“These findings are important on two counts,” said Zohar Nir, vice president of new product development for LycoRed Ltd. “First, sunburn cell formation is indicative of photo-damage to the skin, and second, depletion of Langerhans cells negatively affects the important immune function of the skin. The fact that oral supplementation with an antioxidant-rich, natural tomato extract can help protect the health and immune integrity of the skin, has significant ramifications for the way we look at skin care.”
Subjects in the study consumed their normal diet, supplemented by either Lyc-O-Mato capsules providing 10mg lycopene per day or a placebo for 10 weeks. At the end of the study period, subjects were exposed to UV radiation from a solar simulator, following which, skin cells were sampled and assessed. The Lyc-O-Mato group showed a sunburn cell count that was six times lower than in the placebo group, and showed evidence of reduced depletion of Langerhans cells.
“Traditionally skin protection has been about topical application of a lotion or cream containing UVB/UVA filters to specific areas of the skin prior to sun exposure,” said David Djerassi, a cosmetic industry expert who served as the coordinator of the study. “Today, we are seeing a new trend toward full body protection based on daily supplementation, which can support beautiful skin from within as well. A daily regimen that provides year-round protection and beauty to the skin, our largest organ, is the way of the future. That’s why I find the results of this Lyc-O-Mato study so compelling.”
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