Posts for: June, 2014
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Have you heard that there is a new sunscreen you can drink? Sometimes things that sound too good to be true are exactly that.
Osmosis Skincare’s UV Neutralizer Harmonized Water is a product that claims to provide the equivalent of SPF 30, protecting you from 97% of UVA and UVB rays for up to three hours. How? By "making the water molecules just below the surface of your skin vibrate, emitting frequencies that cancel out the burn-causing frequencies of UVA and UVB radiation." This is according to Ben Johnson, MD, general practitioner and founder of Osmosis Skincare.
Say what? As far as I know, there is no technology that would allow water molecules to vibrate via anything one would ingest. Nor can I conceive of any principle of physics whereby vibrations could interfere with ultraviolet light.
Dr. Johnson concedes that no controlled or randomized trials have been performed. He apparently has had roughly 50 patients try it and feel that it helps.
Until he explains the science and performs studies that show efficacy, I would recommend one not rely on this product to prevent sunburn. My concern is that people might try this and get a severe sunburn which could greatly increase their risk for a potentially fatal melanoma.
But hey, that's just my opinion.