Tomato extract is derived from the tomato plant and is commonly used in skincare products for its potential skin benefits. It is rich in antioxidants, specifically lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant that can help protect the skin from damage caused by UV rays and pollution. Lycopene has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, which may help to reduce the appearance of redness and inflammation in the skin.
Additionally, tomato extract is a source of vitamin C and vitamin A, which are both essential for maintaining healthy skin. Vitamin C helps to brighten and even out the skin tone, while vitamin A (in the form of retinoids) helps to boost collagen production, resulting in firmer, more youthful-looking skin.
Tomato extract is also a source of minerals such as potassium, and it can act as a natural sunscreen. It is also been reported to have an anti-acne properties, which can help to reduce the appearance of blemishes and breakouts.
It is important to note that more research is needed to fully understand the potential benefits of tomato extract for the skin and the optimal concentration and method of application. As with any skincare ingredient, it's also important to consider any potential allergies or sensitivities before using tomato extract in your skincare routine.
One study that has investigated the benefits of tomato extract on the skin is "Lycopene in Tomato Extract: A Topical Photoprotector and Therapeutic Agent for the Skin" by L.J. Reed, et al., published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology in 2008. The study reviewed the available literature on the effects of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant found in tomato extract, on the skin.
The study found that lycopene has the ability to protect the skin from UV-induced damage, and it was found to be more effective than other carotenoids in this regard. The study also found that lycopene has anti-inflammatory properties, which may help to reduce the appearance of redness and inflammation in the skin. Additionally, lycopene is found to have a potential to be used as a treatment for skin disorders such as psoriasis, rosacea and actinic keratosis.
It is worth noting that this study is based on laboratory research and more clinical studies are needed to confirm the benefits of tomato extract on human skin. Additionally, the study is focused on lycopene specifically and more research is needed to fully understand the potential benefits of all the compounds found in tomato extract.