SPF in a pill?!

posted on: August 11, 2015

SPF in a Pill?! Best supplements for your skin: Heliocare. The White Coat Treatment

Earlier this month, I went to Las Vegas to attend the SDPA Annual Dermatology Conference. During one of the break-out sessions, I was introduced to HELIOCARE®’, a daily dietary supplement that contains extract from “Polypodium leucotomos (PLE), a fern native to Central and South America that has been used for centuries as a remedy for skin related conditions.” PLE is a plant filled with anti-oxidants that created its own form of sun protection, once it adapted from a water plant to a land plant.

“HELIOCARE®’s active extract contains antioxidants, which aid in eliminating free radicals produced by sun exposure.”

What does anti-oxidants have to do with Sun damage? Rays from the sun can cause the release of free radicals, and that PLE extract in the pill has anti-oxidants which combat those free radicals, halting any possibility of causing damage.

Note: this is not a sunscreen, but rather something that should be taken in addition to applying a daily sunscreen.  Why not throw another pill in your morning vitamin routine?

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Note: I have not personally tried this product yet as I am currently pregnant and this supplement has not been tested on pregnant women. I can tell you I brought a bottle to Cabo for a bachlorette party I attended and burning of the group was kept to a minimum!