Saturday, January 8, 2011

DIY Pore-Minimizing & Whitening Mask with Lemon & Tomato

Fretting over large pores?

If you have large pores, you might have oily skin. The onslaught of oily skin is especially dire to people who have large pores. And because the pores are of large size, this leads to excess sebum production (substance secreted by our sebaceous glands that prevent hair and skin from drying out) which results in oily skin.

Besides being unpleasant to look at, large pores are prone to skin irritations. Excess sebum production from large pores can lead to a number of skin problems such as acne, unsightly skin, rashes and blackheads.

While you can't minimize pore size without surgery, an easy and inexpensive beauty remedy like a homemade tomato and lemon mask can help reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, as well as minimize the excessive sebum production of your skin.

Benefits of Lemons and Tomatoes

Tomatoes have naturally acidic properties, thus help to balance the skin's natural pH value and get rid of excessive oil. Its cooling elements help soothe raw skin. It also packs tons of vitamin C and A, good for brightening dull skin!

Rich in phytochemicals, tomatoes aid in our system's process of preventing diseases and eliminating toxins out of our body, leaving us and our skin healthy and nourished.

Lemon, on the other hand, has many flavorful and healthy uses when added to foods and drinks, but did you know that lemon juice can be used as a natural antiseptic medicine? As lemon is an excellent source of vitamin C, it helps cure skin dullness and whitens skin. Lemon enhances skin by rejuvenating it from within and thus bringing that lovely glow on your face. Its antiseptic properties aid in removing blackheads and unclogging pores with excess sebum.

By combining the skin-enriching properties of lemon and the cooling effect of tomato in a simple DIY mask, one can deeply and effectively cleanse and minimize enlarged and clogged pores. Blend these two simple home-based ingredients together and see for yourself the power of nature!

Lemon & Tomato Mask

Ingredients:
1 ripe tomato
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. oatmeal

Instructions:
1. Mash one (1) ripe tomato in a bowl.
2. Put all ingredients in a blender, then puree.
3. Apply to clean face and leave on for about 15 minutes.
4. Rinse with warm water then pat dry.
5. Apply toner and moisturizer.