Tomato Face Mask.

So, there you have it – my method for a tomato face mask.  Is it worth the hassle?  That’s up to you to decide.  But, please remember, that using this mask won’t protect you against skin cancer.  It may help, however it will not replace sunscreen.  Cancer, like many other illnesses, is a very complicated process and the best thing you can do in order to help protect yourself is eat healthy food and exercise regularly.  Don’t be scared of what might never happen, live your life to the fullest you possibly can.


I recently watched a “DIY tomato facial scrub” video on youtube.  It was created by a very well known makeup guru 2 years ago (I know I am a bit behind the times), but I noticed a huge error in her method and so I was inspired to come up with a more effective method of using tomatoes for skin care. The makeup guru in question spent a lot of time explaining the benefits of lycopene (the active ingredient within tomatoes) but then simply doused a raw tomato in sugar and rubbed it all over her face.  This is a complete waste of time.  In fact, you’d be better off just throwing a bucket of water over your face! Why?  Because you must cook tomatoes first in order to release the lycopene. When raw, the lycopene in tomatoes is locked into the cells and therefore it is inaccessible.  When you cook tomatoes, you break down the cells and release the lycopene.Lycopene is beneficial for the skin because it has been scientifically shown to help protect against cancer.  It is therefore thought to help protect against harmful UV rays from the sun.  However, (and this is another error made by the youtube guru), simply rubbing lycopene all over your skin will be completely ineffective. Research has shown that lycopene alone will not protect against UV rays at all.  However, in the presence of vitamin E, the stability of the lycopene is increased and so it becomes more effective1. 
Tomato face mask, my way.Ingredients:4 tomatoes.1 capsule of vitamin E.Method:Place the tomatoes in a bowl of hot, but not boiling, water.Leave the tomatoes until the skin begins to split.After a while, you should be able to comfortably peel the skin from the tomatoes.  Place the peeled tomatoes into a pan and heat them on a low heat for 15 minutes.Remove from the heat and leave to cool.Take 1 capsule of vitamin E and pierce the capsule with a pin, squeeze the contents into the tomatoes.Mix the tomatoes well and massage onto your face. Rinse off.Top Tip: You can leave the pin in the vitamin E capsule if you don’t use all of the oil and it will act as a stopper so that you may use it another time.

So, there you have it – my method for a tomato face mask.  Is it worth the hassle?  T
hat’s up to you to decide.  But, please remember, that using this mask won’t protect you against skin cancer.  It may help, however it will not replace sunscreen.  Cancer, like many other illnesses, is a very complicated process and the best thing you can do in order to help protect yourself is eat healthy food and exercise regularly.  Don’t be scared of what might never happen, live your life to the fullest you possibly can.
References:1] Offord, E et al. Photoprotective function of lycopene, B-carotene, vitamin E, vitamin C and carnosic acid in UVA-irradated human skin fibroblasts.  Free radical biology and medicine. 2002. 32 (12) 1293-0303.

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