It’s estimated that in the USA, only 14% of men and 30% of women use sunscreen – and about a third of those don’t use nearly enough for adequate protection! With the science of skin care coming on in leaps and bounds, we’ve investigated what the future of sunscreen might look like…
When it comes to sun protection, we’ve all be taught one thing: apply sunscreen, apply it liberally. Wear a hat if you can! Or just stay in the shade…
Visions of pasty white torsos on the beach are synonymous with sun protection, but what if instead of coating yourself with creamy smears, you could protect yourself from the inside out?
Well, that could be the reality soon! Scientist and dermatologists have been developing a drinkable sunblock, which contains a blend of vitamins and compounds that protect your skin from burning. The science behind it? It claims to make the water molecules just below the surface of your skin vibrate, emitting frequencies that cancel out the burn-causing frequencies of the sun.
Seaweed has been known for its skin-enriching qualities for years, making up a high percentage of the face masks, scrubs and creams on the market… but now, scientists believe seaweed could have another valuable health & beauty use – as a natural sunscreen!
A compound in seaweed has been found to protect human skin from the damaging impact of the sun. And because it’s totally natural, it won’t harm the marine life when you take a dip into the ocean. The substance is called Palythine, and has been proven to absorb harmful rays from the sun and protect cells against UV damage. Palythine is also a powerful antioxidant, which gives the skin another layer of protection.
Cyanobacteria are blue-green algae that can live in extremely arid places. They produce compounds that have the ability to cope with high UV radiation and extreme dehydration.
In regards to sun protection, this means that using cyanobacteria in sunscreen could mimic this ability to protect against UV, and have little side effect.
In a recent discovery when studying fish, it’s been suggested that sun-blocking chemicals could be ingested in pill form, rather than applied topically. For humans, applying sunscreen was thought of as the only way to protect us from harmful UV rays, but animals have a much better idea – they make their own sunblock naturally! Scientists have found that in some marine species, the genes of the fish combine an enzyme called EEVS with another protein to make sun-protective chemicals in their own bodies. By mimicking this process with yeast and creating a safe ingestible for humans, they hope that a sunscreen pill is just around the corner…