Hot topic: Learn more about SPF, UV protection on CosmeticsDesign

By Ravyn Cullor

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The Skin Cancer Foundation has designated every May in Skin Cancer Awareness month. © Getty Images - Image Source
The Skin Cancer Foundation has designated every May in Skin Cancer Awareness month. © Getty Images - Image Source

Related tags Sunscreen UV protection Skin cancer Spf Skin care Skin health Sun care

As Skin Cancer Awareness Month winds to a close, check up on the latest in UV protection research, customer desires and expert perspective in the SPF space.

As research shows the importance of UV protection in the prevention or early signs of skin aging and consumer are more interested in incorporating sunscreen into their beauty routines, Grand View Research estimates the suncare market will reach $14.7 billion globally by 2028.

CosmeticsDesign has written articles covering what's new in UV protective ingredients, what consumers are looking for and how supplier's are engaging with suncare, among other SPF topics.

Before May ends Skin Cancer Awareness Month, ready these articles to learn more about the UV segment.

Space-age SPF: Delavie on how they developed an SPF booster with space-tested bacteria

The bacteria used to create this SPF booster was tested on the ISS and found to have promise in improving UV protection in cosmetics products. © Getty Images - gremlin
The bacteria used to create this SPF booster was tested on the ISS and found to have promise in improving UV protection in cosmetics products. © Getty Images - gremlin


Ingredient supplier Delavie has created an SPF booster from bacteria tested at the International Space Station. CosmeticsDesign spoke with Delavie President Kyle Landry about the development of the ingredient, which is still undergoing safety testing.

Can you tell me about the ingredient?

It's a bacterial lysate. The ingredient was developed from research projects that were done aboard the International Space Station. The research basically demonstrated that an organism could survive outside of the space station for 18 months when exposed to space conditions. 

The actual UV absorption profile was very exciting for us because we looked at it as a potential SPF booster. We took that organism into our lab and we worked on it for a year and a half.

Clear it up: Zinc oxide is getting a new-aged formulation makeover

Clear it up: Zinc oxide is getting a new-aged formulation makeover
Exhibitors at NYSCC Supplier's Day brought a number of zinc oxide formulations which apply transparently. © Getty Images - Paper Boat Creative

Mineral UV filters are hot, but with new-aged cosmetic chemistry, they’re not your grandfather’s sunscreen anymore.

It’s no secret protection from the sun’s harmful radiation is a must in skincare no matter where on the Fitzpatrick scale a consumer falls. With safety questions cropping up around organic and some inorganic filters approved in the US, suppliers and formulators are turning to improve on a classic ingredient, zinc oxide.

At the same time, the size of the sunscreen market has been steadily increasing over the past decade, with a drop in 2020 when many people around the world were stuck inside to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grand View Research​ estimates the suncare market will grow 4% annually between 2021 and 2028, ending the period at a global value of $14.7 billion.


"Buyers want more than just UV protection": Mintel insights on protective beauty products

Consumers are interested in multitasking products which can offer protection from a broad spectrum of elements assailing their skin. © Getty Images - Guido Mieth


SPF, UV, blue light, pollution: these claims make up the gambit of protective products, and consumers across the world are looking for their benefits. CosmeticsDesign spoke with Mintel Global Senior Analyst for Beauty and Personal Care Anna Keller about consumer sentiment over protective beauty.

What does consumer interest in protective beauty products look like (SPF, UV, blue light, pollution)?

Consumers all over the world are increasingly interested in protective personal care products. Shoppers are looking for products with multi-protective benefits and multifunctional claims, and concerns surrounding blue light and pollution have grown, showing that buyers want more than just UV protection from their suncare products.


More plankton, more components: improving marine toxicity testing of sunscreens - Study

The effects of some UV filters on coral is well documents, but a research team out of Spain wanted to test how eight commercial sunscreens would impact marine zooplankton. © Getty Images - tonaquatic

To accurately test marine toxicity of sunscreens, tests should become more thorough biologically and in what’s being tested, according to a new study.

A research team out of Spain, González et al, recently published an article in Cosmetics​ “evaluating and quantifying the toxicity on marine plankton of eight commercial sunscreens”​ on three types of marine plankton.

While González et al said the negative effects on coral some sunscreens have, including bleaching, has been frequently researched and discussed, the research team set out to study how sunscreen affects more types of marine organisms.

The research team both evaluated the toxicity of sunscreens and made some conclusions on how to improve marine toxicity testing.


DSM participates in Destination Healthy Skin charity to communicate culture as upstream company

Image courtesy of DSM.


Ingredient supplier DSM is sponsoring this year's Destination Health Skin charity, which works to spread awareness of skin cancer and prevention. CosmeticsDesign spoke with Stephen Wood, senior director of personal care and aroma for DSM North America about what the charity means for the company.

Can you tell me a little bit about what DSM’s involvement in Destination Healthy Skin looks like this year?

Destination Healthy Skin​ is owned by the Skin Cancer Foundation as an initiative. It is an annual event. DSM is one of the ingredient and solution providers, and consumer finished good formulators who is acting as a sponsor to make the event possible. 

It really starts with the sponsorship of the event this year, but we're trying to take a holistic approach and go beyond just sponsorship. So in addition to that, our involvement and participation will potentially have certain DSM personnel joining some of the city venues during the course of the year and then donating certain ingredients that might go into a giveaway for people who stop by.


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