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How to Make a Tomato and Sugar Facial Scrub

I have worked as a beauty therapist, a freelance makeup artist, and a retail store manager for a fashion, beauty, and crafts store.

This article will break down some of the benefits of tomatoes and sugar for skin care and will also provide a recipe for making your own DIY tomato and sugar scrub at home.

This article will break down some of the benefits of tomatoes and sugar for skin care and will also provide a recipe for making your own DIY tomato and sugar scrub at home.

Benefits of Tomato and Sugar For Face

Facial scrubs exfoliate the face and are a vital part of a skincare routine. Sugar and tomatoes make an ideal skin combination for use in sugar scrubs, and it is probably the easiest DIY homemade skincare product ever.

My decision to become a beauty therapist many moons ago was strongly influenced by my father being involved in the beauty industry. As a young girl, I loved the packaging and smells of all the wonderful cosmetics, and from then, I was hooked on beauty products.

Skincare and facials became part of my life. Being older and wiser, I have now looked to nature and using ingredients we often have in the kitchen cupboard. This means I can now have my own spa treatments and facials that cost a fraction of salon prices.

Homemade beauty products cover a wide spectrum of delicious, nutritious ingredients that are used to make a variety of products. They are more beneficial to the skin, easily bought and save you money. How cool is that?

Granulated sugar makes a natural face scrub.

Granulated sugar makes a natural face scrub.

Why Exfoliation Is Important and How Often You Should Do It

The word scrub may lead to confusion and give you the impression you scrub the face raw. This is not the case, and it is important to remember when using a sugar facial scrub.

Exfoliating the face will give bright, plump and smooth, glowing skin. A facial scrub or exfoliating scrub primarily removes the build-up of dead skin cells. In a nutshell, if the dead cells are not removed, the skin looks sluggish and uneven in colour and will feel rough to the touch. As we age, cells are regenerated at a slower rate. By exfoliating regularly, blood flow is increased, which gives a more youthful appearance with fresh cells visible.

Knowing how often to use this sugar and tomato scrub will be determined by a number of factors.

  • Age: Older skins tend to be less oily and have a thinner epidermis (outer layer of the skin) than younger skins, and therefore do not need to use this scrub as often. Once or twice a week is sufficient for mature skin.
  • Skin Type: Oily skins should exfoliate up to three times a week, dry skins need only once or twice a week, combination skins should do so twice a week and sensitive skins should do it only once a week
  • Supplies: As you only need a few ingredients, make sure you have a supply that will not be used up during the week.

You will be able to gauge how often to use it once you try it.

Note: Never use more than three times a week.

As with any lotions and potions, watch for skin reactions or allergies and stop using immediately if you experience any signs. Do not use if you have a known allergy to sugar or tomatoes.

Tomatoes are great ingredients for creating your own natural skin care products.

Tomatoes are great ingredients for creating your own natural skin care products.

So What Does It Do?

The combination of sugar and tomato makes for an extremely effective facial scrub for exfoliating the face.

Sugar acts as the main scrub part, removing the dead skin cells and regenerating fresh new ones.

Tomatoes are extremely rich in the potent antioxidant lycopene, which is mostly found in tomatoes or tomato-based products such as tomato ketchup and tomato puree. The tomato has tiny particles, and when applied to the face, the particles are easily absorbed through the skin.

When combined with the sugar, the tomato pulp is crushed, more lycopene is released and the new fresh skin will absorb antioxidants faster, eliminating free radicals that harm the skin.

This facial scrub will also help diminish fine lines and wrinkles around the forehead, eyes and mouth, which start appearing in our 30s, or earlier in some cases. The first signs of aging are generally something many of us dread. But fear not, as the skin will have a more youthful appearance and can easily be maintained at home.

The most important step after the facial scrub is moisturising. This will rehydrate the skin and bring nourishment to the newly regenerated cells. Moisture is locked into these cells, which will give the skin a more youthful appearance.

How to Make a DIY Tomato and Sugar Face Scrub

Cleanse your skin beforehand and remove all makeup. Pop on a headband to keep the face clear of hair.


  • 1 medium or large tomato (green stalk intact)
  • 1–3 tablespoons sugar (granulated)


  • Sharp knife
  • Chopping board
  • Side plate
  • Facial brush (optional)


  1. Dampen the skin.
  2. Cut the top of the tomato off. You will need the top, as this will be the scrubber pad. So do not cut the top too thinly.
  3. Put the sugar on the side plate, and spread it a little with the back of the spoon.
  4. Get your tomato top and dip it in the sugar. Twist it around in the sugar to get an even coating.
  5. Start on the forehead and gently scrub in a small circular motion. Move down to around the outer eye area (avoiding eyelids and under the eye area), and move over the face, nose, mouth, chin and neck. A facial brush may be used to go over the face as an extra benefit.
  6. Relax for 10 minutes, and eat the other part of the tomato.
  7. Rinse off with tepid water.
  8. Pat the skin dry and apply your moisturiser.

