Drinkable sunscreen? Some skeptical

Product to undergo testing soon

A new drinkable sunscreen is on the market, and makers say it has a “defense comparable to an SPF 30.”

Creator of Osmosis Skincare’s UV Neutralizer Harmonized Water says by drinking 2 milliliters with 2 ounces of water, you can protect yourself from approximately 97 percent of UVA and UVB rays for up to three hours.

One would take the first dose in the morning before going into the sun. The dosage varies by weight, so for example, a 76- to 175-pound person would take 2 mL, but a person who weighs 175 to 250 pounds would take 3 mL.

Dr. Ben Johnson, president of Harmonized Water and CEO of Osmosis Skin Care, says he had an epiphany that if people could create sound-cancelation for headphones, why couldn’t he create something to cancel out UV rays?

“I don’t think the current chemical sunscreens are safe and I would not use them on my family if at all possible,” he said, noting that he was inspired to make the product to protect his family.

The 3.38-ounce bottle is available online for $30 in tan enhancing and no tan enhancing formulas. It works by making the water molecules below the surface of your skin vibrate, which isolates the frequencies needed to neutralize the UV radiation that often cause burning.

Does it really work?

Johnson says those interested should try the product by drinking the water, putting regular sunscreen on their body and leaving a part of the body exposed. After going in the sun for an hour, if the area doesn’t burn then you will know if the produce will work for you.

He notes that the product comes with some limitations: for those doing intensive exercise outdoors or taking sun-sensitive medications which may have compromised their immune systems, they should use alternative protection.

The company notes that approximately 98 percent of people will be protected by this technology and the healthier the immune system, the longer one’s skin can stay in the sun. Johnson said that some people have had better performance than others.

The water has been on the market for 2 years and will be undergoing clinical trials in June, where 30 patients will be asked to sit outside from noon to 1 p.m. and monitor their skin. The product was initially tested on Johnson’s family members and friends.

“I hope it will become the standard of care for those who trust it,” Johnson said. “All you have to do is test it.”

Johnson said that once the research is released, people will be wondering how this is possible, but urges people to try it for themselves.

“It’s a new science and exciting. There’s still a lot for me to still learn about scalar waves for the body,” he said. ”We’re doing things that mainstream scientists say are not possible. With any new science, there’s harsh resistance at the beginning.”

Dermatologists’ point of view

The American Academy of Dermatology issued a statement stating “the drink should not be used as replacement for sunscreen or sun-protective clothing."

The AAD said there is no scientific evidence that this product provides protection from UV rays. According to the company, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not reviewed the product.

“No one knows what this product actually is. Obviously it has captured the imagination of the media but it does not have any science backing it up,” said Dr. David J. Leffell, of the David Paige Smith Professor of Dermatology and Surgery at Yale School of Medicine. “It is of course possible that products could be developed that one would take internally but why would you expose your whole system to risk of side effects when an external product would work?”

Leffell says the product is “problematic” as it “raises hopes of a simple solution to a problem — sun exposure — that requires ongoing attention.” For the sun, he said, there are “no magic bullets.”

He recommends that people wear a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 that is broad spectrum, reapply every couple of hours while active outdoors, wear a brimmed hat and stay out of the direct sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m..

Currently, sunscreen is the only form of sun protection that is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

“I understand the skepticism, but the proof is in the results.You can’t placebo effect a sunburn,” Johnson said.

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