Heliocare Sunscreen Pill

Beauty in Seattle on 4 Sep 2006 at 12:00am

For those of you who don’t like the mess of applying sunscreen lotions, there’s a sunscreen pill. It’s called Heliocare and is an oral food supplement that works from the inside out. Heliocare is also goes by the name of Sun Vitamins and is made from the extract of a South American fern, Polypodium leucotomos, whose common name is calaguala. The other two key ingredients in Heliocare are green tea extract and beta-carotene.

Limited clinical studies indicate that the extract from this fern has some merit in preventing sunburn and skin aging due to sun damage (also known as wrinkles), as well as skin cancers that result from exposure to UVA and UVB radiation.

Heliocare is a capsule containing 240 mg. of the fern extract and is taken once a day, in the morning. It should be used in combination with a high SPF sunscreen lotion or sunscreen towelettes for maximum protection. In other words it’s not a stand alone remedy against damaging UV rays. The benefits are that it seems to repair the skin from the damage caused by sun exposure and because it’s high in antioxidants, Heliocare helps soak up the ultraviolet ray induced free radicals generated by sun exposure.

Heliocare is considered a food supplement and not a drug so it is not approved or regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Nonetheless this is a product I’d consider trying.