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16 Jun

Can Drinkable Sunscreen Save Your Skin?

Posted by Bikini Owner

We all love summer, but one of the most difficult things about the season is the unavoidable risk of sunburn. Now that we’re well into spring, we are turning our attention to sun protection. While we should be wearing sunscreen year-round, many of us do not think about it until it’s bikini season. We recently came across a product promising consumers that two capfuls of the product will be adequate to protect you from all of the sun’s harmful rays. Could this really be the next skincare elixir?

Harmonized H20 Drinkable Sunscreen, founded by Dr. Ben Johnson, claims to be water imprinted with harmonizing frequencies that actually cancel out UVA and UVB rays that cause skin cancer. Johnson claims that if you drink 2 ml before venturing outside, Harmonized H20 will block 97% of the sun’s harmful rays by offsetting the different frequency of the environment.  The company even suggests that their product could enhance tanning in people who otherwise get blistering sunburns. It is supposed to take effect within 30 minutes and last for 3 hours. A 100 ml bottle retails for $30.

What's the catch? It sounds like a completely ideal product, but these claims have yet to be backed up by science. Harmonized H20 does not claim to be approved by the FDA, nor do they insist that this is anything but a homeopathic cure. Johnson has stated that the product is exempt from FDA measures because it is not making any SPF claims like a typical sunscreen. The product does not have a patent and it doesn’t help that the website sells other miracle products that promise incredible results. Still, if this drinkable sunscreen does work, or if anything like this is remotely possible, people will be ditching their sprays and creams faster then it takes to reapply. 

In an interview with Marie Claire, Johnson said, “I expected a lot of criticism. Anything groundbreaking, especially with this cutting-edge science, is going to get a lot of resistance. People are passionate about sun protection, as am I, and once they get past the ‘this can’t be possible’ phase, hopefully they will experience it for themselves.”

In the same article, Dr. Adam Friedmann, a dermatologist, agreed that perhaps it is possible to create a product that does what Harmonized H2O promises its consumers, but he doesn't believe that it has been created yet. He said, “Potentially a consumable product might be formulated, but I suspect it would only protect from UV penetration by causing increased melanin production.”

But Consumer Reports is skeptical of Harmonized H2O. Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D., Director of Consumer Safety and Sustainability with Consumers Union (the company that publishes Consumer Reports) told the Boston Globe, “That seems crazy. I don’t think people should be relying on unproven ways of protecting themselves.”

Instead, Rangan suggests using sunscreen lotions over sprays. Many spray sunscreens present a risk to the user if inhaled because most contain titanium dioxide, which can cause cancer when inhaled. Also, any sunscreens with oxybenzone are a bad idea and should be avoided. She also recommends eating spinach, berries, tomatoes, and foods rich in antioxidants because they help repair skin damage from the sun. Read more of her helpful tips and see which sunscreens had the highest consumer ratings. 

What's your take on drinkable sunscreen? Are you willing to ditch your lotion? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!