August 12 2021 | by Caroline Schroeder
Building on existing research and portfolio
Carotenoid levels in our bodies can increase just 24 hours after supplementation but while the full benefits of carotenoid supplementation take time to cultivate, some effects, such as reduced redness in the skin, can be seen after just a few weeks.
Antioxidants like lycopene and other carotenoids help balance our skin’s response to environmental stressors such as UV rays. They build up, like a “reservoir of goodness” that is there when we need it. However, this reservoir naturally depletes as we age, which is why it becomes increasingly important to help our bodies maintain healthy carotenoid levels and replenish carotenoids through diet and supplementation.
Lycopene accumulates and metabolizes in the skin, providing a first in line mechanism to cope with environmental challenges such as UV light. When combined with phytoene and phytofluene, it has been found to exhibit protective action across a broader range of UV light, including UV-A and UV-B wavelengths. In a simulated solar UV light study, this combination was found to be more effective than lycopene alone in reducing the intensity of erythema (skin redness) following UV exposure.
Carotenoids support our overall wellness, with benefits in areas such as cardiovascular and eye health as well as for the skin. When used in conjunction with topicals, they can support and complement an active outdoor lifestyle and even help improve long-term skin health.
Carotenoid supplementation can be used as part of a holistic skincare regimen to reduce oxidative stress balance collagen levels, support healthy blood flow , and otherwise promote long-term, sustainable skin health.