As you age, your skin begins to change in ways you probably won’t enjoy. Whether it be liver spots wrinkles or spider veins; skin aging is the #1 thing women wish they could avoid.
Although natural remedies can’t give you back the firmness or look you had in your 20s, they can significantly improve the health and appearance of your skin.
What Are Varicose Veins?
As you get older, your veins can lose elasticity causing them to stretch.
The valves in your veins may become weak, allowing blood that should be moving toward your heart to flow backward. Blood pools in your veins, and your veins enlarge and become varicose. via MayoClinic
Some pregnant women also develop varicose veins. Pregnancy increases the volume of blood in your body, but decreases the flow of blood from your legs to your pelvis.
What Tomatoes Can Do For Your Skin…
Tomatoes contain vitamins C, E and A (1), as well as beta-carotene, which are all important nutrients for skin health (2).
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Drizzle them with a bit of olive oil for some skin-healthy omega-3 essential fatty acids.
One of the carotenes tomatoes contain is lycopene, which has been proven to fight cancer and provide protection against acute and potentially longer-term aspects of photodamage (3).
After being ingested, lycopene can be detected in the skin (4). This suggests that it may also be absorbed through the skin if used topically (5).
How To Use Tomatoes For Varicose Veins
There’s a popular Russian remedy that says to place slices of red tomatoes on varicose veins and bandage them into place. They should be left on 3-4 hours at a time, 5 times a day until the veins are no longer visible.
Realistically, it’s easier to incorporate more tomatoes into your diet and coat your varicose veins with a tomato-based skin mask.
Here’s how you make it:
- 1 tomato
- 1 lemon
- 1 tbsp of honey
- 1 tbsp of olive oil
- Squeeze out the juice of the tomato and lemon into a glass bowl.
- Whisk in the oil and honey until smooth.
- Apply this mixture lightly on your skin & refrigerate any remaining mix.
- Let it sit for about thirty minutes. You can place plastic wrap over the skin and bandage it into place to avoid staining your clothes.
- Rinse off the mixture with cold water.
- Pat dry with a clean towel.
- For best results, repeat the mask 2-3 times a day for two weeks or more.
Just remember that how you look on the outside says a lot about what’s going on on the inside.