Thursday, June 25, 2009

Using a Pill for Sunblock?

Potentially deadly skin cancer and premature wrinkles are just two of the reasons sun is bad for our skin. The best way to avoid sun damage is with regular use of sunscreen. But is there more we can do? Maybe.
One product is Advanced Skin Brightening Formula by GliSODin. The manufacturer says just take two of the rather large pills each day and you can “enhance the strength of your topical sunscreens and not have to worry about reapplying after a dip in the pool”. Does this sound too good to be true? We asked internist Dr. Robert Zaid to take a look.
He told us it’s not exactly sunscreen in a pill. Dr. Zaid said, “This medication works on the inside to reduce the damage done by the skin.”
Specifically, it promises to reduce skin reddening from the sun and photo aging.
“When the sun hits us we have what’s called oxidative stress, “ according to Dr. Zaid. “Basically there’s damage to the DNA which can then cause cancer. It doesn’t protect you from that. From behind the scenes, it’s trying to minimize the damage done by the sun.”
But Dr. Zaid says the best ways to minimize damage, are the ones we already know.
“Avoid sun from 11am to 3pm, when its strongest.
Wear SPF 15 or greater and wear protective clothing on your skin.”
Bottom line – the product isn’t likely to hurt you… and it may provide some benefit. But it’s not time to throw away your sunscreen.
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