When we started to see sunscreen supplements and even drinkable sunscreens pop up on the market the first thought that rushed through our minds was, “OMG is this what the future looks like?” That thought was quickly followed by, “Wait—that can’t be right.” But regardless of our internal thought process, they’re here. (And we don’t mean sunscreen you can apply to your skin and also eat—like some sort of chocolate lipstick—we mean sunscreen you swallow instead of putting it on your skin.) So the real question is can sunscreen-loathing souls now rejoice in their freedom from slathering on titanium dioxide, or is so-called edible sunscreen more science fiction than actual science?
Keep reading to find out what’s available and whether or not you can really forego slathering on sunscreen!
Even though they’re all antioxidants, they’re not exactly the same. In your body, astaxanthin works a little differently than lycopene—taken together they offer even more protection. Since these products are considered herbal supplements and not drugs, they aren’t required to go through the FDA approval process. The ones discussed above, however, all are supported by clinical trials and research. One important limitation of these supplements is that they are supplemental. Oral antioxidants do bump up your protection from the sun, but not more than a few notches. Use them to enhance the effects of your sunscreen, not in place of it. If you come across any edible sunscreens that sound too good to be true (like one that promises to give you a sun protection factor of 30 instantly), it probably is—scratch that, it definitely is.
Would you pop a pill to up your protection from the sun? Share your thoughts below!