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Oral sunscreen tablets: All you need to know

All you need to know about sunscreen capsules!

Exposure to ultraviolet light and visible radiation is detrimental to all skin types. We can't, therefore stop emphasizing on the importance of sunscreen for summers! Frequently cited reasons for not using sun protection are the inconvenience of using a sunscreen, the sunscreen feeling too sticky, forgetting to use a sunscreen, protective clothing being uncomfortable or too hot to wear.

'The introduction of a naturally occurring oral supplement provides an acceptable alternative for protecting the skin from UV damage. Polypodium Leucotomos (PL) is a south American species of fern. For many years, extracts of this fern has been used for many skin conditions like psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, polymorphic light

eruption. As an antioxidant, PL neutralizes free radicals, protecting the cells from direct damage,' said Dr Apratim Goel dermatologist and laser surgeon, Director of Cutis skin studio, Mumbai.

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How do you use it?

PL has to be taken orally, 30 minutes before sun exposure. 2 capsules should be taken on a day of regular sun exposure. The capsule should be taken daily.

Dosage Approximately 240 mg to 480 mg.

Is it safe?

'PL has been used in Europe , America and other parts of the world for over 20 years without any side effects being

reported.'

What are the brands available in India?

Heliocare, Hydralife, O screen- They are available in combination with various other ingredients like vitamin C, B3, lycopene etc which enhances its antioxidant effect. Capsules with only LP are also available. 'It is easily available at various chemists or with your dermatologist.'

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