Saturday May 24 2014

You can throw tomatoes at me, it is good for my skin


By Grace Kengazi

My face used to have very large pores. The kind that make a curious child ask you why you have holes on your face. I exaggerate not, a child once asked me. While I never gave these pores any thought since I rarely saw them, in my world, the mirror has always been for brushing teeth or checking that there is no lipstick on my teeth. I do not need a mirror to apply my mascara or eyeshadow; my sisters or friends are there to tell me if I look ridiculous. So you see why the large pores had never been an issue.

But because of those special strangers who make it a point to point out to you just how horrible your face is, it came to my attention that these “holes” existed. Because Google always tells me what to do, I went to the search engine and typed “how to get rid of large pores on the face”. The answers were many and I tried several natural remedies since they have a lower chance of hurting my skin.

Recently, I think I hit the jackpot. Tomatoes. A friend had told me about these last year, but I never really got around to using them till I read about them online. About five blogs advised me to cut a tomato in two and rub the insides on my face. They advised me to leave this on for about five minutes, then wash it off with lukewarm water.

Other blogs advised that I make a mask by sprinkling lime juice on the tomato and leaving it on for about 15 minutes before rinsing it off with cool water.

I have been alternating the two and while I’m not sure whether my pores have shrank (I still haven’t learnt how to use the mirror to scrutinise my face), I have received compliments about clearer, glowing skin and what not.
Looks like I will continue using the red succulents for more than making salad. Move over soap, you have been replaced –on my face at least.