Natural Facial Scrub
Scrubs are essential – they remove dead cells and dirt from the surface of the skin, leaving it smoother and much more beautiful. There’s no need to purchase a commercially-manufactured scrub – everything that you need is found in your kitchen. Plus, DIY scrubs are free from chemicals and packed with essential nutrients that nourish the skin.
A natural scrub is easy to make and much more efficient than the store-bought varieties. You will need just one basic ingredient – a delicious, ripe tomato. The tomato contains essential antioxidants and lycopene, which plays a crucial role in skin health.
How Lycopene Affects Your Skin
Lycopene is one unique natural substance that can protect the skin against the harmful effects of UV light and reduce the prominence of wrinkles.
Eating tomato salads on a regular basis is a great possibility for giving your body enough lycopene but the tomato juice could also be applied topically for better results.
On top of protecting your skin against harmful influences, lycopene can shrink the size of your pores and reduce the prominence of acne thus, due to its astringent properties, tomatoes are great for oily skin as they remove all excess oil.
Tomatoes are also a wonderful source of vitamin C, which gives the skin a healthy glow.
What to Expect:
Since tomatoes contain vitamin C, they could cause some redness immediately after application. The redness should go away relatively fast.
You will notice your skin looking cleaner and a lot healthier after the use of the tomato scrub. You should have a beautiful, even complexion and your pores would look tighter. Since tomatoes contain vitamin C, they can be used for the reduction of dark spots and scars. With long-term use, you will notice them decrease and disappear. I just love using this as a pack to help boost my skin’s complexion and to help fight acne and acne scars!
A Few Additional Tips:
After making and applying the tomato and sugar mix, make sure that it stays on your face for at least 15 minutes before rinsing with cool water. You may want to do a spot test first, if you want to make sure that your skin isn’t sensitive to tomato juice.
If you find the sugar crystals dissolving, swirl the tomato in the remaining sugar and continue massaging until you have used most of the tomato juice. If you have some of the scrub left over, you may consider using it on your hands.
Ladies that have dry skin should moisturize properly after using the natural scrub to get the pH level back. Those that have a combination of oily skin will notice how the tomato will regulate sebum production and decrease the shine.
- One third tomato cut from the top (with the stem part)
- A tablespoon of sugar (for the scrub)
① Slice the tomato up and keep the end slice (where the stem grows from) to use as your scrubbing pad.
② Place the pad on the sugar to get an ample amount of sugar onto the tomato.
③ Here’s where it’ll get messy. Take the tomato and start gently rubbing it on your (clean) face in circular motions. It’s best to do this over a sink to prevent the sugar from falling everywhere.
④ Now, gently scrub the tomato scrub about 2 or 3 minutes. Moreover, after you are done scrubbing you can either wash it off and call it a day or you can keep it on as a mask for 15 minutes.
Either you wash off the sugar and then re-apply the tomato juice to your skin and leave it on, or you can keep both the sugar and tomato juice on your face.
⑤ After 15 minutes you’ll notice that you’re starting to turn red, which is the effect of the beta-carotene in the tomato.
This is completely fine as the beta-carotene helps protect your skin from the sun and the tomato’s vitamins are being absorbed into your skin. Now you can wash it off and follow through with your regular cleansing and moisturizing routine.