Tomatoes—rich in the antioxidant lycopene—are tasty summer treats, but who knew they could soothe acne, inflammation, and other skincare woes too?
Aveda Tourmaline Charged Radiance Masque
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Had a long night and need to look doe-eyed for a presentation tomorrow? Aveda's Tourmaline Charged Radiance Masque ($35; aveda.com) smooths and refines facial skin for an instant glow. Avocado oil hydrates, tourmaline energizes, and lycopene—our tomato superstar—locks in benefits and protects skin from future damage. And since this product doesn't have any scent, it's great for those with sensitive complexions who still want a skin refresh. (Don't forget to try these 20 Vegan Products to Soothe Sensitive Skin.)
Ella Bache Tomato Micellar Water Makeup Remover
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Don't get lazy when it comes to taking off your makeup—your clear skin in the a.m. will be thankful. But instead of hauling yourself over to the sink (hard work, we know), swipe several cotton pads saturated with this cleansing water ($21; amazon.com) to remove grime and makeup. Lycopene and probiotics (also found in another kitchen beauty staple of ours, Greek yogurt) work to ward off any current or future zits.
G.M. Collin Derm Renewal Gel Cream
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Oily skin needs hydration and cellular turnover just as much as dry skin does—it's the type of formulation that makes a difference. AHAs—alpha hydroxy acids—are natural (albeit harsh) exfoliating compounds, but when wrapped in this luxurious gel cream ($56; skin1.com), the acids won't cause any painful stinging or burning side effects. Perfect as a post-summer treat, apply the glycolic and lactic acid-laced cream that's chock full of peptides atop a night serum before you hit the sack. (Or you can Make-Your-Own Products for Summer Beauty Bummers.)
Osmia Organics Luz Enzyme Facial Soap
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If you're a bar kind of girl, look to this facial soap ($24; osmiaorganics.com). Used just once daily, it helps soften skin with camellia seed oil, while tomato and pumpkin help gently exfoliate any dead skin cells. Make sure to stow properly to avoid getting the bar germy too quickly.
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Sunday Riley Start Over Active Eye Cream
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Look like you got a solid eight hours (even if you only got five-and-a-half) by starting your skincare routine with Sunday Riley Start Over Active Eye Cream ($85; sephora.com). The formula repairs, protects, and nourishes the delicate eye area while reducing puffiness, erasing dark circles, and building up collagen. Licorice helps reduce under-eye bags; tomato protects against free radical damage. (Eyes still swollen? Here, 8 Beauty Solutions for Puffy Eyes.)
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DIY Tomato and Honey Brightening Mask
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Summer's surf, sand, and sun can make skin dull and lifeless. This DIY tomato and honey mask gives you an otherworldly glow: Honey helps fade spots by locking its moisturizing properties into your skin, while the tomato's free-radical fighting antioxidants protect your pretty face from any further damage.
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Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask
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This 96 percent natural mud mask ($16; yestocarrots.com) is formulated with charcoal and salicylic acid to help rid skin of impurities and reduce pimple size, fast. Other organic ingredients: aloe, watermelon, pumpkin, and chamomile. Sounds like you're at the juice bar, right? Not. Too. Bad.
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Eminence Organic Clear Skin Willow Bark Exfoliating Peel
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Formulated for acne-prone skin, this deep-cleansing and clarifying solution ($79; eminenceorganics.com in September) reduces the appearance of acne scars. Biosulphur and tomato extract simultaneously work together for clearer pores, while willow bark calms. Pore size is visibly reduced to promote a clear, smooth, and revitalized complexion.
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DIY Tomato Facial Scrub
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Au naturale is always a good thing, and this tomato facial scrub is as real as it gets. By sprinkling some sugar over a halved tomato then swiping across your face, you'll provide your skin with vitamins, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatories. One or two passes across your face, max, though—otherwise you'll wind up with skin a bit more torn up than you would have hoped for.
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Sugar and Tomato Body Scrub
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Don't let your face have all the tomato fun! This DIY tomato and sugar scrub uses the exfoliating benefits of tomato and sugar, but also provides skin with a healthy dose of hydration thanks to the coconut oil base. Add in whichever essential oils are to your liking—a citrus base works well here.
Photo: Aavy Naturalista