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The poster exhibition at the Sun Protection Conference 2013
The 12th International Sun Protection Conference was held on June 4-5, 2013, at The Royal College of Physicians in London with the theme "Sun Protection for the 21st Century." The conference opened the summer season for sun care scientists, and the topics included SPF and UVA standard tests, new sunscreen actives, greater product efficacy and improved product textures.
The technical presentations by renowned experts from the industry and academia reviewed the history of SPF testing (BASF), prediction of the sunscreen efficacy (Coty–Lancaster), new methods of SPF assessment (Johnson & Johnson), an update on ISO test methods worldwide (L’Oréal), inter-laboratory comparison of functional tests (BIPEA), worldwide regulations (dR Cosmetics Regulations) and sunscreen safety in the EU (Vrije Universiteit Brussel).
Julian Hewitt, PhD, from UV Care Technologies outlined the future formulation strategies to develop high SPF and aesthetically pleasing products with minimal levels of sunscreens to improve the feel and efficacy of sun care emulsions. Strategies included spectral optimization, inorganic/organic synergy and bi-phasic distribution.
Sun protection, as a tool for health and wellbeing, was discussed within the context of the recent controversy surrounding vitamin D deficiency, sun exposure and increasing skin cancer despite greater awareness of sun damage to the skin.
In an inspirational talk, Prof. Nina Jablonski, PhD, from Pennsylvania State University, explained the evolution of human skin pigmentation as a compromise between the conflicting demands of photoprotection and photosynthesis of vitamin D. She said that the pattern of skin color adaptation established in prehistory has been disrupted in the last 500 years by migration and urbanization that lead to higher susceptibility to sun-exposure related diseases.