13 Easy DIY Tomato Face Masks For Clear And Radiant Skin

Enjoy a radiant glow in your skin with this simple ingredient in your skincare regimen.

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Tomatoes are one of the most effective remedies to get clear and glowing skin. They are highly nutritious and have the power to clarify your skin. But how to get clean and radiant skin with tomato face masks? Tomatoes are slightly acidic in nature. They are rich in vitamin C, which combats free radicals and treats acne, blemishes, and wrinkles. This article explores the top 13 tomato face masks with recipes, ways of use, and their benefits. Keep reading to know more.

Benefits Of Tomato For The Skin

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  • Tomatoes are rich in phenolic acids and flavonoidsi  A class of natural plant metabolites with antioxidant and cell signaling actions that may benefit health. , carotenoidsi  A category of pigments that exist naturally and provide many plants with their yellow, orange, and red colors. , such as lycopene, alpha, and beta-carotenei  A type of carotenoid that is a red-orange pigment found naturally in many fungi and plants. , ascorbic acidi  A robust antioxidant whose absence leads to scurvy. Also known as vitamin C, it helps connective tissue stay healthy. , and vitamin A, which have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties (1). These antioxidants can combat free radicals released due to oxidative stress from the sun and pollution (2). Tomato also contains lycopene that protects the skin from photodamage caused by harsh sun rays (3).
  • Its antioxidant and anti-collagenasei  Agents that impair collagenase enzyme activity (prevent dermal matrix degradation and loss of skin elasticity). activity can help delay premature aging (4).
  • Anecdotal evidence suggests that tomatoes help fight acne by balancing the natural oil production of the skin. It exfoliates dead skin cells, gets rid of blackheads, lightens dark spots, and brightens the skin.

Laeti, a Youtuber, talked about her experience of using tomatoes for 7 days to get clear and glowing skin. She said, “My skin is just more glowy and healthy. In terms of dark spots, they have faded a little bit. You should use tomato if you want glowing skin (i).”

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The word ‘tomato’ comes from the Spanish word ‘tomate,’ which is derived from an ancient Aztec word that means ‘plump thing with a navel.’

You can reap these benefits by preparing simple DIY face masks with tomatoes. Scroll down for the recipes.

13 Easy DIY Tomato Face Masks

1. Tomato And Lemon Face Mask

This brightening face mask contains the natural bleaching properties of tomatoes and lemon. Lemon is rich in vitamin C that helps reduce hyperpigmentationi  A common, generally harmless condition where certain regions of the skin develop darker patches than the surrounding area. and even tones your skin (8), (9).

You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon of tomato pulp
  • 3-4 drops of lemon juice


  1. Mix the lemon juice and tomato pulp.
  2. Apply this pack to the affected areas of your face.
  3. Let it dry for 10-12 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.
  4. Pat your skin dry and moisturize.
  5. Repeat this once or twice daily.

Note: Use lemon juice sparingly as it can cause a burning sensation when used in excess.

2. Tomato And Honey Face Mask

A spread of tomatoes, honey, tomato pulp, and a brush
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This face mask makes the skin soft and supple. Honey is a natural humectanti  A compound used to retain moisture in the skin. It is available in various foods and skin care products in the form of serums. that helps moisturize the skin (10).

You Will Need

  • 2 tablespoons of tomato pulp
  • 1 teaspoon of organic honey


  1. Mix the honey and tomato pulp to form a smooth paste.
  2. Apply this paste to your face.
  3. Leave it on for 15 minutes or until it dries.
  4. Rinse with lukewarm water.
  5. Do this twice a week.

3. Tomato, Cucumber, And Oats Face Mask

Cucumbers have antioxidant properties that fight wrinkles and delay aging (11). Research shows that oatmeal soothes skin inflammation, scaling, dryness, and itchiness (12).

You Will Need

  • 1/2 cup of mashed tomato
  • 1/4 cup of grated cucumber


  1. Mix the mashed tomato and grated cucumber thoroughly.
  2. Apply this mixture to your face.
  3. Wait for 20 minutes and wash with lukewarm water.
  4. Do this twice a week.

