UV rays don’t just do damage, they actually make it more difficult for your cells to repair themselves after damage has been done. This damage is a big contributing factor in your skin’s fight against signs of aging.
Luckily, there may be a very real, very natural solution: Lycopene.
Lycopene is a fat-soluble plant compound known as a carotenoid. The oil is found in tomatoes, pink grapefruit, papaya, wolfberry, and goji. Web MD reports that “In North America, 85% of dietary lycopene comes from tomato products such as tomato juice or paste. One cup (240 mL) of tomato juice provides about 23 mg of lycopene. Processing raw tomatoes using heat (in the making of tomato juice, tomato paste or ketchup, for example) actually changes the lycopene in the raw product into a form that is easier for the body to use.” Eating these foods can help introduce some of lycopene’s benefits for your skin, but because the oil is usually distributed to other organs, the benefits are reduced. This is why many are researching the benefits of using lycopene topically.
According to Gary Goldfaden, MD and Robert Goldfaden (Topical Lycopene Improves Skin Cellular Function), “Compared to other antioxidants, such as vitamin E, lycopene is a more potent scavenger of the free radicals that contribute to aging and chronic disease. [Because] lycopene is concentrated in your cell membranes, its free-radical scavenging ability plays a vital role in preventing oxidative damage to the membrane lipids, thereby influencing the thickness, strength, and fluidity of your membranes.”
A study conducted by the Department of Dermatology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine found that using lycopene topically reduced the usual UVB-induced activity of ornithine decarboxylase, an enzyme that maintains the DNA structure in the nucleus of skin cells and the DNA repair pathway. In simple terms: exposure to UVB can make your skin cells do some crazy things, and putting lycopene on the skin can reduce the harmful effects. The study also suggests that lycopene may protect your skin through its ability to reduce inflammation, encourage cell renewal, and inhibit normal DNA damage following UVB injury.
Naturally, Gourmet Body Treats has you covered. Literally. Check out our Lycopene Facial Oil—one of our best selling products. This product is all natural and certified organic. We recommend using it to help with eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, rosacea, and sebum control.
Until we discover the fountain of youth, the surfeit of anti-aging creams, serums, and balms will continue to proliferate. Luckily, advances in research and plant-based products makes it easier to take better care of our skin.