Sun protection products have come a long way over the years, from the days when white noses were a staple on every beach, to today, when more cosmetically elegant and innovative products are available, claiming to protect the skin from UV rays in multiple rays.
Recently, new ingestible sunscreens have hit the shelves with some controversial claims that have yet to be vetted by science, as well as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The following are a few examples of such products:
According to their website, Harmonized H20 UV Protection claims to work “by communicating medicinal vibrational messages to the body.” According to the company behind the product, “all cells vibrate.” If disease sets in, Harmonized Water claims that vibrations change, altering the physical appearance of the tissue. Harmonized H20 claims to “balance tissue disharmonies by delivering medicinal radio frequencies to the cells in the form of water.” According to their website, such frequencies “have been determined by a proprietary math formula that allows us to reverse engineer most substances to determine what their actual vibrational rate” is. It claims to be able to help “eczema, psoriasis, altitude sickness, MS, arthritis, and obesity.”
An Israeli company called Lycored focuses on plant extracts and believes they found an alternate solution for sun protection. According to Lycored, the tomato extract oleoresin helps to defeat free radicals in the skin. Lycored developed Lyc-O-Mato, which includes a carotenoid made of lycopene, phytoene, phytofluene and tocopherols extracted from specially bred tomatoes, to “protect the skin from harmful UV radiation.” Lycored’s VP of scientific Affairs, Zohar Nir, has said that Lyc-O-Mato is not intended to be a sunscreen replacement, but can be part of a person’s daily regimen to help maintain skin health.
In 2012, British scientists developed a sunscreen pill inspired by coral. Lead researcher Paul Long was quoted saying, “What we have found is that the algae living within the coral makes a compound that we think is transported to the coral, which then modifies it into a sunscreen for the benefit of both the coral and the algae.” They have also seen that fish that feed on the coral have shown benefits from this UV protection as well, leading them to believe it can also protect humans who ingest the compound.
Since these supplements have not been tested or approved by the FDA or the Skin Cancer Foundation, it is ill-advised to rely on these forms of UV protection. At PCA SKIN, we rely on proven science in our sunscreen formulations in order to provide clinicians and their patients with the best in sun protection.
Educating your patients on proper broad spectrum sun protection is vital to their skin health. PCA SKIN’s broad spectrum SPF products have all been approved by the Skin Cancer Foundation’s rigorous testing and follow FDA guidelines. They have been formulated for full protection with a cosmetically elegant feel and the addition of antioxidants for further benefit.