Skin News Flash: There’s No Magic SPF Pill
Who doesn’t want to take the shortcut to beat traffic or get dinner on the table quicker?! But when it comes to protecting your skin from cancer/wrinkle-causing UV rays, there’s no fast fix. We should be wary of oral supplements that claim to act just like sunscreen say representatives at the American Academy of Dermatology. “These pills should not be used as a replacement for sunscreen or sun-protective clothing,” adds Dirk M. Elston, MD. “There is currently no scientific evidence that oral supplements alone can provide an adequate level of protection from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays.”
We’re a positive thinking bunch, so we’ll say maybe one day we’ll be able to simply pop a pill and hit the beach without worry of sunburn (one can dream, right?). But until then, it’s best to take a holistic approach to sun protection–shade, sun-protective clothing, hats, sunglasses, antioxidants and sunscreens (with an SPF of at least 30).
Would you take a sunscreen pill if it were available and worked?