Clinical evidence has proven that just one day of unprotected sun exposure can cause irreversible cell damage, which has been associated with premature aging and even skin cancer. Unfortunately, even high SPF sunscreen products, cannot provide complete protection, because a residual UV light can penetrate into the skin, resulting in oxidationof lipids, proteins and DNA damage.Recent studies have shown that antioxidants, in particular, carotenoids &, polyphenols, administered as dietary supplements, or topically applied, are effective photo-protective ingredients, enhancing the resistance of the skin against UV radiation, pollution and smoke. Carotenoids can also enhance the beauty of skin by increasing density, thickness, elasticity and smoothness.Of particular interest are the Carotenoids, lycopene, Lyc-O-Mato® (a tomato lycopene complex), alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein, astaxanthin, zeaxanthin, phytoene and phytofluene. Combination of these carotenoids increases their protective and beauty enhancing properties. Their activity can be enhanced further, by adding polyphenols, such as Rosemary extract.Our world-renown speakers will review the most recent advances in carotenoid and polyphenol research in food, dietary supplements and topical preparations, for skin protection, anti-aging and beauty.
Cathleen G. London
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Senior research scientist