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Having just experienced one of the largest snowstorms to hit the Midwest in decades, I can barely think about hot summer beaches or sunscreen. Right now I’m staring out the window at hip-deep mounds of snow; now I know what Europe and the eastern United States experienced in previous weeks.
However, as the recent meetings of the International Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and American Academy of Dermatology remind me, summer is not the only time for sunscreen. So whether you’re in the South and soaking up the sun’s rays on a beach, or in the North and blinded by its reflection off the snow, you can all use a little sun protection.
This issue of Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine carries a truly sunny disposition, as several of its features are relevant to sun care formulating. For instance, McCormick discusses the current SPF test method and how it underestimates the protection afforded by mineral sunscreens. Pissavini et al. explain how to interpret SPF test results statistics, to ensure that products meet the desired SPF claim.
In addition, Dayan et al. look at sun protection in a new light with the introduction of a fractionated melanin to protect skin from high energy visible light. Abrutyn’s monthly column “Formula Anatomy Deciphered” examines the components of sunscreen formulas as well as recent patents and products in this category. Finally, to inspire formulators with new product concepts, the annual Sun Care Formulary is included in this issue.
Besides protecting skin from sun exposure, this issue discusses repairing, soothing and even slimming the skin via cosmetic actives—rounding out the In-Cosmetics issue with a nice variety of formulation-focused content. And speaking of In-Cosmetics, at the show in Milan, Cosmetics & Toiletries staff is excited to announce a new venture in cosmetic chemistry education: the Complete Cosmetic Chemist training program.