4. Tomato, Coconut Oil, And Yogurt Face Mask

Yogurt is rich in lactic acid, which can reduce fine lines and wrinkles (12), (13). This face mask helps remove the dead skin cells and exfoliate your skin.

You Will Need

  • 1/2 tomato (mashed)
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon of yogurt


  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl to form a smooth paste.
  2. Apply this paste to your face.
  3. Leave it on for 15 minutes and wash it off.
  4. Repeat this twice a week.

5. Tomato And Papaya Face Mask

Papaya is rich in lycopene and vitamin A (14). These ingredients help delay premature aging due to their potent antioxidant activity (2), (3). This face mask fights pimples and helps lighten scars.

You Will Need

  • 2 tablespoons of tomato pulp
  • 2 tablespoons of papaya pulp


  1. Mix the papaya and tomato pulp to form a thick paste.
  2. Apply this paste to your face.
  3. Keep it on for 15-20 minutes. Wash it off.
  4. Do this twice a week.

6. Tomato And Clay Face Mask

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Fuller’s earth or clay cleanses the clogged pores, removes pimple scars, and treats sunburn (15). This face mask helps absorb excess oils from your skin, which can work wonders for oily skin types.

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of clay (Fuller’s earth/multani mitti)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of tomato juice


  1. Mix all the ingredients to form a smooth paste.
  2. Apply it to your face and wait for 10 minutes or until it dries.
  3. Rinse with lukewarm water. Pat your skin dry and apply a moisturizer.
  4. Do this once every 3-4 days.

7. Tomato And Almond Face Mask

Almonds are rich in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, which protects the skin from harmful UV rays and free radical damage (16), (17). This face mask moisturizes the skin, leaving it soft, smooth, and supple.

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of almond powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons of tomato juice


  1. Mix all the ingredients to form a paste and apply it to your face.
  2. Rinse with lukewarm water after 10 minutes.
  3. Pat your skin dry and apply a moisturizer.
  4. Repeat this once every 3-4 days.

8. Tomato, Sandalwood, And Turmeric Face Mask

Traditionally, both sandalwood and turmeric were used in homemade face masks to impart radiance to the skin. This face mask treats discoloration and helps brighten your skin.

You Will Need

  • ½ tomato (mashed)
  • 2 tablespoons of sandalwood powder
  • A pinch of turmeric


  1. Mix all the ingredients well in a bowl.
  2. Apply this mixture evenly on the face.
  3. Leave it on for about 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
  4. Do this every alternate day.
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The presence of curcumin in turmeric makes it an effective solution for treating acne, photoaging, and other skin conditions (18).

9. Tomato And Sugar Face Mask

Sugar granules are widely used in cosmetic scrubs for their exfoliating effect. This mask helps remove dead skin cells, dirt, and excess oil from your skin, leaving it soft and glowing.

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons of tomato juice


  1. Mix the sugar and tomato juice to form a paste.
  2. Apply it to your face and wait for 10 minutes.
  3. Rinse with lukewarm water.
  4. Pat your skin dry and apply a moisturizer.
  5. Repeat this once every 3-4 days.

10. Tomato And Olive Oil Face Mask

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Olive oil is rich in antioxidants that protect your skin from oxidative stress and repair damaged cells (19). This face pack will leave your skin soft, nourished, and moisturized for a long time.

You Will Need

  • Juice of half a tomato
  • 1 teaspoon of virgin olive oil


  1. Mix the olive oil and tomato juice thoroughly.
  2. Apply this mixture to your face and neck.
  3. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and then wash it off.
  4. Do this twice a week.

11. Tomato And Aloe Vera Face Mask

Aloe vera contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that help moisturize the skin and reduce the signs of aging (20). Tomato possesses skin-lightening properties that can brighten dull, tanned skin and dark under-eye areas. This face mask will help you achieve a radiant complexion and healthy skin.

