Growing and glowing
At Lycored, we’re going beyond “skin deep” to reimagine all the things beauty can be, starting with what’s inside. We’re breaking beauty out of its proverbial box to change the conversation and deepen our understanding about the role carotenoids, like our star ingestible skincare extract Lumenato, play in maintaining healthy skin.
The roots of all the glow.
The Lycored skincare story begins in 1995 with a single source of natural inspiration: the tomato.
Yet, it was the outside of our hero fruit that truly clarified our mission. As we watched the sun gently coax the tomatoes in our fields to ripen under their protective skins, we realized that given the right tools, tomato-derived skin supplements for smoothness and suppleness were possible.
Years of trial and error led to our own breed of tomatoes designed for skincare.
After identifying the key carotenoids and nutrients for Lumenato, we painstakingly created innovative detection methods that helped reveal, extract, and standardize beauty-supporting phytoene and phytofluene. We even teamed up with National Geographic photographer Craig Burrows to the natural glow of these invisible carotenoids in our special golden tomato.
Teamwork takes off.
Since then, we moved to pre-clinical (complex cell culture), bio-availability, and clinical (human subject) trials and after many refinements, we found the carotenoids in our golden tomatoes work even better to support skin appearance and beauty when synergistically combined with other naturally occurring nutrients in our skin wellness extract.
We perfect the extraction process
Once we were able to develop a CO2-protected, solvent-free extraction process for Lumenato™ to keep its natural nutrients as close as possible to the way they appear in nature, while maximizing their inherent potency and amplifying the potential for holistic synergy with other naturally occurring nutrients, we were off to the races.
We file the finished product patent
Recognizing the natural power that emanates from the meeting of the minds and the meeting of the symbiotic nutrients as well as the method for inhibiting collagen loss, our Lumenato formulation is submitted for IP protection.
Studies confirm Lumenato’s power to boost
A major milestone for Lumenato was a study that showed how it works to decrease the effects of sun exposure. Our “Lumenato’s protects normal human dermal fibroblasts from neutrophil induced collagen-3 damage in co-cultures 2020” study design deliberately included physiological parameters to gain new insights into the cellular mechanism.
Further research finds powerful skin-supporting impacts
We continue to deepen our insights with the launch of our double-blind, placebo controlled clinical study that evaluated the efficacy of Lumenato to improve beauty parameters on 60 healthy female subjects.
We marked the launch by unveiling a completely refreshed skincare tool kit with new before-and-after photos, clinical assessment, instrumental evaluation, and results on inflammation, wrinkles and texture you can literally see.
Let’s go deeper.
Proving the power to help skin stay youthful and healthy.
Our recipe for radiance
Skin is the body’s largest organ and Carotenoids like Lumenato work hard on several levels from the inside out to support skin and keep it looking and feeling healthy. From inner radiance to surface glow, Lumenato is designed to help you shine.
Results you can
see and feel
When Lumenato participants with compromised skin barrier were observed as part of our double blind, placebo-controlled study, 70% experienced a significant improvement in their transepidermal water loss (TEWL).
Evaluation using a laboratory assay showed that carotenoid levels increased steadily and significantly.
Carotenoid levels in our bodies can measurably increase within just 24 hours after supplementation. But while the full spectrum of benefits of carotenoid nourishment take time to cultivate, some effects were very visible when we dived into the cellular level, like collagen support. In our recent published pre-clinical study we found that Lumenato supports the collagen network and reduces collagen degradation.
More than meets the eye.
When we look closely, we see that carotenoids in Lumenato help balance cellular damage at the molecular level to calm the response of pro-inflammatory cytokines. However, the level of these nutrients naturally depletes over time, which is why it becomes increasingly more important to aid our skin in maintaining healthy carotenoid levels with supplements. That way, these potent antioxidants build up, like a “reservoir of goodness.”
Proving the power to help skin age beautifully.
As we age, our skin becomes more susceptible to the effects of environmental stress and it requires more upkeep to maintain its appearance. That’s where invisible carotenoids like phytoene and phytofluene in Lumenato can play a big role in conjunction in a comprehensive beauty regime, working hard from the inside out to keep skin looking and feeling healthy.
Water you waiting for
In a clinical study of 63 participants supplementing with Lumenato, 71% mentioned they noticed decreased skin dryness and an increased sensation of moisturization, indicating increased hydration properties.
Set the right tone
In a clinical study, 72% of the 63 participants supplementing with Lumenato experienced a more even complexion after just 4 weeks of use, and continued to see improvement throughout the 12 weeks study duration. Even two weeks after supplementation, participants results were sustained.
Glow for it
68% of participants reported a significant increase in radiance after 4 weeks. Participants continued to see improvement throughout the 12 weektreatment period.
In addition to improving tone and hydration, 75% of participants who supplemented with Lumenato reported that their overall skin texture and appearance significantly improved.
Reaching inside for a winning glow
Just like the glow we can see and feel when we smile, when we show ourselves love, it’s more visible than any other “make up” we can put on. Similarly, our research shows that beauty nutrition works to nourish our skin from the inside out and support an even healthier glow than a solely topical routine.
All together now
A big part of our movement to #rethinkbeautiful is challenging conventional standards of beauty, which is inspired by the fact that ingestible skincare and nutrition don’t see skin color, race, or age. They only see us at the cellular level, offering a liberating platform for inclusivity, positivity and equality.
We’ve long believed people of all ages and skin types have a right to wellness in all its forms.
Sustainability comes naturally
We’re committed to full vertical integration and extensive R&D to identify minimal waste solutions. For us, it’s not good enough to offer ingredients that work—they should offer consumers peace of mind too. With nearly 3/4 of consumers now willing to change their consumption habits to reduce environmental impact, the push for a more sustainable 'blue beauty' movement focused on the impact of chemicals on us and the earths ecosystems is critical.
The golden tomato is a unique solution that has been developed by Lycored in order to provide carotenoids that are rare in our foods.
-Dani Zamir, Professor of Agriculture Hebrew University
Let's #rethinkbeautiful together
While our latest beauty nutrition innovation is a huge milestone along our journey to #rethinkbeautiful, we know there's always more to learn and more to love within the tomato and ourselves.
We hope you're just as excited by the possibilities that Lumenato can bring to your next application, whether it’s soft-gels, liquid shots or chocolates, and invite you to come with us on the next chapter in our journey.