Itâ€™s hard to rub sunscreen on every single part of your body. And the spray SPF always results in weird, uneven streaks of sunburn. So, sunscreen pills, which claim to offer full-body coverage and defense against both UVA and UVB rays, sound like a total skin-saver, right?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a statement saying that these edible products are â€œmisleading consumers and putting people at risk.â€
One popular brand of edible sunscreen, Sunsafe Rx, claims to have ingredients that protect your skin and eyes from the sun. According to their website, â€œSunsafe Rx uses specific ingredients, isolated from foods and plants, which extensive scientific research shows can promote your skinâ€™s natural defenses against UV rays. These powerful antioxidants help your body quench free radicals created by ultraviolet radiation before they can do extensive damage.â€
The FDA wants people to know that a dietary supplement canâ€™t prevent sunburn, reduce early skin aging caused by the sun, or protect from the risks of skin cancer. A dietary supplement is exactly what it implies: something to supplement your usual diet or skincare routine. By only taking this supplement and not applying physical sunscreen, you are not protected from harmful UV rays.
A few companies were called out in the press release for giving people a â€œfalse sense of securityâ€ and have all been instructed to review and revise their productâ€™s claims.
The press release stated, â€œwe sent warning letters to companies illegally marketing pills and capsules labeled as dietary supplements that make unproven drug claims about protecting consumers from the harms that come from sun exposure without meeting the FDAâ€™s standards for safety and effectiveness.
â€œThese companies marketing products called Advanced Skin Brightening Formula, Sunsafe Rx, Solaricare, and Sunergetic are putting peopleâ€™s health at risk by giving consumers a false sense of security that a dietary supplement could prevent sunburn, reduce early skin aging caused by the sun, or protect from the risks of skin cancer. These companies were instructed to correct all violations associated with their products and were advised to review product websites and product labeling to ensure that the claims they are making donâ€™t violate federal law.â€
Legitimate sunscreens come as lotions, creams, sticks, and sprays. The American Academy of Dermatology wants you to get the most bang for your buck. Before purchasing, make sure the label on your sunscreen says:
Apply at least one ounce of sunscreen (the amount you can hold in your palm) on all exposed areas of the body at least every two hours to remain protected from sun damage.
Sinclair Broadcast Group is committed to the health and well-being of our viewers, which is why we initiated Sinclair Cares. Every month weâ€™ll bring you information about the â€œCause of the Month,â€ including topical information, education, awareness, and prevention. July is UV Awareness Month.