While it may sound distasteful, a dermatologist from Greece has found the ultimate key to UV protection—and it involves drinking your sunscreen.
Before you go reaching into last weekend’s beach bag and downing a bottle of Banana Boat, know that actual lotion is not to be ingested—that would be gross! However, Greek dermatologist Bobby Awadalla has invented UVO, a “sun protective drink” that comes in an orange peach flavor and shields you from the sun’s harmful rays.
Despite the fact that I would never trust a medical professional who chooses to go by “Bobby Awadalla” as opposed to “Robert Awadalla,” (Think about it, which name sounds more legit?!) the board-certified dermatologist claims UVO “blocks both UVA and UVB rays from damaging the skin, but does so using natural pigments to absorb them, and other mechanisms to decrease the damage they cause.”
According to UVO’s website, the drink supplement contains vitamins A, C, D, E, and a cocktail of other sun-protective ingredients including niacin, folate, biotin, zinc, and selenium.
Directions say drinking UVO 30 minutes before sun exposure provides 3-5 hours of protection, while drinking UVO immediately after over-exposure helps soothe the skin from sun damage. UVO also includes a “beautification” process, which claims that you can drink it daily to repair long-term damage from the sun. A single serving of the drink retails at $4.99.
While Awadalla believes in his new product, he still recommends wearing sunscreen and a pair of sunglasses in addition to drinking UVO, as a disclaimer on his website currently reads: “There is currently no scientific evidence that oral supplements alone can provide an adequate level of protection from the sun’s damaging UV rays.”
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, only 14 percent of men and 29 percent of women use sunscreen regularly. While applying lotion before hitting the beach is a pain in the ass, it still sounds better than drinking your sunscreen.