Drinkable sunscreen? Does ingestible sunscreen work or are we getting burned?

Women test drinkable sunscreen

Renee Best and Kathryn Longell are twins settling in for an afternoon of sunbathing.  One put sunscreen on her body. One drank a new ingestible sunscreen. Yes, you heard right, a sunscreen you drink.

The idea of drinkable sunscreen is catching on around the world. “It's a very exciting subject to talk about," said Dr. Panos Vasiloudes, a dermatologist with Academic Alliance in Tampa who has researched the topic and shares this list currently in development.

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First, melon extract out of France. “It's supposed to have some sort of antioxidant and protective function,” he said.

Next, a product called Heliocare, derived from an aquatic plant extract in Central and South America. Dr. Vasiloudes says, “Based on my understanding and calling around some authorities that I know in Europe, there is something to it.” 

Three -  Lycored. Dr. Vasiloudes says it’s based on tomato extract and produced in Israel.

And finally H-2-0 - yes - 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 is the creator. “I have a device that really no one else in the world has. It's the secret radio frequency generating bombarding box that we put the water into to,” said Dr. Johnson.

Since this product is available right now in the United States, we decided to do our own unscientific test.

Re-enter - Renee and Kathryn.  Renee used sunscreen on her body and Kathryn drank the harmonized water, saying she followed the instructions and added 2 milliliters to 2 ounces of water, drinking it about an hour before she went into the sun. 

They sunbathed for at least an hour. “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,” Kathryn said.

Hours later, both Renee and Kathryn took these pictures and say they don't think the oral sunscreen worked.

Dr. Ben Johnson says, “We actually haven't had a failure.”

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

Kathryn was disappointed, saying she didn't feel the $30 cost would be money well spent. “I would be looking for a refund, or it would go in the back of the cabinet never to be seen again," she said.

We contacted Dr. Ben Johnson for a response to our unscientific test and have not heard back yet, but earlier he told us he's about to start an official, independent clinical trial later this month.

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