Sunscreen Symposium: In Brief

The theme of the Florida chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists’ (FLSCC) 12th Sunscreen Symposium, “Perpetuating Beauty through Protection,” was at the forefront of three days of lectures.

Among the highlights, Craig Bonda (HallStar Personal Care) noted that “the behavior of sunscreen products is not predictable from its individual ingredients.”

Julian Hewitt (Croda), who delved into formulation strategies to meet differing global UVA requirements, noted that while SPF tests are similar worldwide, UVA testing differs greatly. Hewitt, among others, noted his anticipation of the new monograph from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “I feel sorry for sun care formulators in the United States,” said Hewitt, who added there are few usable UV filters in the United States.

David Steinberg (Steinberg & Associates) opened with suggestions for changes he would make to the FDA monograph. He also suggested removing number and star rating systems, as well the words “low,” “medium,” “high” or “very high” that indicate levels of UV protection.

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