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DIY: Tomato Scrub

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You can take a tomato and turn it into an invigorating scrub. Studies show that tomatoes can reduce the chances of cancer, diabetes and even heart diseases. Tomatoes contain a source of lycopene. Lycopene is the bright red pigment found in tomatoes, and acts like a sunscreen, protecting the tomatoes against UV rays. Lycopene is high in anti-oxidants with a small molecule structure that can easily be absorbed by the skin. Anti-oxidants are necessary in skin care because they combat free radicals. Free radicals are the bi-products that are formed when oxygen is used by the body. Free radicals are highly reactive chemicals that can damage any structure in the living cells. The skin suffers additional free radical damage from sunlight, pollution, wind and temperature. Topical anti-oxidants provide extra protection against environmental damage to the skin and its also effective in slowing down the effect of ageing skin.

MATERIALS:

1 ripe organic tomato

1 cutting knife

Fine granulated sugar

Take out your cutting board and get your tomato ready. Slice the top off. Hold it like a cleansing pad. Add 1 tablespoon of sugar to a clean dish. Take the top of the tomato and dip it in the sugar, coating it evenly. Apply it on your skin and exfoliate in a circular motion. Once you have evenly covered your skin with the tomato scrub, wait 10 minutes before rinsing it off. Then rinse off the tomato scrub and towel dry.

Enjoy your new scrub. Good luck!

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