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Edible Sunscreen To Be Taken Off Shelves

Edible Sunscreen To Be Taken Off Shelves

There’s now a pill in the US that supposedly protects skin and eyes from the sun. The FDA has already issued warnings about the pills but New York Senator Chuck Schumer wants them to be taken off shelves altogether.

Edible Sunscreen To Be Taken Off Shelves

Sunsafe Rx claims to be “a nutritional supplement with ingredients shown to protect your skin and eyes from the sun.” Apparently, talking one capsule per day helps provide natural, healthy, anti-aging protection from UV rays.

Marketed as being “the single most important anti–aging product you ever use”, Sunsafe Rx talks a big game. Their website is full of user reviews claiming that the product really works, paired with images of beautiful people who supposedly endorse the product.

Sunsafe Rx apparently works using specific ingredients, isolated from foods and plants, which extensive scientific research shows can promote your skin’s natural defenses against UV rays. These powerful antioxidants supposedly help your body quench free radicals created by ultraviolet radiation before they can do extensive damage.

But does it actually work?

Although Sunsafe Rx is confident it does, the FDA and New York senator Chuck Schumer say otherwise.

In fact, last month, the FDA sent a stern warning to the public that these pills were “misleading consumers and putting people at risk”, naming Sunsafe Rx among four companies which “make unproven drug claims about protecting consumers from the harms that come from sun exposure without meeting the FDA’s standards for safety and effectiveness”. The FDA sent letters to each of the companies asking them to rethink the way the products are being marketed.

Chuck Schumer feels very passionately that these pills should be banned from shelves, saying in a speech, “Sunscreen pills are a fraud… right now thousands and thousands of Americans are taking these pills and not putting on sunscreen. And they are endangering themselves.”

Although they claim that the pill “fights free-radicals, protecting your skin from both UVA and UVB rays” the FAQ section on Sunsafe Rx’s website contradicts this, saying, “Even though the ingredients in Sunsafe Rx are intended to help your body naturally defend itself against the sun and mitigate some of the damage done to your skin while in the sun, anyone that is in the sun long enough will eventually get burned. It is recommended that everyone who is in the sun for a prolonged period of time use protective clothing and/or a non-toxic sunscreen lotion.”

It seems the pill has bitten off a little more than it can chew, putting Americans at real risk of irreversible skin damage. There’s currently no available product taken orally is FDA-approved as an alternative to sunscreen, and it seems, for now, that it should stay that way.

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