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Section: Testing > Sun Protection
Are UV Tests and Protection Headed in the Right Direction?
Knowledge in sun protection has become more comprehensive, making sunscreen testing and development more challenging. This article explores what we know and what is needed in terms of sunscreen testing, regulation and consumer communication.
Apr 1st, 2022
‘Cleaning Up’ Sun Care: Natural Wax/Surfactant Blend for Sustainable Performance
Many clean beauty edicts emphasize the replacement of synthetic ingredients with sustainable and natural-derived materials wherever possible. Maintaining the same or better efficacy, however, poses a formulation challenge. This article explores the efficacy of multipurpose natural wax/surfactant blend to replace several traditional materials with one.
Cosmetics & Toiletries
Apr 1st, 2021
Future Testing, Safety and Formulating Headline the Sunscreen Symposium
"I am convinced the earth-shattering event [in sunscreens] will eventually become the greater awareness for the big difference between SPFindoor and SPFoutdoor," writes Uli Osterwalder, regarding new findings at this year's Sunscreen Symposium.
Sep 25th, 2019
Hallstar’s Sunscreen Testing Platform is More Science than Art
Hallstar’s patented Solasure™ platform is the dawning of a new age in sunscreen testing: scientific, quantified, uniform, repeatable, easy-to-use, and cost-effective.
Sep 12th, 2019
The Big Reveal: UV Imaging Uncovers Sun Protection, Skin Dryness and Microbiome
UV reflectance and fluorescence photography can provide insights into skin conditions that are otherwise not visible. This paper describes how these techniques can effectively measure sun protection, dry skin, acne and the microbiome, to aid in product development.
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Sep 1st, 2019
Sunscreen Data Requests, Misperceptions and the Public Health Crisis
"The FDA is not saying 40% of sunscreens (or whatever) do not meet its rules for safety and effectiveness—not to the extent the EWG is suggesting." But the FDA also is muddying the waters, according to PASS Coalition adviser Michael Werner.
May 22nd, 2019
Adaptive Measures: Translating UV Protection to Hair Claims
To test preventative hair care treatments against UV damage, sensitive techniques are required. Here, DSC was used to define a ratio between artificial and natural irradiance levels; from this, methods were built to substantiate claims for UV protection in hair.
Mar 29th, 2019
Here Comes the Sun Protection: ISO Test Methods
Our knowledge of the sun and its effects on skin has increased over the years, including the damaging effects of UVA and UVB light. Testing methods for UVA and UVB rays differ; the following is a review of the testing protocols of the European Union and United Kingdom. (Click through to the Digital Edition)
Oct 15th, 2018
Latin Americans Need Better Sunscreens
Consumers need extra photoprotection in Latin America. Why? Marcelo de Paula Corrêa explains.
Sep 12th, 2018
Pioneering Skin Testing: Download our Informative Poster
Experience the unmatched predictability of Strat-M® membrane – a synthetic, non-animal based model for transdermal diffusion testing.
Sigma-Aldrich, a brand of MilliporeSigma
Jun 5th, 2018
Editor's Note: Elementary Beauty
As I write this on Pi Day, I’m feeling philosophical. In essence, the quest for physical beauty implicates three main processes: protecting, nurturing/maintaining and adorning our physical being. This issue encompasses several of these and looks to what's next.
Mar 30th, 2018
Photostability Leads the Way: Formulating Safer Sunscreens
The need to prevent skin from UV damage is well-understood but the most effective way to achieve this is not. Here, a novel photostabilizer is presented in a test pump sunscreen spray formula as part of a total photoprotection strategy.
Mar 29th, 2018
Total Exposure: The Future of Sun Care is Full Light Protection
History has revealed what has become well-known today: the human skin requires sun protection. But are UV filters enough? Here, the authors discuss the negative effects caused by other wavelengths. In addition, they propose a full light defense strategy.
Mar 29th, 2018
In Light of Exposure: Understanding Avobenzone Part II, Application
Avobenzone is a widely used organic UV filter. Its dynamic nature and unique properties are responsible for its widespread use and forms. This second in a two-part series considers avobenzone’s behavior with other sunscreens and in formulas; part one reviewed its characteristics and behavior in solvents.
Feb 9th, 2018
Editor's Note: Discontinuity and Your Inner Innovator
One innovative mash-up has been capturing consumer dollars: multifunctional color cosmetics. Whether fortified with SPF or moisturizing properties, makeup with added benefits is driving color sales. In relation, this month, we've created our own color and sun mash-up.
Sep 29th, 2017
Are Your Sunscreens Infra-ready? New In vitro Method Puts Data Behind the Claims
Considering more and more sun care products are claiming infrared (IR) protection, it is important to standardize the parameters by which they are evaluated. Since IR-A and IR-B are the most implicated in skin damage, a test method was developed based on these wavelengths, as described here.
Sep 29th, 2017
In Light of Exposure: Understanding Avobenzone Part I, Characterization
Avobenzone is a widely used UV-absorbing organic filter. Its dynamic nature and photophysical and photochemical properties are responsible for its widespread use. This first in a two-part series reviews its inherent characteristics and behavior in solvents; part two will consider its behavior with other sunscreens and in formulas.
Sep 29th, 2017
Guiding Sunscreen Traffic Across the Globe
Sunscreens are classified and regulated differently around the world. For instance, the United States considers sunscreens as OTC products, while Canada has a two-part classification system; other places classify sunscreens as cosmetics. Labeling and registering differ worldwide as well. In some cases, labels require certain Drug Facts or safety registration numbers, among others. This article reviews these differences.
Apr 27th, 2017
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