You might have heard of lycopene – it’s the pigment that gives tomatoes their lovely red colour. But it’s also a phytonutrient (an organic nutrient found in plants) and a powerful antioxidant with plenty of health benefits. Studies have shown lycopene has all sorts of benefits for your health – from lowering risk of stroke and certain cancers to improving cardiovascular health.
However, the amount of lycopene you can get from eating fresh tomatoes is negligible, so the tomatoes need to be cooked or processed. This dramatically increases our absorption of lycopenes. So tuck into that pasta sauce.
But, lycopene , is also very effective when applied topically which is why it’s a key ingredient in Oasis Beauty Solar Serum®. Several robust clinical studies report lycopene having significantly positive effects on the skin.
- Lycopene protects collagen by inhibiting the activity of enzymes, collagenase, that destroy and breakdown collagen.
- Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant – Compared to other antioxidants, such as Vitamin E, lycopene is a more potent scavenger of the free radicals that contribute to ageing and chronic disease.
- Lycopene can reverse photoageing (premature ageing caused by sun damage) – Topically applied lycopene repairs DNA that has been damaged by UV radiation.
- Lycopene protects against UV induced sunburn – There is significant evidence that lycopene enhances the skin’s natural immunity to UV radiation. A 2001 clinical study divided participants into two groups. Group A consumed tomato paste and olive oil daily for 10 weeks. Group B consumed only olive oil daily for 10 weeks. At the end of the trial period their skin was irradiated with a solar stimulator (sunlamp) those in Group A, that had consumed tomato paste, showed a 40% reduction in sunburn compared to Group B.
Solar Serum harnesses the amazing power of lycopene and has been developed specifically to address sun damage and related skin issues.
Read more on our Oasis Blog. Find out the difference between serums and moisturisers here.