By incorporating this facial scrub into your weekly skincare, you will not only start to feel the benefits to your skin, but you will see the results too! A tomato and some sugar- it couldn’t be easier. So give it a try!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Suzanne Ridgeway

How to Make Sugar Facial Scrub Using a Tomato Comments

prince joe on August 04, 2020:

wow i really love and appreciate this..........its working so fine. thanks. love you..

Previous on June 25, 2020:

I can see a different on my face after using this method .my dark spots start to disappear .thank u very much

Sharu on April 30, 2020:

Can I use dis daily

Priya on April 27, 2020:

Thanks for compiling it so well, it's a tested and proven one with immense benefits, just need to be careful of the size of the sugar particles, finer and coarse enough to serve the purpose.

Thanks again

Yoseph Negash on March 06, 2020:

Am trying tomato with sugar on my face and my red scars goes to black is it really working or not?

Rachel on February 19, 2020:

I tried it and it works really good. Thanks for the tips

Carol on January 21, 2020:

I gave it a skin already feels fresh and soft.thankyou.

Macki on March 21, 2019:

I wish it would be effect on my face

Anne on March 03, 2019:

Lemme try

Shirat on February 22, 2019:

Am trying it right now and I will give the results. But I really appreciate the lesson u give

princess on July 13, 2018:

Can i use this tomato sugar scrub daily

cute on June 03, 2016:

can I used brown sugar

Aimee on May 26, 2016:

I am trying the tomato facial treat and hopefully I will see a great result.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on October 18, 2015:

Suzanne, this is really interesting about a facial scrub using tomatoes. Makes me want to try it out and see if it really works. Nice hub!

chloe on March 30, 2015:

Can't wait to try it

Estelle Robinson on January 14, 2015:

Suzie I'm trying this as we speak I pray that it work and will let yuou know later.thanks

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 24, 2013:

Hi harmony,

So good to hear you enjoyed this simple but effective face exfoliant! Cheers for pinning it, much appreciate your interest!

harmony155 from Atlanta, Georgia on June 24, 2013:

Awesome! I will pin it on pinterest!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on May 09, 2013:

Hi vibesites,

One of the simplest homemade recipe ideas that hardly costs a cent!! Tomatoes are one ingredient that is a must in the kitchen for both cuisine and beauty!! This combo will give a nice exfoliation of the dead skin cells leaving the skin more rejuvenated and smooth. Hope you give it a try soon, you will love it! Cheers for the up and useful, much appreciated my friend! :-)

vibesites from United States on May 09, 2013:

Tomato and sugar... mmmmm could've been sounding delicious and good to eat hehehe. Kidding aside, they seem really refreshing for the face. I know that tomatoes have lycopene which gives the skin a healthy glow; I even see beauty products that reportedly have lycopene. But I will try instead your suggestion -- the natural way. Thanks for posting! Up and useful. :)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 17, 2013:


So good of you to stop by and glad you found the tomato pic alluring! They are so good for the skin as an exfoliant combined with sugar without being too harsh. Hope you give it a try!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 17, 2013:

Tomatoes are my favorite and the photo is so beautiful what a lovely idea for tomatoes simple the best best I have come across today.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 02, 2013:

Hi Thelma,

This has to be one of the quickest and easiest recipes and I hope you give it a go as it is a real winner! Cheers for the thumbs up on this :-)

Thelma Alberts from Germany on April 02, 2013:

Awesome! This is a simple and cheapest facial scrub I will try tonight. Thanks Suzie. Voted up and more. Have a lovely day!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on November 21, 2012:

Hi Cathy.

Lovely to meet you, thanks for stopping by! Glad you enjoyed and are going to give it a try!

Ms. Immortal from NJ on November 21, 2012:

Love this, can't wait to try it!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on November 18, 2012:

Hi Vespa!

Delighted to hear you tried this and found it a success! Now you have a way of using the top parts of the tomato you usually don't use in your recipes!! Your skin must be glowing with all the natural goodness you have been using. Body butter is on it's way soon so stay tuned! :-)

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on November 17, 2012:

Suzanne, I think you've found your niche. I'm a big fan! I tried this sugar/tomato facial tonight and my skin feels fabulous: so soft and smooth. Thanks so much. I look forward to learning more from your fascinating hubs.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on November 16, 2012:

Cheers Vespa, It's funny how certain things stick. To this day I will always rate Max Factor mascara as the best range ever and always use!! I have tried all of them and keep coming back to my favourite MF.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on November 15, 2012:

As always, thank you Suzanne. How interesting about your father. Yes, I'd say it's in the blood.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on November 15, 2012:

