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The Tomato: Fruit, vegetable or the perfect face cleanser?

I know it was a nightmare for our mothers to make us eat our fruits and vegetables, but now we won’t mind.  Tomatoes aren’t just nutrition for the body, but they do wonders for the skin as well.

The Spanish thought tomatoes were poisonous when they arrived to the Americas. They took some to Europe,
and the French loved them because they thought they were an aphrodisiac (you know, to put people in a certain mood…oh la la!). Thankfully, we know better. Tomatoes are packed with antioxidants.  They contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, that is mostly just found in tomatoes.  Lycopene helps prevent cancer.
                 
Is it a fruit or is it a vegetable can be questioned, but there is no denying the health benefits to tomatoes. They contain Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and Potassium. Studies have shown eating tomatoes regularly helps fight and prevent cardiovascular diseases. Their properties also benefit the skin. The high levels of lycopene give the skin the ability to protect itself from the harmful UV rays. They are also great for people with oily and acne prone skin.
                 
It is common to use tomatoes as natural facial scrubs and mask. Tomatoes are acidic and are great at drying up pimples and disinfecting the skin. They make skin soft and smooth for all skin types. They are gentle to use but are not recommended for sensitive skin because of the acid.
 
Face Cleanser:
1 tomato
1 old t-shirt (it’s going to get messy)
 
                 
Slice a small piece of tomato and use the piece of tomato you just sliced. Rub the slice all over your face making sure to use the fleshy juicy side against your skin. Remember to avoid the eye area. After gently massaging the tomato juice and flesh into your skin, leave this on for a few minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
 
Whether they are eaten in a salad or applied to the face, tomatoes bring a little sunshine. It’s all about being healthy. So eat and be beautiful inside and out!

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