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Nutricosmetics: Eat and Drink Your Skin Care

By: Leslie Benson
Posted: September 5, 2008, from the September 2008 issue of GCI Magazine.

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“Tomatoes are a big part of the Mediterranean diet, containing high levels of lycopene and beta carotene,” says David Djerassi, cosmetic and nutricosmetic business development consultant for ingredients supplier LycoRed Corp. “We capitalize on that with our Lyc-O-Mato ingredient, which contains carotenoids. If you have a 90–100 mg capsule of Lyc-O-Mato every day, it’s the equivalent of ingesting the actives in five tomatoes.”

Lakshmi Prakash, vice president of innovation and business development for ingredients supplier Sabinsa Corporation, points out several additional ingredients she believes should be high on the list for nutricosmetics manufacturers. “The oral intake of antioxidants such as proanthocyanidins (found in grape seed extract, apples and other plant sources) and vitamin E is reported to reduce the risk of DNA damage by UV radiation,” Prakash says. “Similarly, orally administered soy isoflavones and green tea polyphenols offer protection against photo-aging through inhibiting the action of enzymes that degrade connective tissues.”

Cognis’ R&D centers also create formulations with vitamin E, plant extracts, carotenoids and omega-3 fish oils, to name a few ingredients, for use in nutricosmetics. More than 50% of its oils and plant extracts come from renewable resources.

Similarly, DSM Nutritional Products works with science-based platforms, formulating vitamins, antioxidants, carotenoids and polyphenols for use in beauty beverages that claim to protect skin against UV rays and dryness.

Kyowa Hakko USA, with production facilities in the U.S. and Japan, starts with a base of glucose and produces its amino acids and related ingredients by fermentation. The company claims its lumistor hydroxyproline stimulates skin collagen synthesis.

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