Hi Vespa,

Tomato and sugar works so easily and so good for the skin. Olive oil of course is a wonderfully useful skin ingredient too and can be utilized in many home care remedies and treatments, as you know. Thanks so much for the great comments, always a real delight in receiving from you! Yes, my dad grew up in a family business and then went on to run Max Factor cosmetics so It is a bit in the blood, I guess.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on November 15, 2012:

How clever! I do use facial scrubs, but usually with salt and olive oil. I can't wait to try this one...sounds so simple and effective. I like the idea of using the tomato top since I usually throw that part away! : )BTW, I think the vinegar toner is improving the texture of my skin. I didn't realize your father had been involved in the beauty industry. We're all benefiting from those influences!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on November 12, 2012:

Hi teaches,

Yes, the tomato is a great anti aging little fruit and works so well when combined with sugar as the exfoliant. I am with you on loving the diminishing fine lines benefit, what woman would not! LOL

Appreciate your interest in this series, it is such a fascinating area of beauty easily forgotten about.

Thanks so much for votes and pin, you rock!

Dianna Mendez on November 11, 2012:

I love eating tomatoes, but have not heard of them as a facial scrub. I am enjoying your series on food and benefits of use on the skin. The fact that it diminishes fine lines is what I like about the tomato idea. Thanks for the share. Voted up and pinned.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on November 11, 2012:

Hi randomcreative,

Glad you are enjoying so much, appreciate your visit, support and comment my friend!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 10, 2012:

I am really enjoying this series! Keep up the great work.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on November 10, 2012:

Hi Jackie,

Thanks very much for visiting and comments. Hope you will get a chance to give it a try!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on November 10, 2012:

Hi Mama K!

It will make a nice change for you rather than using the tomato in one of your great recipes! You only need a wee bit so you can do both! Thanks for reading and glad you are finding the series useful. Appreciate all your votes and pinning!! :-)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on November 10, 2012:

Hi Lesley,

Ha! Appreciate the compliment!!!

Hope you give it a try, works a treat and saves you money for things like . . . shoes!

Don't you just love BillyB! He makes me truly smile and laugh!

Cheers for your input and comments! :-)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on November 10, 2012:

Hi Bill,

You could do a review on it Bill for the competition! Use your own photos, would look great, you with this scrub on, could go viral! Appreciate your continuing support, you are a great friend and writer it is my pleasure to know! Thanks so much my friend :-)

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on November 10, 2012:

Very interesting, Id have never guessed it! It would be more tempting with salt, but enough jokes, huh?

Aloe Kim on November 10, 2012:

This sounds like something I will most certainly do! I love these beauty hubs your writing ^_^ One can never have too many home beauty recipes ^_^ voting and pinning!

Karen Silverman on November 10, 2012:

wow - does it get any easier than this?

Looking at your skin - I'm a believer Suzie!

too easy and cheap as well? Right up my

Thanks for this..

i've had a sweet tooth all my life - better to put it ON my face than INTO it..


And - LOL at Silly Billy!

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on November 10, 2012:

Great job Suzie. Who knew? Sugar and tomato? Not sure I'll give this one a try but I certainly enjoyed reading it. Keep them coming, you are on a major roll. Have a great weekend.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on November 10, 2012:

Hi Bill,

LOL, thanks Bill for that, much appreciated my wise friend. I'll be back to more "BILL" hubs soon, so do not fret!! :-)

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 09, 2012:

I'll tell you what; because you forgiving me I'll link this to one of the frugal hubs. It's the least I can do. :)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on November 09, 2012:

Hi Bill,

LOL, you really are hysterical, sorry Bill if I am killing you, just thought it would be right up your street with it's frugal living theme! Men are just as in need of these skin care delights but my dad who was in the business for years, will proudly pat his face and say" Soap and water is all I have used and look at my great skin!" He is funny a she is very proud of this fact and the annoying thing is he does look younger than his 73 years . . . considerably younger!!

So I'll excuse you this time Bill. Cheers so much for your relentless support you rock!!

Have a great weekend too!!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on November 09, 2012:

Hi btrbell,

You are certainly keen on the home beauty DIY, thanks so much for all your interest! Glad you are enjoying so much and getting some tips. Have fun reading and trying them out! :-)

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 09, 2012:

I'm in the mood for some Irish humor and this is what I get???? LOL You are killing me with this facial stuff. My face is beyond hope, Suzie! Now, if you have suggestions for the extra ten pounds around my middle, I'll get interested real fast. :)

Good job my friend; I hope you have a great weekend.


Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on November 09, 2012:

Wow! these just get better and better. We are already exfoliating with sugar and honey, why not try a tomato? These hubs are really great and so pretty and fun to read! thank you!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on November 09, 2012:

Hi Audrey!

Wow, that was quick, Delighted you enjoyed title and picture! Hopefully you will get to try this out does work a treat promise!! :-) Appreciate your interest Audrey!!

Audrey Howitt from California on November 09, 2012:

You had me hooked with the title and the picture--great hub!