You always hear beauty comes from within but you had no idea how true it was.
Anti-aging always begins with prevention and, as we all know, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The number one culprit in aging your skin? That daily dose of UV rays. They're constant and looming but, did you know every time you bite into your favorite Italian dish you're helping bock those pesky rays?
That's right, tomatoes are a powerhouse when it comes to keeping your skin tight, healthy, and wrinkle free. The benefits are credited to it's high lycopene content which is though to neutralize UV light. In studies where participants consumed 5 tablespoons of tomato paste daily, (as opposed to a control group of olive oil) tomato-paste-eaters had higher production of pro-collagen, the molecule that controls skin elasticity and structure, and were able to tolerate more UV exposure without skin damage.
The best way to consume your favorite new powerhouse food? Cook them up! Cooked and processed tomatoes have a higher amount of lycopene than raw tomatoes. The heating process needed to cook of preserve tomatoes breaks down the cell walls, leaving lycopene easier to use.
While eating tomatoes won't replace your daily sunscreen, it becomes an awesome extra tool that works inside out. Still looking for a natural sunscreen that packs the punch of tomatoes? Try ilike's Tomato Face and Body Moisturizer which both protects skin from the sun and works to heal sunburn. It boosts skins natural UV protection and supplies antioxidants to fight free radical damage. While this won't necessarily replace your beach-day SPF, we've noticed it works well as your daily sun protectant and has even carried us through some days biking, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors. Now, somebody get us some marinara!
By Stephen Daniells, 29-Apr-2008