I’m pretty fair. Not the kind of fair you should exhibit while playing board games either. I’m very light skinned. It’s safe to say that my ancestors did not come
from anywhere close to the equator. I spent many of my growing up years in the Pacific Northwest where overexposure to the sun was rare, so when I first moved to Florida I did some damage to my skin before coming to my senses. I don’t even like the heat here, so I usually stay out of the sun. When I am out for longer, I find that second application of SPF later in the day a little difficult to do once I am sweating or wet. So when I started hearing about new ways to achieve UV protection internally, I wanted to know more. Being the fair skeptic I am, I decided I was the best tester of this new technology.
The first product is a “harmonized water” from Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare. Harmonized waters, simply put are radiofrequency stacked water molecules. According to the Company, this “innovative new technology isolates the precise frequencies needed to protect you from UV rays” and gives the user UV 30 protection. Delivered in a dropper bottle similar to a homeopathic remedy, 2ml of the water should be taken one hour before sun exposure and every 4 hours thereafter.
The second, a supplement called Heliocare from Biopelle, “works to protect skin structure and immune response and
provides daily defense against the UV photo aging process. Heliocare acts as a scavenger to mop up free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS), particularly superoxide anions”. The main ingredient is Fernblock™ – a powerful oral antioxidant from a tropical fern species. It works in several important ways to reduce the damaging effects of UV radiation. I like this one. It has 12 years of good research behind it. Much like the Harmonized Water, Heliocare must be taken prior to exposure (30 minutes) and every four hours thereafter while in the sun.
For my test, I decide to combine these two together and get the maximum amount of UV protection I can. I’m ready to offer up my lily-white self in the name of science. For this test, I decide not to wear sunscreen (please do not try this at home). Altogether, I got a total of about 4 hours of sun exposure that bright, hot afternoon and while I got a little color, I did not burn. The color I did get had no sensation to it whatsoever. While the jury is still out on what this means to us long-term, I think these are wonderful UV protection tools for those who are very fair, sensitive to the sun or whose work and recreation finds them in the sun on a regular basis. Personally, I’ll be using these two consistently this summer, but will also wear my topical sunscreen. I’ll just be able to relax and know that I am well protected.