Lycopene-based nutricosmetics may help protect skin against environmental stress

Published: 25-Mar-2010

Lyc-O-Mato enhances skin’s natural protective properties, study finds.

Natural lycopene complex Lyc-O-Mato, which is extracted from ripe red tomatoes, has been found to enhance the protective properties of the skin against environmental stress and reduce premature ageing and wrinkles when taken as an oral supplement. In a ten-week study a group of volunteers whose diet was supplemented with Lyc-O-Mato capsules daily were found to have a significantly lower level of dead cells when exposed to UVA and UVB radiation than another group taking a placebo.

“Despite hugely publicised dermatologist recommendations and rising skin cancer rates, few people apply sunscreen every day,” comments dermatologist Zoe Diana Draelos, who conducted the study. “A Lyc-O-Mato capsule consumed in the morning with breakfast may be an easy and effective way to help protect skin from the damaging effects of UV radiation that can lead to premature ageing or even skin cancer.”

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