Company selling world’s first drinkable sunscreen?

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

Experts are worried kids will mistakenly think ALL sunscreen is safe to consume.

Now that summer is just around the corner, it’s important to protect our skin from the Sun’s bright rays with a thick layer of sunscreen. Lathering on that messy white goo can be really annoying, which is probably why a British company created Harmonised H20 UV, a sunscreen you can drink! This is a product summer lovers everywhere have been waiting for, but according to experts, it might be too good to be true.

The company claims their sunscreen works from the inside out. All a person has to do is drink 2 mL (about half a teaspoon) every 3 hours to experience full protection from the Sun. Apparently, the molecules inside of the product vibrate and counteract the waves produced by sunrays. This supposedly magical formula comes in two versions: traditional non-tanning – for those who want full protection from sunburns, and tanning – for individuals who want their skin to turn a nice glowing brown after baking outside.

According to experts, however, consumers should err on the side of caution if they’re thinking about using this product. That’s because scientists say there’s simply no way for a company to produce molecules that vibrate effectively enough to cancel out sunrays. “Everything in our body vibrates at its own frequency anyway and, as far as I know, nobody has found a way to change that,” says dermatologist (skin doctor) Rang Singh. Scientists are also worried that kids will hear words like “drinkable sunscreen” and accidentally eat lotion that’s unfit to consume.

So, even though a company is producing drinkable sunscreen, it may not the best way to protect against damaging sunrays. You’ll be much better off laying thick gobs of sunscreen on your skin, even if it seems like a sticky chore!

Featured image courtesy of Robert S. Donovan on Flickr. Image of child courtesy of Bruvyman on Flickr.