Revolutionary: The groundbreaking pill can both tackle crow's feet and protect against sun damage
A groundbreaking anti-wrinkle tablet has now been found to provide an extra service to help keep skin smooth.
The revolutionary product can help the body to build its own barrier against the sun too - offering Factor 10 protection.
The supplement has become popular for tackling laughter lines and crow's feet, but can also give the skin a basic defence against harmful UV rays, according to researchers in Essex.
Scientists discovered that the pill strengthens small blood vessels that provide nutrients and oxygen to cells.
Colladeen Visage contains lutein and anthocyanidins, which are beneficial for the inner and outer layers of skin, according to The Sun.
Biochemist Dr Sam Christie, who reviewed the three-month medical trials, said the tablet had visible effects on the appearance of skin because it supports structures beneath the surface, including collagen.
'Plants protect themselves from sun damage with pigments such as lutein and anthocyanidins,' she said.
'When these are present in high quantities in our diet we see a complex effect on skin chemistry: a natural SPF is achieved.'
The tablet will therefore have a similar effect to a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruit and vegetables - improving blood flow and protecting the skin from sunlight damage.
But Dr Christie warned that fair-skinned people taking the pill would still need to stay out of the sun at peak times or use a high-factor sunblock.
The SPF created is low, meaning it cannot completely replace lotions just yet.
Three-month trials on 60 men and women were carried out by the independent Aspen Laboratories in Maldon, Essex, with more planned for the future.
People who took the tablet daily had an enhanced defence against sun damage.