All too often, the herbal remedies and skincare products that people extol are either expensive or difficult to obtain – or both. At some point or another we are told that every obscure spice, herb, berry, or animal product carries a strong and unique health benefit. These products can certainly be beneficial and worthwhile; but, when they sound like something out of Harry Potter, there’s often little incentive to incorporate them into your daily routine.
Which is why one skincare product is particularly noteworthy (and unique) simply by virtue of its universality: the tomato. Yes, the tomato. That red fruit that you’ve probably eaten recently and have sitting in your fridge can make your skim clearer, cleaner, and more youthful in appearance. Specifically, cooked tomatoes contain concentrated levels of lycopene, a chemical that can counter the effects of UV rays and keep your skin healthy. The chemical is found in raw tomatoes as well, but its levels and benefits are far higher when the fruit is cooked.
Using cooked tomatoes to add concentrated lycopene to your body is a great, natural way to counter the effects of aging skin and smooth out wrinkles. It also works well for younger consumers who are wondering what is acne and looking for ways to deal with pimples, zits, and dry patches of skin.
Cooked tomato can be applied topically – just mix its pulp with lime, avocado, or yogurt to create a facial mask. This approach can go a long way towards removing acne and pores, but it doesn’t take full advantage of the fruit’s benefits. It doesn’t allow for lifestyle changes that promote healthy skin in the long run. To see those long-term results, you are best served to make a dietary change and frequently incorporate cooked tomatoes into your meals.
For some people this is easier said than done. As aforementioned, tomatoes are unlike most publicized natural remedies because they are accessible, commonly-used, and cheap. Yet most people use tomatoes primarily in their raw form – either in salads, on burgers, or as part of sandwiches. Since eating tomatoes in the cooked form is our goal, such uses are helpful but not ideal.
So how can you easily incorporate cooked tomato into your diet? Here are a few suggestions for doing just that:
- Make homemade tomato soup. Perhaps the easiest way (by far) to realize the benefits of cooked tomatoes in your daily life is to adopt a simple tomato soup recipe. Making tomato soup requires the following ingredients: whole peeled tomatoes, olive oil, milk, and salt and basil to taste. Place the tomatoes in a pan and then douse them with a layer of olive oil. (You can also add basil leaves on top at this point.) Put the pan in the oven and bake for 30-45 minutes, at which point you can transfer the contents to a pot and add milk (or cream) in equal proportions to the olive oil. Then use an emulsion blender to liquefy the concoction until there are no tomato pieces remaining. Add salt to taste and enjoy your meal – just one small serving of this hearty dish offers a full cooked tomato and the resulting skin benefits.
- Use cherry tomatoes as an accessory. Cherry tomatoes – yes, even of the cooked variety – can be easily incorporated in a wide variety of dishes. They can be sautéed and then placed in omelettes, pasta dishes, and vegetable medleys.
- Make tomato pizza. If you’re looking to maximize your cooked tomato consumption and are willing to exert a bit more effort, a homemade tomato pizza is an option that’s hard to surpass. First, make the pizza sauce by roasting whole tomatoes and the combining them with paste, onions, oregano, salt, and garlic. Then, you can make the pizza itself by rolling dough onto a flour-laden stone or cooking sheet, topping the dough with a hearty layer of your sauce, and then covering the full pizza with closely-laid slices of tomato. You then can top off the pizza with a layer of mozzarella and fresh basil, if desired. Cook the dish for 30 minutes or until the crust appears hardened and the cheese has turned golden brown. Then remove your pizza from the oven and enjoy a meal that is simply brimming with cooked tomatoes wherever you look.
These are just a few suggestions for incorporating more cooked tomatoes into your regular diet. Doing so can lead to very noticeable skin improvements over the long run. If you’re looking to clear or smooth your skin, and if you can’t find the motivation to use other remedies extensively in your diet, then the humble tomato may be a worthwhile product to consider.Author Info: Jenna Smith is a college student by day and a blogger by night. Her daily studies revelove around journalism and business. Her long term goal is to be an online writer for great publications like Huffington Post or even Time Magazine! Jenna's favorite online topics include business and finance, but when she isn't writing to expand her portfolio she love to write about health, fitness, and eco-friendly topics. Jenna can be reached at jennaleesmith1(at)gmail.com if you have any interest in her writing for your site!