Yes, yes, SPF is life. I’ve been told, time and time again, that I need to wear sunscreen every single day, even when it’s cloudy or rainy outside. But, truth is, I hate the stuff. There are a few wonderful exceptions to the rule, but most sunscreens are icky, sticky, and sure to leave a Casper-white cast on my face. (And what’s with that funky smell?!) Basically, I hate it almost enough to risk turning into Benjamin Button. Almost.

That’s why, in pursuit of good skin-health, I decided to try an unusual alternative.
What you’re looking at is Heliocare’s Oral Ultra Capsules. Just like the name suggests, these supplements are basically sunscreen in capsule form. Each capsule is loaded with Fernblock, a plant extract with proven sun protection benefits. It guards against UV damage and even reduces redness after sun exposure! So basically, these capsules are ideal for beach-lovers like me, who spend hours basking in the sun’s warm (but harmful) rays.

Here’s the best part: they’re supposed to work immediately. Apparently, it’s just like applying sunscreen—without any of the effort. All you have to do is take one capsule before you expose yourself to the sun. That’s it!
Naturally, I felt compelled to test this stuff for myself. Any excuse to tan, right? Without further ado, here are the 3 things I learned after a week of taking my “sunscreen pills.”

THOUGHTS ON HELIOCARE ORAL ULTRA CAPSULES

1. They’re convenient for everyday use. Once I took a capsule, I knew I was covered—no need to worry about reapplying sunblock, touching up my makeup, nothing. But just to manage expectations, I don’t spend most of my week outdoors. You’ll mostly find me inside BeautyMNL HQ, at work inside an air-conditioned room. The only sun exposure I get is when I go for a quick coffee run or walk to a meeting outside the office. For those purposes, these capsules are ideal.

2. On hot days at the beach, they shouldn’t replace your usual SPF. Taking these capsules can help you resist sunburn, sure. But they won’t shield you from intense, relentless sun exposure the way a physical barrier of product can. In other words, these capsules are great for city life, but when you’re frolicking along the coast, take your sunblock with you. (Trust me, I learned this the hard way). Better safe than sorry, right?

3. They provide more than just SPF protection. To recap, I still need to wear sunblock on beach trips and every weekend I spend outdoors. However, taking these capsules as a supplement to that gives me benefits regular sunscreen cannot. The Fernblock in these capsules is packed with antioxidants, which protects my skin from environmental pollutants (like smog and smoke) and keeps premature skin-aging at bay. Yes, please!

THE VERDICT

I’ll admit that Heliocare’s Oral Ultra Capsules weren’t exactly the substitutes I was seeking for icky-sticky sunblock. That being said, they are a great alternative for sunscreen when in the city, and they also serve as protection against pollution damage.

So that’s why I’m going to keep taking them—because they make daily sunscreen less of a hassle, and because they help fight toxins from the inside. While they’re not exactly a standalone option for beach use (I’ll still be lugging around my SPF 50 cream, ugh), they do give my body an extra antioxidant boost. And with sun protection from the inside out, at least I don’t have to worry about Benjamin Button-ing!

Would you try sunscreen pills?

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