Oh no! You’ve been out in the sun all day and you forgot the sunscreen! You were gardening and somehow the odours that smelled so good outdoors are just too aromatic once you get inside. You just checked the mirror and that pimple is now twice the size it was last night. You just came out of the pool and your hair has turned green. What’s a girl or guy to do? Tomatoes to the rescue!
Yes, that’s right. The lowly tomato, that extra bit of color in salads and soups, is your friend for a surprising number of life’s minor emergencies. Grab a tomato to:
- alleviate the sting of sunburn
- shrink pimples
- restore normal hair color
- mask odors, and more!
Although not considered nutritionally essential, the American Cancer Society notes there may be real benefits to eating tomatoes as a cancer preventative. Tomatoes have the highest concentration of the anti-oxidant lycopene of any vegetable.
Tomato home remedies? To cool a sunburn, mix and mash with buttermilk, yogurt, or mayonnaise, then apply. You may be amazed to find how quickly skin returns to normal.
Your hair or skin smells awful? You’ve just chopped onions and the guests will be arriving in half-an-hour. Quick! To get rid of the onion smell, rub tomato paste through your hair, then head for a fast shower and shampoo. You just spent the evening with friends who are among the last of the heavy smokers and your clothes reek. Give them a soak in tomato juice before tossing them in the washing machine.
Or worst case scenario: (this really happened to me and a boyfriend), you were taking a leisurely walk through the woods (preferably with someone who loves you) and you got skunked. I’m here to tell you that the “old saw” does work: really bad smells can be masked, if not eliminated, by a bath in tomato juice.
Chlorine-green hair? Mash up some tomatoes or open a can of tomato paste and give yourself a 10-minute treatment. The weak acid in the tomato can counteract the alkalinity from the pool water to restore a proper pH balance. Rinse it off and you’ll probably see the “green” go down the drain and your hair color return to normal. Follow up with a good shampoo and conditioning afterwards.1
While the idea of applying a tomato mask to your face may seem a bit strange, many people swear by it. For those with oily skin, tomatoes will absorb surplus oil and may help to get rid of pimples and clear away blackheads. If your skin is dry, you can add some day-old curd, mayo, or yogurt to the tomato paste.
A few words of caution: Before applying tomatoes to your skin – as with any mask or lotion, always try it out first on a small patch of skin to check that you are not allergic or reactive. Do be extra careful with tomatoes – they are a member of the nightshade plant family and some people may have strong allergic reactions.
As far as anti-aging products go, tomatoes rank high on the list.
Rich in anti-oxidants, high in Vitamin C, and high in water content, tomatoes have been shown to reduce the number of free radicals in your body. The lycopene in tomatoes is one of the most powerful carotenoids / anti-oxidants — as well as what gives tomatoes their red color. Unlike the beta-carotene in carrots, lycopene does not convert to Vitamin A in the body.
Interestingly, scientists have found that the cooking process increases the availability of lycopene to the body as long as it’s served with a bit of oil or fat – so enjoy your spaghetti sauce and shake on the kétchup!
Feeling pale and washed out? Eating tomatoes regularly is said to give you a pink and glowing complexion, so enjoy a tomato today! Tomatoes to the rescue!
1 Many of the ideas for this article were adapted from http://www.gogreenstreet.com/beautiful-tomato-secrets-one-of-natures-beauty-boosters/ by Veronica Davis, accessed on 4/25/2012.
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By Teviot Fairservis.
The famous, world-known Iron Man contest may take place again this year in Langkawi. When it happens, Paul Penders Co sponsors again 57 year old New Zealander Leslie McMillan.
Leslie will be for up to 13 hours being exposed to torture under a burning tropical sun. And believe me, no peanuts to undergo such harsh tropical sun conditions hitting your body when one is in a survival mode during this race with the great obstructions.
The rainforest island of Langkawi Geopark in Malaysia is located 5 degrees north of the equator with weather temperatures at this time of the year varying from 30 to 35 degrees C or 100 degrees F – that during the entire day!
It is obvious that a whole day in the sun means an enormous attack on the skin. Sunburn and dry skin would be inevitable if adequate protection would not be taken very serious.
Therefore a wonderful opportunity for Paul Penders to perform R&D tests during this race. Where in the world to find better conditions to measure efficacy of our products? To know for sure how far our natural products can go in protecting skin and hair in a grueling sun?
Any R&D scientist would dream to test his products this way. No lab tests in artificial conditions with computers for performance tests. No, this is the real thing in hot sun and salt seawater; thus extensive scalp and hair protection is a must.
Some 700 Iron Men contesting in the ocean in a 4.5 Km swim
What Paul Penders products will be used during the race, as well during training sessions prior to the race?
Leslie, as well as us, were quite satisfied with the protecting effects that our products offered last time. Think about this… Just a 30-minute walk in the burning sun here in Malaysia will make one totally wet and exhausted. So imagine the effect on the body when one is for 13 hours constantly swimming, biking and running?
Finishing…!! Yvonne, R&D manager of Paul Penders brings flowers to an exhausted Iron Man
Of course, only Leslie can share the details of the experience of fighting the elements. This will be covered in an exclusive interview after the race. With over 700 Iron Man competing, Leslie may not win but for sure will be one of the best protected contestants when it comes to professional natural skin and hair care products.
Note: Each Langkawi Iron Man Race receives some 700 participants from up to 40 countries with over 1,500 volunteers helping out.
Finally the day had come. I had been training for months to be able to run in the biggest running event in the world.
It was the 1st of November and even though it was well into autumn already, the sun was burning like it was midsummer at the start of the New York Marathon. 42.195 kilometers were ahead of me and the start less then 5 minutes off. I was getting nervous now, not sure if I would make the finish line. For the last time I went over all my preparations. Were my shoelaces tied properly, did I have enough to drink until the first checkpoint, was I well protected against the relentless burning sun? Well, if anything, I could rest assured on the latter. My sunscreen was by Paul Penders. Natural organic sunscreen with SPF 22. No worries there.
And then off we were. Together with 44,176 other runners, all of them completely unknown to me, but feeling like one huge family, I started my first (and very possibly last) New York Marathon. Later I found out that from that big family, only 4 were actually called Brenda, one of them being me. Funny how internet reveals all those stats.
While running that was however not on my mind at all. I so desperately wanted to make the finish line that that was all I could think of. At least, that was all I could think for the first 5 kilometers or so. After that my mind became numb and empty and running just a trance. My legs went automatically for the next 25 kilometers. That was about as much as I had done in training.
The last 12.195 kilometers became more and more hell on earth.
Everything hurt, from the tips of my toes (obviously) to the ends of my hair (which I actually don’t use for running). Again my mind was full of reaching the finish and I started to envy my husband who had chosen to spend his time, not running, but eating and drinking away at “The Finish Line Banquet.” I just hoped he would not be too occupied with that to miss my finish for I would kill him if he did just that.
Then finally, there it was. I could see the entrance of Central Park and knew I would make it. The Park was even more crowded with spectators then the rest of the course. Everybody was cheering and waving and encouraging the runners and all of a sudden all the pain and fatigue left my body. It almost felt as if I could do another marathon right after this one. I could now actually see the finish line and there, in between all the others, I saw that one person I most wanted to see. He was holding a glass of champagne. For me.