Why is lycopene good for both our body and skin?

Tal Offer, PhD
Doctor of the Tomato

Human trials have shown lycopene to be a powerful phytonutrient that supports the dermal barrier function that protects the skin from the sun’s rays. This activity was strengthened further when lycopene was combined with other tomato carotenoids, including phytoene and phytofluene. In one published clinical study, daily supplementation with tomato extract not only reduced levels of MMP1 mRNA (a marker of photo-aging) in healthy individuals but also reduced the expression of other molecular markers of UV damage (Grether-Beck et al., 2016).