REALLY?!...THE POWER OF THE FERN?
You might be a tad bit skeptical- and believe me when I say that I was too. However, I also consider myself to be a fairly balanced open-minded individual and I absolutely LOVE organic and naturally-minded beauty products too :)
I started doing a bit of research on what exactly the fern or polypodium leucotomos can really do for your skin and I was quite surprised! After a few years of study and development on the fern's skin protectant abilities, a company had created an extract called Fernblock[PLE].
This compound is produced as natural extract from the fern that is native to Central America and was put through some pretty rigorous testing as both preclinical and clinical data. These studies conducted resulted in showing how Fernblock's safety and efficacy of protection against damage caused by the sun- while also preventing and even treating sun disorders such as: sunburn, Sun Poisoning, and Skin Cancer! Learn more about Fernblock[PLE] below:
WHAT FERNBLOCK CAN DO FOR SUN PROTECTION:
This unique technology was created and patented in Europe, the Americas, and Asia. It's currently being sold in both oral and topical forms for various sun protection products- in over 60 countries! Fernblock is also known by a few brands names: Heliocare, Heliocaps, Helioral. Not only does Fernblock have the ability to increase your skin's resistance to UV damage, but it helps in stopping photoaging, hyperpigmentation, and DNA harm from occurring as well.
With biological testing, Fernblock has shown significant results in regards to it's antioxidant effectiveness when compared of that of vitamin C and beta-carotene. As for what it can do for sunburn is just as phenomenal: a study at the Dermatology Department at Harvard University has illustrated that whether topically or orally administered, Fernblock can increase one's tolerance to sunburn :)
That's where the ability of the compound to protect your DNA as well since it has been observed to reduce the number of sunburned cells present after exposure, if administered prior. Since Fernblock is a naturally-derived organic extract, it's been experimentally confirmed to improve skin's elasticity and reduce the signs of aging too.
FUN FERN FACTS:
THERE ARE OVER 12,000 SPECIES OF FERNS :O
WITH NO SEEDS OR FLOWERS, THEY PRODUCE VIA SPORES.
GROUPS INCLUDE: HORSETAILS, OPHIOGLOSSOID FERNS, & WHISK FERNS.
UNIQUE NAMES: BIRD'S NEST FERN, OSTRICH FERN, MOSQUITO FERN, & JAPANESE CLIMBING FERN :)
THE STUDY OF FERNS IS CALLED PTERIDOLOGY :O
"PTERIDOMANIA" IS THE TERM FOR THE VICTORIAN ERA CRAZE OF THE COLLECTING OF FERNS AND FERN MOTIFS IN ART & OTHER ART PROJECTS.
THE "AIR FERN" IS NOT ACTUALLY A FERN AT ALL!?! IT'S THE SKELETON OF A HYDROZOAN [SMALL ANIMAL RELATED TO THE JELLYFISH] THAT'S HARVESTED, DRIED, AND DYED GREEN!
LOOKING FOR A Fernblock PLE PRODUCT?
THE BEAUTY CLOSET RECOMMENDS:
HELIOTOP 360 Sunscreen
This is a wonderful product that works and doesn't have an annoying smell or greasiness to it as many sunscreens often do! What's great is that with this sunscreen in particular from HELIOTOP 360, is that it provides a broad-spectrum UVA-UVB Protection WITH antioxidants! It's also resistant to getting washed away from water for up to 80 minutes before re-application is needed :)
The formula contains an 11.55% Titanium Dioxide, 14.25% Zinc Oxide, and SPF 50+ composition- PLUS Fernblock PLE! This means you're getting a well-formulated sunscreen product that prevents sunburn and skin cancer..with REAL SCIENCE behind it! At around $30 or less depending or where you pick it up at, the product is moderately priced as well and that makes it a good buy for me.
I'm very sensitive and fair-skinned as well and this product was perfect for me, causing no breakouts and preventing me from burning without all of the gross feel or smell! The only drawback that I really found with this product, was that it's really only available through medical practices and skincare providers- which makes it a little more difficult to score.