The sun can do a lot of nasty things to your skin. Unprotected sun exposure can greatly increase your chances of developing one of the three most common skin cancers, and have devastating impact on your skin’s youthfulness and beauty. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to keep your skin safe these days. You may think you’ve heard it all when it comes to sun protection, but have you heard of the new product a company claims is drinkable sunscreen? While it’s great that manufacturers are trying to make it easier to protect your skin, does drinkable sunscreen work? Is it a practical option for sun protection? Let’s take a look at the claims behind the formula.
Osmosis Skincare’s new product, “UV Neutralizer Harmonized Water” is a purified water solution said to be formulated with “vibrational waves” that protect skin from UV rays–from the inside out. The water comes in two formulas: Tan-Enhancing, and No Tan-Enhancing (a split that causes concern immediately, as tanning is harmful to the skin). To use the product, 2 ml of solution is put into 2 ounces of water, then consumed. The UV-neutralizing effects are supposed to last about three hours, depending on body weight.
Does It Work?
Experts are highly skeptical of the solution–and justifiably so. The company has not had the product evaluated by the FDA and features no active ingredients on the bottle label. While the developer claims that the solution tests at about 30 SPF, dermatologists are unconvinced. If research backs up the claims in the future, the product may be worth considering, but most experts do not believe that it is possible a drinkable sunscreen could produce such dramatic protection from UV rays.
Keeping Your Skin Young
The best way to prevent accelerated aging from the sun, of course, is to protect yourself from UV rays. You probably already know that tanning is a dangerous activity that is bad for your skin, but it’s more difficult to avoid unintentional damage. It’s easy to forget to proactively take care of your skin, but doing so is very important for its appearance and health later in life. While drinkable sunscreen is an appealing and convenient idea, traditional methods are stillthe most practical and cost-effective options at this stage. Be sure to keep using sunscreen diligently, stay out of direct sun, and don’t forget your sunglasses and hat! It’s important to be wary even indoors if you’re near a window, or in your car. Window films are available to help reduce UV radiation if you want to protect your skin even more.
Protecting your skin may seem like an inconvenience, but it will help you look younger longer and reduce your cancer risk. If your skin has already suffered sun damage, there are options for treatment available. Reputable cosmetic dermatologists offer procedures such as laser resurfacing, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, fillers, and Ultherapy®, among others. These treatments offer a range of benefits, treating sun-related aging problems such as discoloration, sagging skin, wrinkles, and poor skin quality.
Which Treatments Are Right for You?
The number of different options for skin rejuvenation can be overwhelming. If you don’t know which procedure you are most interested in, talking to an expert dermatologist is the best way to explore your options. Depending on your skin type and condition, you may need a combination of treatments to get the results you desire.
Even if your skin is still healthy, beautiful, and undamaged, it’s a good idea to see a dermatologist to establish a skincare routine and get advice for ongoing skin health and wellness. To learn more about anti-aging treatments or general skincare, come to Miami and meet with acclaimed dermatologists Dr. Stacy Chimento and Dr. Diane Walder. Both are expert cosmetic dermatologists and are standing by to help you keep your skin looking great. To get personalized advice, call their office today at 305-866-2177 to schedule your appointment.