The age-defying ingredient is lycopene. Lycopene makes tomatoes naturally red color. Tomatoes highly found in the procedure like ketchup, paste, soup and juice.
According to a study, women eating tomatoes had increased skin protection, as seen by a reduction in skin redness and less DNA damage from ultraviolet (UV) rays exposure.
Researchers compared the skin of 20 women, half of whom were given five tablespoons (55g) of standard tomato paste with 10g of olive oil every day for 12 weeks.
The effects on their skin were compared with the remaining volunteers, aged between 21 and 47, eating just olive oil for the same length of time.
The volunteers were exposed to UV rays found in sunlight at the beginning and end of the trial.
The researchers found significant improvement in the skin’s ability to protect itself against UV rays among those eating tomato pastes.
Compared with the other women, the tomato-eating group had 33 per cent more protection against sunburn in the form of less redness.
The researchers calculated that protection offered by the tomato paste to be equivalent to a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 1.3.
Skin samples taken from groups before and after trial showed an increase in levels of procollagen, a molecule which gives skin its structure and loss of which leads to skin ageing and lack of elasticity.
There was also less damage to mitochondrial DNA in the skin, which is also linked to skin ageing.
So no need to waste the money on buying expensive skin creams and sunscreen protection!