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A ‘drinkable sunscreen’ that contains just one ingredient

Sun cream on shoulder

Drinkable sunscreen – it sounds great and has had quite a bit of publicity, but when we took a closer look at its ingredients we found a big surprise. Have you seen a product you think will struggle to live up to its claims?

I grew up in New Zealand where the importance of sun safety is really drilled in from childhood. In fact, an animated prawn comes on the television to remind kids to ‘slip, slop, slap and wrap’. Yes, the prawn does get thrown on a barbeque, but it doesn’t mind, honest!

So when I heard about the ‘world’s first drinkable sunscreen’, it piqued my interest. When you’re out and about, it can be a bit of a hassle having to carry sun cream around and regularly reapply it, but we know that the benefits outweigh the bother. But if you could just drink your sun protection… well, that would eliminate the hassle!

Does drinkable sunscreen work?

Drinkable sunscreenThe product, Harmonized H2O UV Neutralizer, costs £25 for a 100ml bottle and is said to offer protection equivalent to a SPF30 sunscreen. However, we looked into this ‘drinkable sunscreen’ and the list of ingredients was a bit surprising. There was only one entry… water. This ‘drinkable sunscreen’ is 100% water.

The makers of Harmonized H2O said that the product works courtesy of ‘vibrational frequencies’ in the water which ‘neutralise’ UVA and UVB, the types of UV radiation that have been associated with skin cancer. Not convinced? Neither is the British Association of Dermatologists, which says ‘it’s complete nonsense to suggest that drinking water will give you a SPF of 30’. The Association adds that it’s best to avoid ‘unproven methods’ and to stick to sun creams, clothing and shade.

Harmonized H2O has told us that it has results of a clinical trial, but we have yet to be shown these results.

So I’ll be sticking with traditional sun creams, like the ones that passed our recent SPF and UVA tests. And I recommend you do too.

Have you come across any products with interesting claims? Have you looked at any and thought ‘there’s no way it can do that’? Or have you ever taken a closer look at a product and been surprised by its ingredients (or the fine print)?


Why is it legal for a new class of product that makes claims that it will afford protection from the sun to be sold before these claims have been subject to independent scrutiny?

I suggest that every new product that makes health claims should be scrutinised before it is put on sale, rather than involving the Advertising Standards Authority at a later date.


I have often wondered why people buy water in bottles at the extortionate prices charged, when you can fill a bottle with healthier water for next to nothing from your tap. That seems to be down to good marketing. This example, though, takes the biscuit as far as marketing goes – the phrase “spending money like water” springs to mind; you almost have to admire them for attempting to perpetrate such an operation, but also wonder who is prepared to be seduced by it. At the risk of opening a can of worms, it’s a bit like Homeopathy isn’t it, where the cure lies in the belief rather than the fact? Except the fact you get sunburn might easily disprove it.
Some things of course are hard to disprove, but I believe you need to prove something is effective, not prove that it isn’t (apart from religion). Can this be classed as fraud?


I think it is actually an intelligence test. : ) However in fact there are other areas that benefit:

Frequency Enhanced Water for Health:
Remarkable efficacy with many medical conditions
Non-toxic with virtually no side effects
Effective for all ages
Improves your health at the cellular level

Scientific Breakthroughs:
1. Remarkable technology that imprints radio-waves onto
water molecules.
2. Advances in the ability to stack thousands of frequencies
onto one molecule.
3. Revolutionary formula allows us to reverse engineer the frequencies of substances
found in nature and/or the human body.
4. Newly identified frequencies that have beneficial effects on the body.

Key Questions:
What is Harmonized Water?
Harmonized water contains different vibrational frequencies. It describes the frequency messages that water carries in its proton/electron outer shell for extended periods of time.
What does it do inside my body?
It communicates energetically with cells that are imbalanced in an effort to restore a normal vibrational rate.
It reaches all areas of the body within 5-30 minutes. If a cell is balanced, it ignores the frequencies.
What are the side effects?
There are essentially no side effects. Some people with digestive issues or yeast overgrowth may experience
a mild die-off effect that results in loose stools or gas for a day or so.
How much do I take?
Most people take one capfull in 2oz of water. Some will need 2 capfulls for stubborn cases or larger body types.
Can I take too much?
Your body will ignore excess frequencies or frequencies that are not needed … so you cannot overdose.


I thought about posting this ‘information’, which is on a par with a third-rate April Fools joke.

Perhaps ridiculous nonsense like this will help our government and regulators wake up to the need for proper regulation of products for which health benefits are claimed.


Thanks for sharing Diesel. It’s an… interesting read.


I hope you are working something more convincing than this for 32 March next year. 🙂


Worse, this ‘snake oil’ and its claims could cause real and very serious injury should a non critical buyer take the ‘puff’ seriously and, say douse their children in it before a day on the beach.

I have seen the effects of serious sunburn on small children let alone adults and small children have their choices made for them by parents trying to be conscientious but not necessarily knowledgeable enough to question such claims.

The risk of serious harm is, in my view, significant enough for something much tougher than the ASA. Instant enforcement action by Trading Standards / Environmental Health clearing the stuff off the shelves is appropriate. They would if it were lead in the paint on toys, they should in this equally dangerous case.


I agree that prompt action is needed, Martin. One of my friends got skin cancer, which was treated promptly but has suffered a lot of problems which are believed to result from the cancer treatment. He is unable to drive, has had to retire on ill health grounds and is deteriorating fast. He is only 60. Skin cancer is very serious and anyone marketing fake protection should be dealt with severely.

Incidentally, my friend is very fair skinned and has been very careful about protecting himself form the sun.