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.
Are you looking for a refreshing daycare for your skin this summer? Based on only natural ingredients?
Why don’t you try the Aloe &Lavender A.M. Moisturizer form Paul Penders Cosmetics?
Paul Penders Aloe &Lavender A.M. Moisturizer is refreshing like a light summers breath, feels airy not greasy and contains for example Aloe Vera, Calendula and Vitamin E for natural sun protection.
The moisturizer has a slightly herbal scent as if you were walking on the Lavender fields in the Provence of France, but also has a very moisturizing effect and therefore prevents dehydration.
Aloe &Lavender A.M. Moisturizer is based on coconut water and thus feels very soft and fresh on your skin. Furthermore; it makes your face glance, lithe and resilient.
It’s made of organic cultivated herbs and keeps your skin tenable against external influences. It’s especially suitable for dry and sensitive skin.
Paul Penders Aloe &Lavender A.M. Moisturizer is available at 30 ml tube packaging: not only for a hygienic point of view, but also very useful to carry with you in your bag.
Author: Maureen (From the Beauty Journal)
Avocado & Cranberry P.M. Moisturizer is a Paul Penders natural herbal night-time moisturizer that aids in providing more moisture for dry & sensitive skin types, thus protecting skin from dehydration. Of course, it is very suitable to use during winter conditions in Europe, North America and some parts of Asia, such as Korea, Japan and Northern China as well.
Lately, Bee, a partner in “Paul Penders Australia Pte.” (our exclusive distributor in ‘down under’ ), had a slight burn on her hand. She start using Avocado & Cranberry P.M Moisturizer to treat the burned skin. She was very happy that this moisturizer soothed and healed her hand wonderfully and even just within a few applications.
We also have a friend here in Langkawi Island. Last year he had a wound on his leg that seemed to be healing slowly or not at all. He too applied Avocado & Cranberry P.M. Moisturizer and was happy to report that his wound healed beautifully and fast as well. Few weeks ago however the same condition reappeared. So he requested a new product and we hope he will experience the same good result.
Of course, these are great testimonials that make us happy as well.
It also makes us feel more confident in “the power of natural ingredients”, especially the ones we use for Avocado & Cranberry P.M. Moisturizer.
And did you know that this product also has the ability to remedy some types of light skin irritation…. Often within just few applications? Avocado & Cranberry P.M. Moisturizer can be amazingly effective!
Author: Faye (Information by Bee, Paul Penders Australia)
Paul Penders Natural Herbal Skin Care products were recently featured in “Baby-mo” magazine in Japan.
This magazine is especially made for mother and baby…
The featured Paul Penders skincare products are as follows:
Rosemary & Calendula Cleansing Milk
For normal to dry & sensitive skin
With fine plant-derived oils, certified organic herbs and uplifting rosemary essential oil that tenderly cleanse skin. This natural facial cleanser effectively removes dirt and impurities to leave skin soft, smooth and fresh. Also removes makeup.
Chamomile & Moringa Skin Toner
For all skin types
This alcohol-free toner is especially formulated to restore natural moisture balance, as well as to soothe and clarify all skin types.
Avocado & Cranberry P.M. Moisturizer
Night time moisturizer for dry & sensitive skin
This creamy nighttime moisturizer replenishes dry, sensitive skin and protect from dehydration. Lavishes skin with emollients derived from avocado and jojoba plant oils. Contain vitamins, ceramides and liposomes to keep skin smooth, supple and resilient.
Gone are the days when skin care and cosmetic products were created only for women. It is essential to care for one’s skin, even for men. In fact, men need more attention compared to women as men’s skin is more prone to dehydration and oils. Besides, men’s skin is also rich in collagen and elastin that makes the skin more resistant to the damaging effects of solar radiation and other environmental factors.
However, skin becomes thinner and reduces the amount of collagen, elasticity and firmness of the skin rather loosely with age. Therefore, men need specific skin care products for them. Previously, there were only limited products for the face such as shaving cream, soap and aftershave. Now, a variety of skin care products for men are available in the market.
Men’s skin care products are designed for men’s specific skin care needs.
- Since men have fifteen percent oilier skin than women, it is necessary for them to cleanse, tone and moisturize regularly to get rid of dirt.
- Sun protection through sensible, breathable clothing, sunglasses and use of an adequate Sun Protection Factor (SPF) providing sunscreen is vital for men and helps them look young and fresh. Sunscreen also provides a barrier to the harsh sun rays that can damage and cause wrinkles and skin cancer if exposed to the sun for too long.
- Men with oily skin should opt for a soap-free cleanser that will not irritate the skin into further eruptions and gently clean out the surface of the skin, followed by using an alcohol-free toner that will rejuvenate and cool the skin without disturbing the ph balance.
- Since men have considerably rougher skin due to endless shaving and razor use, exfoliation is a must.
- A simple rule of thumb for most skin types of men includes a skin care routine that follows cleanse, shave, tone with aftershave and moisturizer. Those with heavy beards are advised to cleanse, pre-shave, shave, tone, apply after shave and then moisturize and evening routine will be to cleanse and tone.
Men are advised to use organic and natural skin care products, which are both human and environmentally friendly. Some of the major ingredients include walnut oil, beeswax, aloe vera, whole wheat protein, and red wine. Organic and natural skin care for men is the best solution for damaged skin such as acne, scars, and wrinkles.
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