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Solar Prep Formula

Carotenoid supplement: sun preparation, tanning

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  • The most comprehensive tanning capsules for preparing the skin, helping to protect it against UV, and promoting and prolonging a tan.
  • Carotenoids (beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene) promote a natural-looking tan, even without exposure to the sun.
  • Nutroxsun® is a clinically-proven combination of antioxidant extracts of rosemary and pomelo which protects cells and tissues from UV-induced oxidative stress.
  • Zinc, biotin, vitamin A (from beta-carotene) and nicotinamide are excellent for the health and enhancement of tanned skin.
  • SOD is one of the body’s most powerful endogenous antioxidants.
  • Zinc and vitamin E help protect skin cells from oxidative stress caused by exposure to the sun.

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Solar Prep Formula

Gluten-free
Nanoparticle-free
Vegetarian
No controversial excipients
Lactose-free
No sweeteners

Solar Prep Formula is a natural, comprehensive and particularly effective sun preparation supplement.

It contains 30 tanning capsules combining carotenoids and antioxidants specifically designed to play both a ‘self-tanning’ and protective role.

This sun care supplement is part of our Skin category.

3 key benefits of our carotenoid-rich tanning capsules

Containing a range of synergistic ingredients, Solar Prep Formula is specifically designed to help prepare the skin for exposure to the sun, protect it from UV-induced damage and make it easier to achieve a long-lasting tan.

It offers 3 key benefits:

  • a natural ‘self-tanning’ effect: first and foremost, our product is rich in carotenoids, a group of plant pigments which accumulate in the skin and give it an amber glow. They help you quickly acquire a beautiful, natural, tanned complexion (even without exposure to the sun), an excellent base for future tanning (1);
  • advanced protection against UV and oxidative stress: when the skin is exposed to the sun, numerous UVA and UVB rays reach cells, creating oxidative stress which can impair cell health and skin repair. Boosting your antioxidant levels (courtesy of Nutroxsun®, vitamin E...) before and during tanning helps protect your skin from harmful UV rays and keeps it healthy. The carotenoids in our supplement are also being studied for their potential photoprotective benefits: antioxidant effects, partial absorption of blue light and UV, reduction of inflammation, wrinkles and ageing spots (2) ;
  • overall support for skin health and tanning: many of the ingredients in Solar Prep Formula (zinc, biotin, vitamin A, nicotinamide) also provide general skin health support (hydration, maintaining the skin barrier, etc), facilitating the tanning process, and enhancing and prolonging your tan.

Composition of our sun preparation supplement

To provide you with all these benefits, Solar Prep Formula contains no less than 9 carefully-selected ingredients:

  1. beta-carotene: beta-carotene, here extracted from carrots, is the best-known of all the carotenoids. It is particularly good at producing a tanned complexion, even prior to any sun exposure. This compound is actually converted in the gut into retinol, an active form of vitamin A which helps maintain healthy skin. This vitamin promotes production of melanin, the pigment responsible for skin colouration. Scientists also suggest that taking beta-carotene in a preventive capacity might protect the skin from the harmful effects of UV and increase the minimum amount of UV exposure tolerated before sunburn occurs (3-4);
  2. lutein : lutein is another carotenoid which helps provide colour to various fruit and vegetables such as peppers, grapes and citrus fruit, and which can also brighten your complexion. According to one randomised, double-blind clinical trial, supplementing with lutein could increase Minimal Erythema Dose - individual resistance to the development of UV-induced skin erythema (redness) (5). The lutein in our product comes from a marigold extract, a plant with brightly-coloured flowers;
  3. lycopene: lycopene is the third and final carotenoid in our product. It is responsible for the vibrant colour of papaya, grapefruit and guava and can also help you achieve a golden skin colour. Lycopene is also being studied for its potential to protect the skin against UV rays. The impact on UVB-irradiated keratinocytes (the cells covering the skin) may actually be lower if lycopene is already present (6-7) ;
  4. Nutroxsun®: Nutroxsun® is a patented mix of rosemary and grapefruit extracts, standardised to 35% polyphenols. Both are abundant in antioxidant polyphenols which help protect cells and tissues against oxidative stress. A proprietary clinical study suggests that the combination of these two synergistic substances constitutes an effective ingredient for oral photoprotection, reducing the risk of skin problems and in particular, photoageing (8) ;
  5. SOD: superoxide dismutase (SOD) is an enzyme produced by the cells of all living animal and plant organisms. This powerful endogenous antioxidant traps free radicals generated by the body due to UV exposure, amongst others. In this way, it naturally protects the body’s cells against oxidative damage, reducing skin damage, for example. Plant-based SOD is frequently offered in treatments and supplements (9-10) ;
  6. zinc bisglycinate: zinc is an essential trace-element which helps maintain healthy skin by reducing inflammation and supporting immunity. It also helps protect cells against oxidative stress due mainly to sun exposure. Zinc bisglycinate is formed from one atom of zinc bound to two molecules of glycine, which facilitates its absorption in the digestive system. It is generally considered to be the most bioavailable form of zinc (11-12) ;
  7. vitamin B3 (nicotinamide): nicotinamide (also called niacinamide) is a form of vitamin B3 or niacin. This vitamin helps maintain healthy skin by supporting cell regeneration in particular. Unlike nicotinic acid, the other form of niacin, nicotinamide is particularly well-tolerated by the skin and does not cause ‘flushes’ (redness and unpleasant heat sensations). It is also being studied for its potential to protect the body against immunosuppression which can be caused by UV rays (13) ;
  8. biotin: biotin, also known as vitamin B8 or the ‘beauty vitamin’, helps maintain normal skin and mucous membranes by supporting the production of lipids essential for maintaining the skin barrier (14). Excellent for maintaining beautiful skin conducive to achieving a long-lasting tan ;
  9. vitamin E (DL-alpha-tocopherol acetate) : vitamin E helps protect cells against oxidative stress caused by UV rays (15-16). DL-alpha-tocopherol acetate is an esterified version of vitamin E, which gives it extra protection against oxidation and prolongs its shelf life.

