The refreshing, cooling and deodorising action of fresh tomatoes make it a useful cosmetic ingredient, particularly for the feet.
The tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) is a member of the potato family and the nightshade genus, and it originates from western South America. There are now thousands of varieties, adapted to all sorts of climates across the globe.
It is technically a fruit, as the red tomato can be classified as a berry, but the US Supreme Court labelled it as a vegetable after a dispute on import duties.
Ripe tomatoes contain many ingredients beneficial to the skin, vitamins A and C, potassium and lycopene; however, 93% of this fruit is water.