Drinkable sunscreen is turning up in many forms, but does it work?

TULSA - Could the summer’s hottest cocktail be sunscreen? 

Several companies are claiming to have developed drinkable sunscreens. One claims their product provides protection comparable to an SPF 30 lotion. 

Does this ingestible sunscreen work? Or, are we all just getting burned?

Renee Best and Kathryn Longell are twins settling in for an afternoon of sunbathing. Renee put sunscreen on her body.  Kathryn drank the new ingestible sunscreen.

Longell asked her sister, “How’s that sweat mixing with that sun tan lotion?"

Best replied, “I feel very slimy.”

The idea of drinkable sunscreen is catching on around the world. 

Dr. Panos Vasiloudes, who is a dermatologist, said “It’s a very exciting subject to talk about.” 

Dr. Vasiloudes researched the topic and shares a list currently in development, first is a melon extract out of France. 

“It’s supposed to have some sort of antioxidant and protective function.” 

The next product is called heliocare.  It’s derived from an aquatic plant extract in Central and South America. 

Dr. Vasiloudes said, “Based on my understanding, and calling around some authorities that I know in Europe, there is something to it.”

There is also a product called lycored.  It’s based on tomato extract and is produced in Israel.  Another product is H2O. Yes, it’s water, but not just any water.  Osmosis Skin Care’s new UV neutralizer harmonized water is supposed to block UVA and UVB rays. 

Dr. Ben Johnson, the water’s maker said, “I have a device that really no one else in the world has.  It’s the secret radio frequency generating box that we put water into.”

Since this product is available right now in the United States 2NEWS decided to do an unscientific test. 

Best used sunscreen lotion and Longell drank the harmonized water.  She said she followed the instructions and added two milliliters to two ounces of water and drank it about an hour before going out in the sun. 

After sunbathing for at least an hour Longell said, “I thought I was going to come out here and it would be like sitting in the shade or something but I’m definitely seeing redness in my arms.”

Hours later, both Best and Longell took pictures showing their sun exposure.  Both said they don’t think the oral sunscreen worked.

Dr. Johnson said, “We actually haven’t had a failure.” 

But Dr. Vasiloudes isn’t surprised by our results. “The mainstream dermatologists do not believe as of today we have credible research to support oral sunscreen.” 

Longell added, “I would be looking for a refund or it would go in the back of the cabinet never to be seen again.”

A representative with the company tells us that there are several medications that can interfere with the effectiveness of the product.  This includes different types of birth control.  In those instances the company said the waters may result in little to no sun protection if it is your only form of protection and you are on a sun-sensitizing medication.

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