Fruit of the Vine: Organic Tomatoes

By Rona Berg / July 29, 2014


Organic tomatoes, at peak season and even a bit beyond, are bursting with vitamin C and potassium, and they are the most concentrated food source of lycopene. A powerful antioxidant and carotenoid, lycopene gives tomatoes and other red and orange fruits their gorgeous color. (Remember, tomato is a fruit!) And since it also helps protect skin cells from damage, lycopene is a popular ingredient in skincare, which will help keep our skin gorgeous, too! It not only helps clear up oily and blemished skin, it is good for aging skin, too. Here is a simple mask you can apply to temporarily tighten up your skin: Cut a tomato in half. Gently massage the open side onto clean skin. Let it dry, then rinse with warm water.

—Photograph and text by Rona Berg

Rona Berg

Rona Berg

Editor-In-Chief at Organic Spa Magazine
Longtime journalist, author and current editor-in-chief of Organic Spa Media, Rona Berg is the former Editorial Director of ELLE and Deputy Style Editor for the New York Times Magazine, and she has contributed to and been quoted in dozens of publications. She co-chairs the Personal Care Committee of the non-profit Green Spa Network, is a Charter Advisory Board Member of the Nutritional Aesthetics Alliance, best-selling author of Beauty: The New Basics and Fast Beauty (Workman Publishing), and is a frequent speaker and guest on radio and television and at conferences around the globe.
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