Lycopene for Skin Care


This article describes about Lycopene as a remedy for skin care and about the sources and uses of Lycopene

Lycopene is a carotenoid which is present in colored fruits like tomatoes, guava, watermelon etc. It is a strong anti-oxidant and is useful for various ill effects caused to to unwanted free radicals in our body.

Uses of Lycopene



Lycopene is an anti oxidant and is useful in preventing a very common eye disorder nyctalopia or night blindness. It is also useful is other ophthalmic disorders like conjunctival xerosis, keratitis and others caused due to deficiency of Vitamin A.

Apart from that there are some study reports suggesting that Lycopene can be useful in preventing various heart diseases, diabetes and other degenerative diseases due to its anti-oxidant properties.

Lycopene is also useful in combating various types of cancers.

Lycopene is very much useful in skin disorders which is described in detail below.

Sources of Lycopene



As mentioned above the colored fruits and vegetables are very important source of Lycopene. Tomatoes consist of significant amount of lycopene. Other sources include Guava, Watermelon, Grapes, Turnip and pumpkins.

Lycopene for Skin Care



Lycopene has a great role in skin care as it prevents skin from the ill effects of Sun ray which can be a very common reason for some skin cancers. It helps in holding oxygen to our skin. It also reduces the problem of pigmentation, uneven complexion and tanning of skin. It prevents the release of free radicals which occurs due to melanin (a skin pigment) metabolism.

For skin problems lycopene may not be sufficient in our food, therefore sometimes extra lycopene is required which is available is several anti-oxidant capsules and tablets.

For skin lycopene cream is also available and can be applied 2-3 times a day.

Overall lycopene is a useful substance not only for skin diseases but also for beauty conscious persons.

Reference: http://dr-healthguide.blogspot.com/2008/12/lycopene-for-skin-care.html


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