Can taking a simple pill protect your body and skin from the harmful rays of the
sun? Does that sound too good to be true? Well, there’s a surge of opportunistic
supplement marketers out there who want you to believe sunscreen pills are the
most effective way to protect your skin from the sun. But recent FDA bans to
vitamin and online store-owners dictates that along with these pills should come with a clear warning that they’re not nearly as effective as a sunscreen.
Some popular sunscreen pills are making lofty promises on social media
platforms like Instagram, Facebook and, YouTube, boasting benefits like...
- Wrinkle Prevention
- Increased Radiance
- Even Skin Tones
Some companies even blatantly state that sunscreen pills have a broad-
spectrum protection from UVB and UVA rays. Other compelling selling claims
state that sunscreen pills provide continuous full body coverage from the inside.
Not surprisingly, however, the FDA has mandated that these companies not only
remove sunscreen pills from websites, but also warn the public that they are
being misled by their products and putting their health at risk.
Furthermore, dermatologists are very concerned with the sunscreen pill trend
because they are currently available and accessible to everyone online. Many of
these doctors firmly believe there is no such thing as a pill that can protect you
from sunburns, sun damage, or skin cancer as a result of the sun’s potentially
harmful rays. The biggest concern being that sunscreen pills give users a false
sense of security, that may encourage people to forgo sunscreen and protective
clothing because they think they are protected by pills.
While these pills don’t provide the broad-spectrum protection they claim to, they
may offer some benefits. The pills are formulated to help protect our bodies from
the inside, using vitamins and antioxidants that we may not get enough of in our
day-to-day diet. Antioxidants do help protect our bodies against damaging free radicals, but they can’t compare to protective clothing and broad-spectrum
sunscreen when it comes to sun damage.
Even if they can’t prevent sunburns, some sunscreen pills have shown promising
benefits of easing the pain associated with them. While this could come in handy,
nothing is as good as not getting a sunburn in the first place. The takeaway is
that there is no supplement or pill out there that can replace sunscreen, a hat or
protective clothing. So don’t buy into the hype that has everyone headed outside
without proper sun protection.
The best practice for healthy skin this summer is to stay out of the sun’s rays around noon, keep skin mostly covered and wear a wide-brimmed hat when outside for long periods of time. Make sure you stay hydrated when you are out, and wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen anywhere your skin is exposed. Always remember it should be applied every two hours or when you get in and out of the water.