Osmosis Skincare from Colorado claims to have invented a drinkable form of UV protection. Harmonized H2O UV Neutralizer uses a vaguely defined process of “imprinting” water with radio waves. They claim that ingesting two milliliters (less than half a teaspoon) of the product one hour before exposure to the sun will provide up to three hours of protection. It appears, however, that the Food and Drug Administration and the British Skin Foundation do not agree.
In a YouTube video, Osmosis Skincare owner Dr. Ben Johnson claims: “I’ve been working for years on formulas where we are imprinting radio frequency waves on the molecules of water. And, you know, physics will tell you, ‘We’re not sure if you can do that or not.’ We have come up with a system that does that.” He then goes on to claim that he found radio waves that neutralize UVA and UVB waves, in a similar fashion to the way certain sound waves can cancel each other out. “When you ingest this water, it vibrates up to your skin after about an hour, and it vibrates frequencies that neutralize sun!”
The product is available in tanning and non-tanning formulations. According to Dr. Johnson’s blog, “If 2 mls are ingested an hour before sun exposure, the frequencies that have been imprinted on water will vibrate on your skin in such a way as to cancel approximately 97% of the UVA and UVB rays before they even hit your skin.” The website does concede that the product doesn’t seem to work for some people and that there are many mitigating factors, such as the sun’s angle on the body, medications, alcohol consumption and general health.
With the dangers of conventional sunscreens being closely studied, of course we would welcome a safer alternative. But in our rush to find this alternative we should not brush high-school-level biology aside. The manufacturer’s claims for the new product revolve around unproven science. Hermoine Lawson from the British Skin Foundation was quoted by The Daily Mail as saying: “We would advise extreme caution of any product claiming UV protection using methods not supported by clinical research. When it comes to an issue as serious as preventing skin cancer, customer testimonials cannot take the place of scientific evidence, for which this particular product cannot provide.”
The FDA has also not approved the product.