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How Does Lycopene Take Care of Your Skin?

How Does Lycopene Take Care of Your Skin?

Lycopene Can Take Care of Your Skin from being sunburn and UV Ray

Lycopene is stronger carotenoid, 3.2x than beta- carotene and 100x than vitamin E, Lycopene can help skin reduce damage for sunburn and UV ray.

Lycopene is a natural bright red compound found in fruits and vegetables. Ever wonder what gives fruits like watermelon, guava, and tomatoes their attractive red color? It’s just lycopene, a red pigment that belongs to the carotenoid family. It’s found in most red and pink fruits.

Lycopene can be found in many red fruit

Lycopene can be found in most red and pink fruits.

To be stronger antioxidant than most carotenoid.

Lycopene is an anaerobic carotenoid and is a very powerful antioxidant.

  • It is 3.2 times more powerful than beta- carotene,
  • It is 100 times stronger than vitamin E.

Lycopene has an extremely strong ability to scavenge free radicals. It has many skin benefits such as protection against sun damage, anti-aging properties, and renewal of skin cells.

Tomato is one of the best Lycopene sources

To protect the skin by reducing the damage caused by UV rays.

Sun radiation, air pollution, smoking, and pesticides in the external environment cause the body to produce more reactive oxygen radicals, which mutate nucleic acids, the root cause of human aging and disease. When the skin receives too much UV radiation, it damages epidermal cells; activates tyrosinase, accelerates pigment synthesis, disrupts the skin’s moisturizing function, dries out the skin, and damages the elastic fibers in the dermis, thus causing wrinkles. Under intense exposure, it also causes skin inflammation and burns. Under abnormal conditions, it can become pigmented skin cancer.

Lycopene can reduce sunburn for skin

Why can free radicals cause the body to the age when lycopene can slow it down? Let’s say that iron rusts in the air because of the loss caused by oxidation, and if left untreated, iron will soon corrode, and the body’s metabolism is like oxidation, which means that people are rusting every day, and this rust is medically known as “free radicals”. The main danger of free radicals is that they cause cellular oxidation and act with deoxyribonucleic acid, proteins, carbohydrates, and fats to cause damage to the body.

Increasing the amount of lycopene in the skin can protect the skin by preventing or reducing the damage caused by UV rays.

Lycopene help prevent skin sunburn

To help preventing and mitigate damage from sunburn on skin.

Lycopene is a well-deserved natural sunscreen. A study published in October 2012 in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that foods rich in lycopene, a plant-based pigment with antioxidant properties, can reduce the severity of sunburn and increase the moisture and elasticity of the skin.

In several studies, lycopene has shown to reduce the damaging effects of the sun on the skin. A 2007 study reported in the journal Molecular Biotechnology found a reduction in sensitivity to UV-induced erythema (skin reddening) after a 10-12 week dietary intervention with beta-carotene and lycopene. This study concluded that dietary intake of the trace elements lycopene and beta-carotene may help provide lifelong protection from harmful UV radiation. [1]

A small study of 19 healthy people found that lycopene could help to reduce the severity of sunburn. Nine individuals were given tomato paste (16mg lycopene) and olive oil every day for 10 weeks while the control group of 10 people just consumed olive oil. At the beginning of the study and week 10, the subjects were exposed to a solar simulator and their skin redness was monitored. The results revealed that those consuming lycopene-rich tomato paste and olive oil had a 32% reduction in skin redness, and an average of 40% reduction in redness compared to the control group.

To improve the skin healing capability

Lycopene also enhances the skin’s natural healing process, preventing various external toxins from damaging skin and making it look beautiful and healthy. In addition to moisturizing your skin, improving its texture and elasticity, lycopene helps repair damaged skin cells. As a result, this natural compound is widely used in a variety of skincare products. In addition, supplements containing lycopene and other natural antioxidants have been found to significantly improve skin texture.


[1] Sies, H, Stahl, W. “Carotenoids and Flavanoids Contribute to Nutritional Protection against Skin Damage from Sunlight.” Molecular Biotechnology 37 no. 1 (2007): 26-30.