy access to dirt.

Prevents Signs of Aging

Unbeknown to many, tomatoes contain anti-aging properties. The rich supply of lycopene found in tomatoes is allegedly capable of strengthening the skin by inhibiting the activity of collagenases. It is believed that the anti-oxidants in tomatoes aids the skin in oxygen absorption and prevent the signs of aging. So, if you’re looking for an amazing natural beauty treatment that can keep your skin looking healthy and younger, go for tomatoes.

Glowing Skin

Want a healthy, glowing skin on a budget? The perfect product is right in your kitchen. The Vitamin C in tomatoes supposedly has a revivifying effect on your skin. Research findings indicate that tomatoes contain properties that can lighten and tighten the skin and even help you achieve an even skin tone.

In summary, my people, tomatoes can help us achieve a healthy, youthful and glowing skin if we make it part of our daily diet and skincare routine.


Indian Times

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Kumutha, “7 Surprising Ways To Use Tomatoes For Clear Glowing Skin,” Boldsky, Accessed 16th January, 2019

Michelle Schoffro Cook, “8 Ways Tomatoes Are an Anti-Aging Superfood,”EcoWatch, Accessed 16th January 2019

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This article was first published on 31st January 2019


Udevi, Obiamaka Angela holds a Master of Arts degree in History & International Studies. She's a freelance writer with a passion for food and healthy living. She can be contacted through her email address,

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8 thoughts on “Did You Know? Tomato is a Great Skincare Product”

  • I never knew I have been missing out something.. Thanks very much for this wonderful information… I think I will give it a trial.

  • You’re Welcome, Dear.

  • I’ll definitely try to see if tomatoes can clear my dark spots.

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