Tomatoes have long been used in home remedies for oily and blemish-prone skin, and with good reason. These bright red fruits contain large amounts of vitamins and minerals, such as A, C, E, iron and potassium, which help nourish the skin. Tomatoes also provide an astringent effect on the skin to help remove excess oil and refine the pores. Try these recipes for creating a tomato facial mask.
Chop one tomato and combine in a food processor or blender with 1 tsp. lemon juice and 1 tbsp. oatmeal. Blend to a smooth paste. Cleanse face and neck. Apply the tomato facial to blemished skin, leaving on for 10 minutes. Gently remove with a warm washcloth and rinse skin with warm water to remove all residue.
Peel and seed one tomato and mash the pulp with a fork. Combine that with 1/4 cup cornmeal, mixing well. Massage onto cleansed skin of face and neck, staying away from the eyes. Rinse off with cool water.
Cut one tomato into quarters or eighths, if it is large. Taking one piece at a time, gently rub the pulp-side onto clean face and neck, but do not use around the eyes. Massage tomato pieces in a circular motion until the skin is covered with juice. Allow to dry and then rinse skin with cool water.
Mix one cup oatmeal with 3 tbsp. non-fat dry milk, moistening all the oats. Chop one tomato and puree it in a blender. Add that to the oatmeal-milk mixture, stirring to incorporate all ingredients well. Apply to cleansed face and neck skin with the fingertips, keeping free of the eye area. Leave on the skin for 45 minutes. Use a warm washcloth to remove the facial and splash face with warm water.
Blend 1 tbsp. powdered brewer's yeast with 1/2 tbsp. plain, unflavored yogurt, 1 tsp. each of lemon juice, tomato juice, carrot juice and olive oil. Mix by hand or in a food processor or blender to form a smooth paste. Cleanse face and neck and apply the facial mixture with fingertips, but not near the eyes. After 15 minutes, remove the mask with a warm washcloth and rinse skin with warm water.
Remove the peel and seeds from one tomato and puree the flesh in a food processor or blender. Mix in 1 tsp. instant mashed potato flakes, blending well. Pat the facial onto cleansed face and neck skin. Keep away from the eyes. After 10 minutes, rinse off with warm water.