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Article: Dive into DIY Skincare with Desert Tomato! By Thirsty Turtl's Alisha

Dive into DIY Skincare with Desert Tomato! By Thirsty Turtl's Alisha

Dive into DIY Skincare with Desert Tomato! By Thirsty Turtl's Alisha

As our community knows, all of our products for Thirsty Turtl are formulated in-house by our amazing scientist & co-founder Ellen. The other co-founders of Thirsty Turtl, Jasmin and I, try our best to learn from her and Jasmin likes to jokingly refer to herself as a pseudo-scientist because when we speak to potential suppliers (farmers etc.) and academics from universities in Australia, Jasmin likes to roll out what she’s gathered from Ellen to demonstrate that she understands the chemistry of the plants we work with as well aspire to work with. 

And we love when Ellen sends us videos of her stirring pots and tapping all types of instruments as she brews and love it even more once Ellen has samples to send us which we greedily lather on our faces. Jasmin and I are always honoured to be the guinea pigs for the business!

So as you can imagine, we are so envious of Ellen’s knowledge and skills and ability to play with the native plants that fascinate us that from time to time, we like to play dress up as scientists and try our hand at making DIY skincare! So we thought you’d like to try a recipe we found! Because if you’re like us, you may have wondered, "Can I use this for skincare?" while you glanced through your pantry. 

Australia's distinctive bush foods have amazing qualities that are ideal for skin nourishment. Today, we're highlighting the potent desert tomato—a vital component of one of our Thirsty Turtl products—and demonstrating how to use it to make a quick and easy homemade face mask.

Desert Tomato?

The hardy fruit known as the desert tomato (Solanum centrale), sometimes called the bush tomato or desert raisin, is indigenous to Australia's arid regions. For millennia, Indigenous Australians (my people) have utilised it for its culinary and medicinal qualities. But why is it such a skincare phenomenon?

Hydration Hero: Vitamin C and antioxidant-rich desert tomatoes are known to increase collagen formation and give off a radiant, healthy glow.

Powerhouse Antioxidant: It combats free radicals that harm skin cells and helps the skin seem younger.

Calming Aspects: Its anti-inflammatory qualities might ease skin irritation.

Make Your Own Desert Tomato Face Mask: A Skin-Beautiful Treat

Are you prepared to use the power of the desert tomato to treat your skin? Here's a quick and easy homemade face mask recipe that you may make at home:


1 x tablespoon of fresh or dried mashed desert tomato

1 x tablespoon of full-fat plain yoghurt, for added hydration

1 x spoonful of moisturising and antimicrobial honey (optional) For added antibacterial effects, use 1/2 teaspoon of Manuka honey (popular in Australia).


Mash the Desert Tomato: Using fresh desert tomato, simply mash it with a fork. If using dried, soak it in hot water for 10 minutes, then mash it into a paste.

Combine Ingredients: In a bowl, combine the mashed desert tomato with plain yogurt and honey.

Apply and Relax: Apply the mask evenly to your cleansed face, avoiding the eye area. Relax for 15-20 minutes.

Rinse and Glow: Rinse the mask thoroughly with warm water and pat your face dry. Enjoy the refreshed and revitalized feeling!

Tips for Optimal Results:

Freshness is Key: For the most potent benefits, use fresh desert tomatoes whenever possible.

Patch Test First: Apply a small amount of the mask on your inner arm to check for any allergic reactions before applying it to your face.

Skin Type Savvy: If you have oily skin, substitute the yogurt with a clay-based mask for additional oil absorption.

Storage and Shelf Life: Store any leftover mask in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. However, it's best to use fresh ingredients whenever possible.

Investigating do-it-yourself skincare solutions adds a fun element to the realm of skincare. Recall that the secret is to figure out what suits your particular type of skin the best. Pay attention to the requirements of your skin, explore sparingly, and celebrate the inherent beauty that comes from inside.

Whether you choose with our pre-made solutions or DIY recipes, Thirsty Turtl is ready to help you on your skincare journey. Let's harness the power of nature to get beautiful, healthy skin!

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