Want Glowing Skin? Expert Tips from Dr. Karin Hermoni
Posted On Apr 18, 2016
Fact: We’re pretty much willing to try anything to help our skin look A1 at all times.
Tomatoes are known to be a very powerful fruit providing many health and beauty benefits that cannot be overlooked.
A medium sized tomato can provide more than half of an adult’s required daily value of vitamins A, B6, C, E, and K. Tomatoes are also a very good source of potassium, dietary fiber, and many other important minerals. Aside from these benefits, tomatoes further aid in cases of high cholesterol.
However, the benefits don’t stop there – they also work wonders for our skin!
Whether you want to treat large pores or heal acne, tomatoes are auspicious in many homemade beauty treatments. DIY tomato recipes also work to soothe nasty sunburns or simply to create a natural glow on dull skin.
But, why make a messy mask when tomatoes are great to eat?
Tomato is a delicious fruit that is consumed in a variety of ways, from raw to processed. Eating tomatoes, whether in a fresh salad or with a side of meatballs, is important as they contain the carotenoid lycopene. Lycopene is an antioxidant, and thus, works as a sunscreen from within, making skin less sensitive to UV light damage, a leading cause of fine lines and wrinkles.
Dr. Karin Hermoni, the Lycored Nutrient Complex Category Manager, said, “If you don’t want to look as red as a tomato after a day in the sun, eating tomatoes regularly may help you protect your skin from getting sun-burned.”
She continued, “Unlike traditional sun screens, the dietary ingredients provide their protective effect not merely by blocking the sun rays, but by enhancing the body’s own protective mechanisms and activating cellular processes that help the skin cells better protect themselves from the oxidative stress and inflammation that are associated with UV damage.”
Further, lycopene also flushes free radicals out of the body and helps to retain moisture in people who typically sit in drying air-conditioned rooms.
To reap these beauty benefits, you don’t need to spend your hard-earned money on expensive cosmetic treatments as tomatoes are going for about $0.34 a pound at Walmart.
Dr. Hermoni suggests combining tomatoes with a diverse diet that includes other phytonutrients from fruits and vegetables such as watermelons, carrots, and sweet potatoes. When consumed together, these phytonutrients work synergistically to better protect our skin and form an overall healthier diet.
To prepare tomatoes, Dr. Hermoni said, “cook them with a bit of good oil, such as olive oil” as lycopene is better absorbed by our body when cooked with oil. However, if you like your tomatoes raw, simply add some olive oil to your salad for better absorption of the lycopene in the body.
I don’t know about you, but eating the ripe red fruit sounds much better than smashing it on my face.
One question we forgot to ask Dr. Hermoni – does pizza count?