You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon of tomato juice
  • A few drops of aloe vera gel


  1. Mix the tomato juice and aloe vera gel
  2. Apply this mixture to your face.
  3. Let it dry for 10 minutes before rinsing.
  4. Repeat this once or twice daily.

Note: Be careful while applying this face mask around the eyes. If you experience any burning sensation, rinse with water immediately.

12. Tomato And Banana Face Mask

Anecdotal evidence suggests that bananas help reduce hyperpigmentation and dark spots. They also have nourishing, anti-aging, and moisturizing skin benefits.

You Will Need

  • 1-2 tablespoons of tomato pulp
  • 2 tablespoons of mashed banana


  1. Mix the banana and tomato pulp.
  2. Apply this mixture to your face.
  3. Keep it on for 20 minutes and wash with lukewarm water.
  4. Repeat this twice a week.
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Side Effects Of Applying Tomato On The Face

Tomatoes are traditionally a very popular natural ingredient in skin care. However, there are some side effects of applying them to the face. Let’s take a look:

  • Tomatoes are acidic. Therefore do not apply them to broken and irritated skin, as they can worsen inflammation and cause redness and rashes.
  • Some people may have extremely sensitive skin that can experience redness, excessive irritation, itching, and even skin peeling. In such cases, discontinue using it immediately and contact a dermatologist.
  • Sometimes the other ingredients in the face masks may also be an allergen, so pay attention to everything that goes into your tomato face pack.

That said, always do a patch test before using a tomato face mask to avoid the risk of side effects.

Infographic: Benefits Of DIY Tomato Face Masks

Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C and may help in reducing inflammation, eliminating blemishes, and improving skin radiance. They can be used in different DIY face masks and home remedies to improve skin health, texture, and appearance. Check the infographic below to learn about the benefits of some effective DIY face masks made with tomatoes.

benefits of some important diy tomato face masks (infographic)

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Tomatoes are rich in vitamins A, C, and K, minerals like potassium, and several other essential nutrients. They help solve several skin care troubles, like aging signs, acne, and blemishes. In addition, tomatoes’ antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties make them one of the most effective ingredients to incorporate into your beauty and skincare routine. You may use tomato face masks or include them in your diet to reap maximum benefits. Following the mask recipes and instructions mentioned above may help you prepare them easily at home. However, always be cautious of the side effects of the ingredients you use. Do not include any ingredients that may cause allergic reactions to your skin. Always do a patch test and consult your doctor if needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is tomato harmful to the skin?

Sometimes. Tomatoes are high in acidic content and have astringent properties. They can induce rashes and irritation in people with sensitive skin. Therefore, before using a tomato for the face, it is recommended to do a patch test.

Can I leave tomatoes on the face overnight?

You may leave tomatoes on the face overnight to balance oil levels and tone your skin. However, do a patch test to avoid any side effects.

What happens when we apply tomatoes on the face daily?

Applying tomatoes on the face can help reduce the appearance of pores. However, we do not recommend using tomatoes every day for DIY facial treatments as they may irritate the skin.

How long do I leave tomatoes on my face?

It is enough to leave tomato on your face for 15-20 minutes before rinsing it off.

Key Takeaways

  • Tomatoes offer multiple benefits for the skin thanks to their antioxidant properties.
  • You can make face masks with tomatoes and other ingredients to improve your skin texture and appearance.
  • Natural ingredients like lemon, honey, and cucumber add their own benefits to enhance your skin.
  • You can use any of these masks once or twice a week, as recommended, to gain the benefits.
Tomato Face Masks

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Learn how to make an easy tomato face mask for glowing skin. Click on the video below to discover the amazing benefits of this natural remedy and get radiant skin in no time.

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Dr. Priya Gill

Dr. Priya GillMBBCH, MRCP

Dr. Priya Gill is a consultant dermatologist in Klang, Malaysia, with over 16 years of experience. She specializes in the management of all medical and surgical dermatology issues and has a special interest in laser therapy and phototherapy.

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