Note: taking our tanning capsules does not mean you can dispense with either using sunscreens or wearing protective clothing when exposed to the sun.

What is in Solar Prep Formula

Nutroxsun®
Plant
Lutein
Pigment
Lycopene
Pigment
Zinc bisglycinate
Trace-element
Beta-carotene
Vitamin
DL-alpha tocopheryl acetate
Vitamin

Any questions?

Are sun preparation supplements effective?

Yes, tanning capsules can help you acquire a more bronzed complexion (from the carotenoids which give your skin a golden hue), stimulate your melanin production (via the vitamin A from beta-carotene), provide partial protection against UV (via the antioxidant compounds), and support your skin before, during and even after tanning (via various nutrients), etc.

Regarding the tan itself, the final result will vary from one person to another, depending on various factors: natural skin colour, length of sun exposure, amount of sun protection used, etc.

When should you take the tanning capsules?

We recommend taking these tanning capsules between 4 and 2 weeks before sun exposure.

Let’s say you’re taking a week’s holiday in a sunny place where you’ll be particularly exposed. Knowing that Solar Prep Formula provides around a month of sun damage prevention, you could, for example, take the supplement for the 3 weeks prior to sun exposure, then take your last capsules during the week in which you’ll be sunbathing.

Are there any risks associated with ‘self-tanning’ capsules?

Tanning capsules are generally considered to be safe provided the instructions and doses recommended are adhered to. Just be aware of these few potential side-effects:

  • allergic reactions: some people may be allergic to one or other ingredient in sun preparation supplements. If you have a tendency towards allergies, check the list of ingredients carefully before using;
  • overdosing on carotenoids or vitamin A: follow the recommended daily amount on the label, as excessive consumption of carotenoids can cause the skin to turn orangey-yellow, a temporary discolouration called carotenodermia. In addition, beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A in the body, excess levels of which can be toxic and cause various adverse side-effects : headaches, dizziness, nausea and even liver damage;
  • possible interactions with medications: supplements with high levels of carotenoids and antioxidants may interact with certain medicines (anticoagulants, anti-cholesterol, cancer drugs...) Seek advice from a health professional if you suffer from a particular disorder or are taking medication.
Which synergistic supplements can be taken alongside these sun preparation capsules?

In conjunction with Solar Prep Formula, you can boost your skin health even more using moisturising and protective ingredients. This will help prevent peeling and maintain your precious tan for longer. Ideally, opt for a formula rich in hyaluronic acid, collagen, elastin, resveratrol, silicon, etc. (such as Natural Skin Formula).

The above supplement contains ceramides. You may have heard about the importance of these hydrolipid skin barrier components, which are essential for maintaining the health and balance of your skin. You can further increase your intake of them with the wheat ceramides contained in Lipowheat™, a patented compound supported by 6 clinical studies (found in Skin Ceramides).

Last but not least, for a more general beauty formulation good for the skin, hair and nails, consider supplementing with an ‘all-in-one’ beauty product (such as Daily Beauty, rich in collagen peptides, solubilised keratin, avocado oil, etc.)

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