They're more commonly loved in ketchup, soup or Bloody Mary form, but it turns out tomatoes are are a wonder skincare ingredient too.
Why? They're rich in anti-oxidants, including Lycopene, which blocks any nasties from entering your pores - keeping the complexion clear. So that's why fruit & veggie based beauty brand Yes To has dedicated an entire product line to this super fruit.
The 'Yes To Tomatoes' product range pairs tomatoes with another skincare saviour - activated charcoal. I learnt from my recent juice cleanse that activated charcoal detoxes the digestive system, but I didn't know it's great for detoxing the skin too. The combination of tomatoes and charcoal work together in harmony to cleanse and protect the complexion.
Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser
At first, it feels odd to rub black stuff all over your face in order to clean it, but as soon as the product hits your skin, you forget all about the strange colour. The gel lathers up instantly into a freshly-scented, creamy foam, and contains natural jojoba spheres to gently exfoliate the skin whilst cleansing (plus they don't pollute the oceans like those nasty microbeads!)
The cleanser feels incredibly refreshing and leaves the skin feeling super clean, and surprisingly light - I suppose because it's been stripped from all those impurities that clog up your pores throughout the day. I can also notice a brighter and smoother complexion instantly.
But the downside of this cleanser is that the packaging is terrible! As the cleanser lathers up so nicely, you only need a really tiny amount at a time, but the bottle dispenses great big blobs of product - I always end up trying to 'suck' a bit back in! It's such a shame that the design of the bottle lets this product down, because otherwise it's a really lovely cleanser that smells and feels gorgeous and leaves skin visibly brighter and clearer after each use.
£8.99 from FeelUnique
Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask
For an even deeper cleanse, Yes To have combined this miracle duo of tomatoes and charcoal into an intensive mud mask. The mask has got a thick and creamy consistency that feels really luxurious and a spa-like scent, so you can sit back and completely relax for ten minutes whilst it works it's magic on the skin.
The mask is pleasantly cooling and calming, it doesn't set too quickly or become 'tight', and washes off easily (although making a muddy mess on the sink!)
I can tell that the activated charcoal really is removing all the gunk and grime from my pores, as I'll generally break out into (small and inoffensive) blemishes the morning after use. This is a good thing, as it's just the impurities escaping from my skin, and the blemishes don't hang around for more than 24 hours. The rest of my complexion is left bright, fresh and smooth - the addition of chamomile calms any redness and imperfections.