Dr. Johnson's Corner - July 2012


Osmosis UV Protection H20 Can Provide Sun Protection


Sun Damage

Let's be clear. Unless you have a thick layer of zinc paste on your body, no matter what sun protection you use, you are suffering sun damage with extended time in the sun. When you use sunscreens like octylmethoxycinnamate or benzophenone, no matter what level of sun protection they are reporting (SPF 100, etc), you are sustaining significant sun damage in addition to the added inflammation from the ingredients themselves. "Sunburns" are a physiologic reaction to specific DNA changes that can be prevented by chemical absorption of UVB rays. Please do not confuse a lack of redness with a lack of damage. Collagen, elastin and other forms of skin damage occur with extended time in the sun, whereas "sunburn", redness, and pain are the direct result of the swelling, increased circulation and an inflammatory cascade that were stimulated by the DNA lesion. This creates confusion for all of us, because when we do not see that specific reaction, we assume that damage was avoided. Beyond identifying the advantages and weaknesses of UV water, I want to educate our customers on the proper way to expose yourself to the sun daily, while on vacation and in other extended exposure opportunities.

As the usage of UV Water has expanded, we are learning more about when and where it works best and also where its protection can be exceeded. First, let me say that there do appear to be some people who, for reasons that are not entirely clear, do not get much protection from the product. So we are clear, this is less than 1% of the population but it is worthwhile having everyone start off with a test which also helps them see it's remarkable qualities. The false sense of protection from a chemical UVB sunscreen has us believing that we can stay out all day as long as the visible sunburn never occurs. Full spectrum blocks provide the protection of both UVA and UVB and are an appropriate and adequate way to be out in the sun. Unfortunately, anyone sweating or swimming is stuck with UVB absorbing chemicals even if the bottle says otherwise because they are the only chemicals that are water resistant. Finally I would remind you that the international research by many countries has proven that UVB sunscreens increase the incidence of malignant melanoma by roughly 67%.

Benefits of Water

First we need to mention how beneficial sun exposure is for you. The research is very clear that 30 minutes a day will reduce the risk of many types of cancer, as well as many other medical diseases. We know the benefits of Vitamin D, but the effects are much more beneficial (although poorly understood) than the often celebrated increase in Vitamin D. If one could block just the UVA and UVB components of the sun, like UV Protection Water does, you could argue that the activation of fibroblasts that occurs from the sun could create an anti-aging effect if you kept your exposure under an hour per day.

How it Works

UV Protection Water is an ideal form of sun protection because it promotes tanning and is broad spectrum. 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. This results in coverage for approximately three hours. This is similar to the amount of UV reflection created by SPF 30 titanium/zinc sunblocks but distinctly better than UVB chemical sunscreens which prevent certain damage that leads to the visible/painful/inflammation reaction we identify as sun damage.

While substantial damage occurs to the skin, further inflammation is created when the chemicals themselves become free radicals. Why am I going through all of this? One reason is that many people will find that UV Protection Water will only provide protection for 2-4 hours of total, daily sun exposure. This is dependent upon the time of day, the angle of the sun on the exposed areas and your geographic location (distance to the equator, ozone depletion, etc). The other reason is that we tend to take our skin for granted and allow the presence (or lack thereof) of a "sunburn" to determine what is a healthy amount of sun for the day.

Dosage

UV Protection Water contains frequencies that cancel out UV radiation. They last about three hours and the water should be taken one hour prior to sun exposure (one and a half hours if taken on a full stomach). For some people, the effects can be continued throughout the day by simply repeating the dose after three hours.

However, for many people, their skin is not healthy enough to handle more than 2-3 hours of total exposure in a day. Knowing the power of ultraviolet light, the delicate nature of our cells, the modest quantity of antioxidants and all of the other factors that go into sun damage, this makes sense. If you start to get burned after three hours using UV Protection Water, then you get the benefit of knowing exactly when your skin is failing you. For those using chemical sunscreens, the message is never relayed but the damage continues on throughout the day. Our skin was designed to notify us when we have too much exposure to UVA and UVB rays. Reducing the UVB component on its own would not be harmful (if the ingredients did not cause inflammation themselves) as long as you only stayed out as long as your skin can tolerate unimpeded UVA (which is probably 10 minutes for most of us).

Sun Sensitizing Medication

We have also learned that certain medications that have been identified as "photo-sensitizing" result in little to no sun protection if UV Protection Water is your only form of protection. Click here for a list of sun-sensitizing medications.

I cannot emphasize enough that "photo-sensitivity" from medication is EXTREMELY damaging to your skin when you are exposed to the sun. It is not simply the concept that you can get a burn more easily, it is that your skin is sustaining tremendous damage, regardless of the sun protection used, that will dramatically age your skin and significantly increase your chance of skin cancer formation over time. Essentially all of these medicaitons, while likely having varying effects on the skin's repair system, will prevent the proper and normal recovery from the many damaging effects of the sun.

Testing for Your Skin

So, how should you proceed with UV Protection Water? Start with assessing your daily medications. Compare these medications to the list of sun-sensitizing medications. You may find that you are taking medications, such as ibuprofen, that indicate you should get less sun exposure that day. Next, do a body part test. Go out into the sun an hour after ingesting UV Protection Water. Use a traditional broad spectrum sunblock or clothes to cover all areas while leaving a small area such as an arm or foot exposed to test. Remain in the sun for an hour. This will determine if the water is effective for you and give you the confidence to exposure your whole body the next outing. Remember that any exercise that increases your heart rate over 100 bpm (beats per minute) for an extended time, will result in the utilization of those frequencies and you will need to take another dose and wait another hour before re-exposing yourself.

The angle of your body parts in relation to the sun will determine what areas get burned first. Shoulders, foreheads and noses are easily burned because they are the most perpendicular to the sun's rays and therefore absorb more of them. When you lay out in the sun, you are creating the same effect, so keep in mind that walking around will likely give you more time in the sun than laying around except for the shoulders and other areas mentioned. Excessive alcohol consumption may mean that the sun protection is a little less effective that day. This is true for chemical sunscreens and sunblocks as well. The difference is that chemical sunscreens will mask the damage by not allowing your body to generate the healing response we call a sunburn. Responsible sun exposure, using UV Protection Water,is good for you. Don't let yourself get burned!

Key Points

  1. UV exposure to bare skin regardless of the sun protection should never exceed 4 hours a day if possible, because the skin is simply not designed to handle it.
  2. Chemical UVB sunscreens inflame the skin while inhibiting the skin's repair response/warning sign that is normally generated (aka sunburn) even though tremendous damage is still happening. Therefore, chemical sunscreens should be avoided.
  3. There are an amazing number of drugs that cause sun-sensitivity and you should make every effort to get off of these medications because they result in an inability for your skin to heal itself after sun exposure which increases aging, damage and cancer risk dramatically.
  4. Sun-sensitizing drugs including birth-control pills affect people differently. UV Protection Water will not stop the sunburn response in those people with substantial immunosuppression from medication but may work fine for many on those medications. Therefore, a test is always recommended.
  5. Everyone should start off using UV Protection Water by leaving one body part exposed to the sun for an hour to see that it is working and then carefully determine how long they can safely stay in the sun before getting burned in subsequent tests. Most people will be able to get three hours of direct sun exposure, continuous or over the course of several hours with a second dose if they are healthy and not taking sun-sensitizing medications.

We always welcome your comments and look forward to hearing about your experience. Thank you for your continued partnership with Osmosis.

Sincerely,

Ben Johnson, MD
Ben Johnson, MD


Dr. Ben Johnson, MD