There are so many benefits to using tomatoes on your skin.
Whether you're snacking on cherry tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, or beefsteak tomatoes, tomato season is one of the best times of the year. It turns out that beyond being delicious, eating a tomato-heavy diet has skincare benefits, too. Tomatoes are full of vitamins and antioxidants, and are "low-calorie, but nutrient-dense which means they are packed with tons of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients," says Stefani Sassos, MS, RDN, Registered Dietitian for the Good Housekeeping Institute. "The vibrant red hue of tomatoes comes from a powerful antioxidant known as lycopene. They are also loaded with vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and even folate."
That's right: Tomatoes have skincare benefits. But before you start applying tomato juice to your skin or rubbing tomato slices on your your face, take caution. Dr. Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, board-certified dermatologist, founder of Entière Dermatology and clinical instructor at NYU Langone, advises against any DIY methods. "In general, any acidic fruit or vegetable can cause irritation on the skin," Dr. Levin says.
Don't worry — plenty of skincare products are out there that are specifically formulated to harness the carotenoid's properties. Here's what that means for your skin:
Below, we've rounded up the highest rated products made with tomatoes: