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Supplements Rise in Effective Sun Care

Posted: June 16, 2008

With demand for increasingly effective sunscreens and sun care products growing increasingly important, CosmeticsDesign.com took a look at a number of recent studies that highlight the efficacy of supplements. As consumers become increasingly aware of the dangers of sun burn, more and more people are searching out technologically advanced solutions, with current offerings ranging from nano-derived sunscreens to natural-based solutions such as cuttlefish extract.

However, in recent months there has been a growing band of evidence to suggest that supplements could also be a serious new contender within the fast-growing sun care segment.

Beta-carotene supplements

Data from a number of studies was pooled and published last month in the journal Photochemistry and Photobiology regarding the efficacy of beta-carotene supplements.

"This meta-analysis indicates that beta-carotene supplementation of humans is effective in providing protection against the development of a sunburn reaction," wrote Wolfgang Kopcke from Munster University Hospital and Jean Krutmann from the Heinrich-Heine-University in Dusseldorf.