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Lycopene is a bright red carotene and carotenoid pigment. The most rich food sources of lycopene are tomatoes, red oranges, rosehips, papaya and guava. Although lycopene is chemically a carotene, it has no vitamin A activity. Interest in lycopene did not really begin until the late 1980s when it was found that the antioxidant activity of lycopene was twice that of beta carotene. Lycopene is present in human serum and skin as well as the liver, the adrenal glands and the lungs. Since, lycopene is the most predominant carotenoid in human plasma, this indicates its greater biological significance in the human defense system.

It is a carotenoid in the same family as beta-carotene that gives tomatoes, pink grapefruit, apricots, red oranges, watermelon, rosehips, and guava their red color. Science has indicated that lycopene is a natural UV blocker and in combination with its antioxidant properties has become one of the world's most premier ingredients in high-quality skincare. Lycopene acts in balancing melanin production, and evens out skin tone. It has protective effects on fibroblasts cell lines exposed to UVA radiations and possesses anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Lycopene is a great antioxidant that has the ability to promote younger and more radiant skin.

  • It protects the skin from photo-aging and free radical damage.

  • It also has photo-protective effects against skin reddening from UV induced damage.

  • Among its properties it is to help reduce wrinkles and skin blemishes.

  • Lycopene improves significantly skin density and thickness and to promote the production of higher skin levels of pro-collagen, a molecule which gives skin its structure.

  • It possesses antibacterial and antifungal properties and can help to reduce inflammation of the gums and fight infections of Candida albicans.

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