Mother Nature knows what we need and when. This helps our skin because she supports our wellness with her seasonal offerings.
Mother Nature produces beautiful tomatoes in summer when the sun is strongest.
Tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps provide UV protection for your skin.
In folk medicine, tomatoes are also helpful for acne. The lycopene's antioxidant function may effect unbalanced hormones in a study published in NCBI.
I do not recommend putting tomatoes directly on your skin for acne as some blogs say. Tomatoes are acidic; some are grown with chemicals; either way, these can cause irritation.
Instead, use a well-formulated organic product with tomato extracts, like the Clear Skin Exfoliating Peel
Gentle salicylic acid removes surface impurities and dirt from the skin, allowing the biosulphur and tomato extract to help balance sebum. Willow bark calms the look of skin while lilac and azelaic acid help to reduce the appearance of redness and inflammation. The peel reduces pore size and skin is left feeling clear, smooth and revitalized.
Picture by me of my Bay Ridge CSA haul. Tomatoes from Hearty Roots Farm, NY.
Do you like tomatoes? Got an easy summer recipe? Have you seen this food help your skin? Have skin care or facial questions? Leave a comment below.