Foundation Skincare


Regular price $65.00

Antioxidant Vitamin Supplement

The sun is the amazing center of our solar system and gives energy for life as we know it.  Unfortunately, the energy from the sun is also one of the worst enemies of your skin.   The sun causes wrinkles, changes in pigmentation that appear as dark or light discolorations, degradation of the skin’s immune system, destroyed collagen, and skin cancer.

Spectrum is an exclusive supplement that combines plant-based antioxidants and key vitamins recommended by dermatologists into one convenient pill.

Spectrum is not a substitute for other forms of sun protection and is not a “sunscreen pill”.  Always use a broad-spectrum  SPF sunscreen and cover-up during the highest UV times of the day.

Please see our FAQ for more information.

Nicotinamide is made from vitamin B3, also called niacin. Nicotinamide plays an essential role in energy production and nutrient synthesis.  When UV damages the skin, DNA repair enzymes launch into repairing the damage.  Despite the sophisticated systems we have, they are never able to fix all of the damage. The remaining damage can lead to skin aging and skin cancers.  Nicotinamide helps cells replenish the energy they expend in repairing their DNA and can influence cellular response to DNA damage which may help prevent cancer development.  UV radiation itself suppresses the immune system, nicotinamide has been shown to inhibit UV induced immunosuppression, which may also play a role in skin cancer development.  Nicotinamide does not increase the threshold for UV induced sunburn.
In a key trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine (N Engl J Med 2015; 373:1618-1626), patients with a history of non-melanoma skin cancer were treated with nicotinamide at the same dose as found in SpectrumRx for one year or a placebo.  The group receiving the nicotinamide had a 23% reduction in new skin cancers during the year as compared to patients receiving placebo.
Polypodium leucotomos (PL) is a tropical fern plant native to Central America and parts of South America. The Mayans even drank it as a tea. Historically, ferns have been used for medicinal purposes since ancient Europe. Polypodium leucotomos has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which may explain its ability to prevent damage caused by excessive sun exposure and its helpfulness in ameliorating certain skin conditions.  Extracts have been shown in numerous studies to prevent both UVA- and UVB-induced toxicity and DNA damage through reduction of free radicals. 
It is important to note that photoprotection does not imply chemoprevention (prevention of skin cancers) as no studies on the reduction of skin cancers have been published.  It should also be noted that nothing takes the place of topical sunscreens in protecting you from skin cancer. 
Milk thistle is a flowering plant that comes from the same family of plants as the daisy. It grows in Mediterranean countries and is used to make natural remedies. The silymarin in milk thistle can also protect the skin from UV ray damage, particularly when applied topically.   Silymarin has been shown to have chemopreventive effects against chemical and photocarcinogenesis in various animal tumor models.  A wide range of in vivo studies support that silymarin possesses antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory properties which may lead to the prevention of skin cancer in in vivo animal models. Nat Prod Res. 2012;26(23):2211-4. Biochem Pharmacol. 2013 Apr 15;85(8):1066-76.
Vitamin D
The importance of vitamin D has received much press over the last few years.  Vitamin D is made in our skin in response to UV radiation.  Many people don’t do this efficiently (darker skin types) and UV exposure is proven to lead to skin cancer.  No matter what roles Vitamin D may play in our health, it better obtained through supplements and is no excuse for unhealthy behavior in the sun.   You cannot obtain Vitamin D from a tanning bed (tanning beds emit mostly UVA, whereas Vitamin D production requires UVB); a tanning bed will dramatically increase your risk of skin cancer.  Period.


While you are using our supplement, please follow the steps in the text below. They will help you, no doubt.
  • Pregnant or nursing mothers should consult with their doctor before taking any supplement.
  • MVMs providing nutrients at or up to 100% of the US recommended daily allowance do not typically interact with medications, but it is always recommended to discuss a supplement with your doctor or pharmacists before taking.

If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase, you can return the unused product within 30 days for a full refund less any promotional shipping and handling if applicable.  Returns must be in the original packaging and accompanied with a printout of the receipt.  To be eligible for return, the item returned may only be partially used and are subject to inspection.


Shipping and Handling is $9.95 per order, however we offer free Shipping and Handling for orders of $100 or more. 

You will be responsible for paying for your own shipping costs for returning your item. Shipping costs are non​refundable and promotional shipping will be deducted from any refund amount.


Once we receive your item, we will inspect it and notify you that we have received your returned item. We will immediately notify you on the status of your refund after inspecting the item.

If your return is approved, we will initiate a refund to your credit card (or original method of payment).

You will receive the credit, typically within one billing cycle, depending on your card issuer's policies.

Why choose us?

Foundation Skincare is the natural evolution of years of collaboration and friendship between a board certified dermatologist and a compounding pharmacist with expertise in formulations and compounding. 

We are committed to patient care and developing treatments for those who have fallen outside of the interest of mainstream pharmaceutical companies. We're creating proven products that all can afford.

We pride ourselves in not only the quality of the raw ingredient that we have painstakingly sourced, but additionally the attention to detail when it comes to each of our unique formulations.  Always prescription free.

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