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?