Tanning can lower your confidence as you come across annoying comments like, “you look darker today, what’s wrong” or “what happened to your ever-glowing bright face”! Sun tanning or tanning of any other form can be damaging to the skin, and prolonged exposure to Sun’s UV rays can cause skin cancer as well.
While laser treatments, expensive cosmetics and creams, promise you of lightened and ‘de-tanned’ skin, we recommend everyone to go the natural way! Grandma’s homemade recipes will work on your skin like magic, and we swear by that.
Trust us; you will not even have to shell out a lot of money, as the primary ingredient we will tell you about is something you will ALWAYS find in your kitchen. We are talking about TOMATOES, people! When used as a face mask, it can do wonders to your skin. Read on to know how.
Skin benefits of tomatoes
Reduce open pores
On massaging tomato juice on your face mixed with a li’l water every day, your open pores will shrink eventually for sure, giving you beautiful skin instantly.
Tomatoes have astringent as well as cooling properties that not only control the excess oil on your face, but also soothes skin inflammation simultaneously. All of this also work to prevent development of pimples or acne. Simply mash a tomato and reduce it to a pulp, and apply it evenly on your face regularly.
Gives you oil-free skin
Tomato juice mixed with cucumber juice when applied on the face with the help of a cotton ball relaxes your skin and drives out the excess sebum production in your skin, thus keeping your face oil-free and acne/pimple free too!
Prevent signs of aging
Tomatoes work to delay the skin’s signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, blemishes, dark circles and more by fighting the free radicals in the body. It has the power to make your skin absorb the oxygen thus preventing the appearance of such skin aging signs.
Enhances your complexion
Tomatoes are a powerhouse of vitamins C and A, which work like magic to bring back life to dull skin. You can mix tomato juice with honey, and apply the mask on your face every day to see quick results. They act like natural bleaching agents to lighten your skin tone.
This is a tried-and-tested experiment since ages, whereby you have to cut a whole tomato into half and press it against your blackheads. Leave it on for a while and then rinse it off with cold water. Doing this regularly will help you bid goodbye to the ugly blackheads!
Cools your skin
If you are experiencing skin burns, dullness or skin irritation, simply mix tomato juice with yogurt and apply it on the affected parts. Rinse it off after leaving it for about 20 mins. It will instantly help your skin to cool down and shine bright like a diamond too.
Acts as a skin-shield
Tomatoes contain a nutrient called lycopene that proves to act as a shield against the harmful UV rays of the sun. Tomatoes when mixed with buttermilk helps to treat sunburns, and works to heal and sooth the same. They say, tomatoes act like a natural sunscreen!
Say bye to dead skin cells
Scrubbing your skin with a tomato half by sprinkling some sugar on it will help you get rid of dead skin cells. Say hello to fresh and rejuvenated skin!
Gives you glowing skin
Vitamin C is known to make your skin brighter, and tomatoes are loaded with the same. Simply rubbing halves of tomatoes on your skin every day will help you achieve gorgeous looking beautiful skin in no time!
Talking about eliminating tanning, we have many tomato-recipes of face packs and masks in mind that will help you solve the ‘tan’ problem!
Here are some easy-breezy DIYs for you
Now say no to tanning with the help of tomato face packs!
Tomato, oatmeal and curd face pack
Start by mashing a few tomatoes with the help of a fork or spoon and reduce them to a pulp. Now add a oatmeal (1 spoon) and curd (1 spoon) to the pulp, and mix them well. Now evenly apply this pack on your tanned face and neck. Let it sit for about 20 mins and then rinse off with cold water. Not only will the tan disappear, but you will also get glowing skin quickly when you use this pack at least thrice in a week.
Tomato, lemon and yogurt face pack
Squeeze out tomato juice from one half-cut tomato, and place it in a bowl. Add lemon juice (1 teaspoon), and unflavored yogurt (1 tablespoon) to it, and make a smooth paste out of the ingredients. Now apply the pack on your face and leave it for about 15 mins. Then wash your face with normal water. You can apply this daily or on every alternate day to see instant results.
Tomato and fuller’s earth face pack
Blend some tomato puree and fuller’s earth together until it becomes a paste of thick consistency. Now apply it on your face evenly and keep it on for about 15 mins until dry. Make sure you do not talk or make facial movements while the mask is on, lest wrinkles may appear. After 15 mins, wet your hands a li’l and using circular movements initially, rinse off the mask. It is highly efficient in removing blackheads as well.
Tomato, sandalwood and lemon face pack
First, using a blender, grind the tomatoes to make tomato juice. Now in a bowl, pour the tomato juice, add some lemon juice and sandalwood powder (1 tablespoon), and mix them together and make a medium consistency paste out of it. Evenly apply the paste on your face and neck and leave it on for about 15-20 mins. Wash off with cold water.
Tomato and milk face pack
In a bowl, mix mashed tomatoes and milk (2 tablespoons), and apply the mask evenly on your face. Leave it on for about five mins and wash off with cold water. You will notice an instant glow on your face!
Tomato and lemon juice face pack
Nothing works like lemon to get rid of the suntan! Mix lemon juice with tomato pulp, and apply it on your suntanned body parts including your face and neck. Leave it on until it dries naturally, and then rinse it off with cold water after initially scrubbing your skin a li’l by gently moving your wet hands in a circular motion.
Tomato, red lentil powder and aloe vera face pack
In a bowl, mix red lentil powder (1 tablespoon), Aloe Vera extract (1 teaspoon) and tomato juice (1 tablespoon). Make a smooth paste out of the ingredients. Apply it evenly on your face and skin, leave it on for about 30 mins and then rinse it off with cold water. Start by using this face pack every 2 days in the first week, and then twice a week from the 2nd
Tomato, lemon and gram flour face pack
Blend 2 chopped tomatoes in a grinder to make a smooth tomato paste. Now add about 9-10 drops of lemon juice, and gram flour (1 teaspoon) to it. Mix it well and then evenly apply the mask on your face. Let it sit for about 15 mins and then wash it off with cold water. Say hello to tan-free skin!
Tomato and turmeric face pack
In a bowl, mix tomato juice (1 tablespoon) and turmeric powder (1 teaspoon) together and apply the pack on your face and neck. Leave it on until it dries and then wash off with cold water. Do this regularly for at least 2 weeks and you will notice a visible difference in your skin.
Tomato, milk and aloe vera face pack
In a bowl, mix one tomato (finely cut and reduced to a fine paste by smashing it with a fork or fingers), with milk powder (1 tablespoon) or thick milk, and Aloe Vera (3 tablespoons). Now apply the mask on your tanned body parts and let it dry for the next 15-20 mins. The wash off with cold water. You can apply this pack at least 2 times in a week to see results!
We wish you will try these easy hacks at home in order to bid goodbye to the ruthless tan! Hope we have been able to help you. Thanks!