Combining topical sunscreen with carotenoids may create a synergistic effect, scientific research by cartotenoid-based ingredients specialist Lycored shows.
The newly published study adds to the growing body of evidence that carotenoids such as lycopene help protect the skin against UV damage. The study’s findings will be highlighted at next week’s Vitafoods Europe (15-17 May, Palexpo, Geneva)., on stand H40.
Researchers treated ex vivo human skin tissues with formulations combining SPF 15 sunscreen with Lycored’s Lycomato+ rosemary extract, which contains lycopene and other natural carotenoids. When they tested the samples for harmful UV-induced reactive oxidant species they found that the combination reduced oxidative stress, indicating possible synergistic activity.
The research shows that Lycomato may complement traditional sun and skincare products by neutralisng free radicals. Including carotenoids in topical formulations may also have other benefits for skin health and appearance, including increased skin density and elasticity. Furthermore, the antioxidant activity of carotenoids may add to the shelf life of sunscreen.
Lycored will be celebrating the benefits of lycopene with a life-size installation at Vitafoods Europe. Based on the Lycopedia, the company’s educational website, the interactive exhibit will include a game that demonstrates how lycopene helps protect the skin against UV damage.
Zev Ziegler, head of global brand and marketing, health, at Lycored, said: “As this study shows, we’re constantly learning more about the many benefits of lycopene. The idea of a synergy between carotenoids and topical UV protection is tremendously exciting. We’re passionate about sharing these possibilities both with consumers and industry partners and with our life-size interactive installation at Vitafoods, we’ll be doing that in a very creative way.