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How to Make Sugar Facial Scrub with a Tomato

Updated on February 9, 2013
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Skin Facial at Home - Sugar and Tomato Scrub ~

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

Skin care and facials became part of my life and 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?

Sugar Scrubs are Face Exfoliators

granulated sugar makes a natural face scrub
granulated sugar makes a natural face scrub | Source

Exfoliating the Face ~

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 an important point 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, uneven in colour and the skin 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 a mature skin.

Skin Type – Oily skins up to three times a week, Dry skins need only once or twice a week, Combination skin may use twice a week and for Sensitive skins only use once.

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 yourself how often to use once you try it. 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 for skin care routine

powerful antioxidants in tomatoes will eliminate free radicals on the skin.
powerful antioxidants in tomatoes will eliminate free radicals on the skin. | Source

Exfoliate with Sugar

coarse sugar types will give glowing skin.
coarse sugar types will give glowing skin. | Source

Benefits of Sugar and Tomatoes in Facial Scrub ~

The combination of sugar and tomato make 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 30’s or earlier in some cases.

The first signs of aging are generally something many of us dread but fear not the skin will have a more youthful appearance and can easily be maintained at home.

The 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.

Sugar and Tomato Face Scrub

Spa Facials at Home

at home facials easy and cheap
at home facials easy and cheap | Source

Would you give this homemade face scrub a try?

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Homemade Face Scrub ~

Cleanse the skin beforehand and remove all make up.

Pop on a headband to keep the face clear of hair.

Ingredients:

1 medium or large tomato (green stalk intact)

1-3 tbsp sugar (granulated)

Tools:

Sharp knife

Chopping board

Side plate

Facial brush (optional)

Instructions:

  • Dampen the skin.
  • 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.
  • Put the sugar on the side plate and spread it a little with the back of the spoon.
  • Get your tomato top and dip it in the sugar, twist it around in the sugar to get even coating.
  • 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. Facial brush may be used to go over the face as an extra benefit.
  • Relax for 10 minutes and eat the other part of the tomato.
  • Rinse off with tepid water.
  • Pat the skin dry and apply your moisturiser.

By incorporating this facial scrub into your weekly skin care 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!

Skin Loves Sugar

sugar cubes may be broken up and used instead  of granulated sugar for exfoliating the skin.
sugar cubes may be broken up and used instead of granulated sugar for exfoliating the skin. | Source

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      cute 16 months ago

      can I used brown sugar

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      Aimee 17 months ago

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

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      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!

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      chloe 2 years ago

      Can't wait to try it

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      Estelle Robinson 2 years ago

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

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi harmony,

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

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      harmony155 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Awesome! I will pin it on pinterest!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      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! :-)

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      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      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. :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi DDE,

      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!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      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.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      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 :-)

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

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

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Cathy.

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

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      Love this, can't wait to try it!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      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! :-)

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      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.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      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.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

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

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      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.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      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!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      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!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      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.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi randomcreative,

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

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Jackie,

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

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      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!! :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      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! :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      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 :-)

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

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

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      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!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      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 alley..lol

      Thanks for this..

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

      lol..

      And - LOL at Silly Billy!

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      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!! :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      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. :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      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!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      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! :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      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.

      bill

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      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!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      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!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

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