With the arrival of summer, we begin to wonder what cosmetic products to use.
The purpose of suncare products is to protect the skin from UVA and UVB rays.
Sun Protection Factor: an essential element to help consumers choose a product for sun protection is its “SPF” value.
In other words, its sun protection factor. This value, expressed as a number, measures the product’s ability to protect against UVB rays. For example, an SPF 15 product filters out approximately 93% of UVB rays, while an SPF 30 filters out about 96%.
By law, the UVA must be at least a third of the UVB.
In addition to the problems linked to petrochemical derivatives and silicones, the most serious problems affecting natural suncare products have to do with filters.
There are two type of filters:
physical filters, also known as “mineral” or “inorganic”, i.e. zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which reflect ultraviolet light;
and chemical filters, also called “organic”, which absorb ultraviolet light.
Another option is to use natural substances that have shielding properties: shea butter, coconut oil, gamma-oryzanol (derived from rice) and the various waxes: beeswax, carnauba wax, candelilla wax
However, these do not provide a high degree of protection.
Naturaequa does not currently manufacture suncare products, as we are waiting for further clarification regarding the nanomaterials situation.
Another problem is the regulatory issue, and it is linked to costs: in order to guarantee SPF (Sun Protection Factor), very expensive tests must be performed on each type of protection. The fact that UVA protection must also be guaranteed (at least a third of UVB) gives rise to additional costs.
These are expenses that can only be borne by a cosmetics company of considerable size.
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