How to Make a Tomato and Sugar Facial 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?
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 yourself how often to use 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.
What Are the Benefits of Sugar and Tomatoes in a 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 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)
- 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 an 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. A 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!
Would you give this homemade face scrub 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