Joel Schlessinger MD discusses drinkable sunscreen

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses drinkable sunscreen

Applying sunscreen is an important defense against damaging UV rays, but many people resist this skin care step or simply forget to apply as they head out the door. The recent creation of the drinkable sunscreen UVO may be a way to encourage people to add sun protection to their daily regimen. Joel Schlessinger, MD responds to this new form of sun protection, which was detailed in an article titled “Drink your sunscreen? O.C. doctor says product protects from inside, some advise caution” published by The Orange County Gazette.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains drinkable sunscreen.

Protecting your body from the inside out is not a new idea. “This concept has been around for at least 12 years, starting with Heliocare, polypodium leucotomas,” Dr. Schlessinger explains. Sun-protection pills such as Heliocare gradually improve the body’s natural defense against UV rays. Heliocare contains a potent antioxidant extract that helps the skin maintain immune response against sun damage. These tablets are the only oral dietary supplements known to provide overall protection against photoaging. In addition to its sun protection benefits, Heliocare also protects skin’s elastin for a more youthful appearance.

UVO, the drinkable sunscreen created by Dr. Bobby Adwalla, follows similar principles. In an effort to make sun protection more convenient and palatable, Dr. Adwalla created a drinkable formula that combines 30 vitamins, phytonutrients and antioxidants to help skin absorb UV rays and decrease the damage of sunburns.  Clinical trials suggest a 12-ounce bottle of UVO provides three to five hours of protection. “I will be looking into UVO and expect to see more of these on the market over time,” says Dr. Schlessinger.

Ingestible sun protection is not a replacement for sunscreen, explains Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Ingestible sun protection products such as EVO or Heliocare are intended to make sunscreen more appealing for daily use but should always be used in tandem with other protective measures. “While these aren’t a replacement for sunscreen,” says Dr. Joel Schlessinger, “they are a great addition to a regimen and can mean the difference between burning and not burning.”

If you do use an ingestible sun protection product, Dr. Schlessinger recommends that you also apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 is a non-greasy, lightweight sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection against UV rays. This paraben-free, oil-free and fragrance-free formula wears wonderfully under makeup and prevents signs of photoaging such as wrinkles and dark spots. For your more active days, Dr. Schlessinger recommends EltaMD UV Sport Water-Resistant Broad-Spectrum SPF 50. This formula protects against the sun while hydrating your complexion. It is also fragrance-free, paraben-free and non-comedogenic.  In addition to wearing sunscreen, avoid being outside when the sun is at its peak, and continue to wear clothing and hats that will protect you from UV rays.

Do you have a question about ingestible sun protection products for Dr. Joel Schlessinger? Let us know in the comments section.


About drjoelschlessinger

Dr. Joel Schlessinger is a dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon based in Omaha, NE.

Posted on August 20, 2015, in Dr. Joel Schlessinger in the Media. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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