Who Knew Tomatoes Were So Good for Your Skin?

5th February, 2013 - Posted by Victoria Girard - 17 Comments

Tomatoes good for the skin

Tomatoes are a luscious fruit that not only tastes delicious in a huge variety of recipes and dishes but have been shown to help prevent sunburns along with UV-related sun damage and aging. Now you can feel great every time you bite into this bright red fruit knowing that you are doing something great for your health as well as your complexion.

A small study consisting of 20 people was performed at the Universities of Newcastle and Manchester revealing that tomatoes have a unique capacity to improve the skin’s own ability to protect itself against damaging UV rays. Subjects were given 5TBL of tomato paste combined with 2tsp of olive oil while another group was given straight olive oil without any tomato paste daily for 12 weeks.

Tomato paste

Those that consumed the tomato paste/olive oil blend not only showed significant improvements in their skin’s ability to protect itself but also showed a reduction in sunburns as well as an increase in the level of “procollagen” a molecule that gives the skin elasticity and structure.

The researchers discovered that the key component for these reactions was lycopene, the compound responsible for the bright red color of tomatoes. Lycopene is a very powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals keeping them from damaging your skin cells.

Although, you can’t rely on tomatoes as your sole source of sun protection they make a great addition to your fight against aging. And the beauty is that you can enjoy them raw or mixed into your favorite recipes (you can even add them to cake recipes!) So, go on and add this juicy fruit to you diet and reap the wonderful skin rewards.

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February 6th, 2013 at 2:38 am    

I never knew tomatoes had any effect in helping your skin from the ravages of the sun. I work outdoors a lot and just normally have a couple with my lunch because they are lovely and juicy. They will taste even better now.

Thanks for the info lee


February 7th, 2013 at 9:25 am    

I agree Lee, whenever I learn about other health or skin benefits that come along with something I already eat they just seem to taste all the more better :)

moncler weste herren

February 8th, 2013 at 12:30 am    

moncler weste herren…

Thanks for such a great post and the review, I am totally impressed!…

Julia Strauss

February 8th, 2013 at 8:53 pm    

Can tomatoes helps preventing wrinkles on the skin??
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February 9th, 2013 at 6:02 pm    

Tomatoes are great for the skin Julia. They are loaded with properties that feed the skin from the inside and will help to prevent wrinkles in the future.

Aayna from wholesale rugs online

February 11th, 2013 at 5:25 am    

Hey Victoria,
Tomatoes are just awesome in every sense. They are my favorite when it comes to salad. I always use tomato peel on the skin, to overcome the tanning. Thanks for sharing.


February 11th, 2013 at 11:06 am    

I love tomatoes too Aayna! They are so yummy and so GOOD for you :)

Fatima from Boat charter Sydney harbour

February 11th, 2013 at 2:36 pm    

Tomatoes are my favorite but I never knew they were so beneficial for skin too. I guess im gonna have even more of them now. Thanks for sharing.


February 13th, 2013 at 3:10 am    

That’s because tomatoes are rich in lycopene, beta carotene, vitamin C and a lot of antioxidants. That’s why it’s a jam-packed nature’s wonder when it comes to beauty secrets. Plus, tomatoes taste so good, with or without salad dressing.

Sandra from florist pyrmont

February 13th, 2013 at 7:06 am    

I knew it! This was definitely my mom’s secret to her flawlessly glowing skin. I’d better start on this as well. Might work better for me. Thanks for the share.

Kristine from 24 hour emergency vet

February 13th, 2013 at 5:52 pm    

I remember an episode of Hannah Montana when she said that ketchup was good for the skin and smothered an entire batch onto her hand. Just hilarious stuff. But yeah, it’s definitely good for your skin.


February 13th, 2013 at 6:12 pm    

That is so funny!! You really added a new twist to the great tomato :)


February 13th, 2013 at 8:13 pm    

Sounds like your mom passed down some good habits Sandra :)

Stacey from gazebo

February 14th, 2013 at 5:35 am    

Have you seen the Tomatox cream from Tony Moly? It definitely says a lot for how tomatoes are good for our skin.


February 14th, 2013 at 9:36 am    

No, I haven’t Stacey. I’ll have to check it out though. I’m always on the look out for great and natural skin care :)

Purnima from Executive Search Firms Australia

February 15th, 2013 at 9:17 am    

Nice share . The stress we confront in everyday’s life adversely affects the skin . Tomato is indeed a blessing as I too have been using it lately and leads to excellent skin tightening .


February 15th, 2013 at 5:20 pm    

Yummy and great for your skin; can’t ask for much more Purnima :)

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