DSM Nutritional Products has released a collection of three environmentally conscious sun care product prototypes under the name Glowing Chameleon. The one serum-based and two cream-based formulas have been developed with sustainability in mind, from creating the formula to designing the packaging.
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In a recent press release, DSM outlined its motivation behind the products:
"A product’s eco footprint has become just important as the personal benefits it delivers. In a recent survey, 80% of respondents claimed they would buy eco-friendly products because they care about the environment. Formulating sun protection with UV filters that have a minimal environmental impact is one way to meet the needs of eco-conscious consumers, but without sustainable packaging the purpose of a sustainable product is moot."
Along with the reassurance of the lowest eco-impact as possible, these formulations combine high levels of UV protection with user-friendly textures.
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Mindful Care Featherlight Cream SPF 50+
This ultra-light and smooth textured cream aims tp provide a unique user sensation. With its best-in-class Eco Class A rating, the formula is said to offer maximum protection for the skin and the environment. It is packed in a sustainable bottle produced from recyclable plastic and printed on a sugarcane-derived substrate.
To ensure an SPF of 50 and UVA protection, the formula features Parsol-brand ingredients 1789 (INCI: Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane) (4%); Max (INCI: Methylene Bis-benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol (and) Water (Aqua) (and) Decyl Glucoside (and) Propylene Glycol (and) Xanthan Gum) (4%); and Shield (INCI: Bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine) (3%); along with Parsol EHT (INCI: Ethylhexyl Triazone ) (3.5%) and EHS (INCI: Ethylhexyl Salicylate ) (3%) for UVB protection; Parsol Max also delivers blue light protection.
For sensory effects, the water-soluble UV filter Parsol HS (INCI: Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid) (2.5%) adds protection without the need for additional oil. ValvanceTouch 210 (INCI: Silica) (2%), with its strong capacity for water and oil absorption, contributes to a silky touch and faster absorption. Finally, HYA-ACT M (INCI: Sodium Hyaluronate) adds a dewy look and instant hydration.
Mineral Sun Serum SPF 20
Formulated with 100% mineral UV filters, this serum is designed to offer protection for all skin types and tones, spreading easily without leaving a pale appearance. It is ideal for those looking for a care routine that respects their unique characteristics.
Key ingredients include Parsol-brand TX (INCI: Titanium Dioxide (and) Silica (and) Dimethicone) (5%) and ZX (INCI: Zinc OxideTriethoxycaprylylsilane) (4%), to provide SPF and UVA protection as well as blue light protection. These ingredients are globally approved and, as the company highlights, are the only UV filters with GRASE status in the United States. Valvance Touch 210 (1.5%), again, adds a silky touch while Pentavitin (INCI: Saccharide Isomerate (and) Water (Aqua) (and) Citric Acid (and) Sodium Citrate) (3%) and argan oil (1%) nourish and strengthen the skin.
Ultra Protect Cream SPF 50+
This highly efficient, 100% mineral formula is reportedly designed to offer maximum protection. It features Parsol TX (22%) and Parsol ZX (20%) to provide very high SPF, UVA and blue light protection. Furthermore, the company notes that these zinc and titanium oxide ingredients benefit from high consumer trust.