Results showed that subjects taking the tomato carotenoid supplement saw a significant improvement in skin barrier strength as well as skin firmness and elasticity after 12 weeks.
A recent study1 found that a carotenoid ingredient derived from golden tomatoes (Lumenato from Lycored) supported skin health and barrier function in female subjects. In the study, 59 healthy women between the ages of 35 and 55 was given either the carotenoid supplement or placebo for three months. The supplement is made up of a proprietary mix of tomato carotenes standardized to 10 mg total carotenoids predominantly phytoene and phytofluene. Researchers observed skin health and barrier function by measuring trans epidermal water loss, and skin barrier strength.
Results showed that subjects taking the tomato carotenoid supplement saw a significant improvement in skin barrier strength after 12 weeks. They also saw a significant improvement in skin firmness and elasticity after 12 weeks. The researchers explain the carotenoid supplement appeared to speed up skin barrier repair, potentially by impacting the ceramide levels in the skin to enhance the repair process. According to the study, a strengthened skin barrier can help improve skin hydration smoothness, firmness, elasticity, as well as reduce fin lines and wrinkles.
“The benefits of Lumenato start on the inside and work their way to the skin’s surface. It not only improves internal systems like collagen and ceramide protection but ripples outward to the skin barrier for skin radiance and glow,” said Elizabeth Tarshish, PhD, head of claims and clinical affairs for Lycored, in a press release. “Since a majority of the population deals with skin barrier disturbances during winter or summer, we’re pleased to learn that this unique carotenoid formulation is promising to support health and enhance beauty from within after only three months.”
Tarshish, E.; Hermoni, K.; Muizzuddin, N. Effect of Lumenato a Tomato derived oral supplement on improving skin barrier strength. Skin Research & Technology. 29 (11): e13504. DOI: 10.1111/srt.13504