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Oxybenzone and Octinoxate Ban has Major Sunscreen Industry Impact

In May 2017, the Hawaiian State Legislature passed a new requirement that impacts 70% of sunscreens on the market today by banning certain key active ingredients. The driving factor of this regulation is the growing belief that these ingredients can damage ocean reefs.

The measure will ban the sale or distribution of any sunscreen containing oxybenzone or octinoxate in the state of Hawaii beginning in 2021. While the regulation only impacts Hawaii, the measure may have nationwide impacts as companies look to efficiently produce products that can be sold across the United States.

This development follows a growing global trend of replacing current ingredients with alternative ones that are seen as balancing health with environmental sustainability.

Creating Solutions that Address Market Challenges

The lab services division of Nexeo Solutions is keenly aware of the market changes you face with your products. Our personal care formulation experts have already developed several formulations that will meet the forthcoming requirements—including SPF 50+ formulations for both sensitive skin, water resistance and aerosols.

Each formulation leverages our extensive line card and raw materials from our world-class suppliers.

Hawaiian Surf SPF 30 Oxybenzone-Free Body Lotion

Compliant with the proposed Hawaii sunscreen legislation, this lightweight, broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen protects skin against the sun’s damaging UVA/UVB rays while imparting a non-greasy, smooth after- feel.

Cabot

CAB-O-SIL® TS-720: Poly (dimethyl siloxane) -treated silica. Great for thickening high polarity materials. Most hydrophobic version. Can improve formula stability and provides non-greasy, dry feel.

Dow

DOWSIL ES-5600: Without emulsifier with diglycerol hydrophilic functionality (does not contain ethylene oxide and propylene oxide). Emulsifier improves sunscreen performance. Makes stable small particle size emulsions. Able to emulsify a wide range of oil phases. Suitable for standard and PEG-free formulation systems.

DOWSIL 9546: Provides dry smoothness and a light, silky, non-greasy skin feel. Enhances the aesthetics of volatile silicone fluids. Reduces tackiness of formulations.

DSM

PARSOL® TX: Coated inorganic UV filter that offers significant improvement to in vitro SPF as well as a significant contribution to UVA protection. Protects the skin against UV radiation and minimizes the harmful long-term effects of sunlight exposure.

PARSOL® 340: Oil-soluble UVB filter. Protects the skin against UVB radiation and minimizes the harmful long-term effects of sunlight exposure. Effective photostabilizer of PARSOL® 1789. Good solvent for solid UV filters.

PARSOL® EHS: Oil-soluble UVB filter. Protects the skin against UVB radiation and minimizes the harmful long-term effects of sunlight exposure. Good solvent for solid UV filters.

PARSOL® SLX: PARSOL® SLX is a silicone based UV-B absorber and is allowed up to 1% in US sunscreen formulations.

Inolex

LexFeel® Wow DT: 100% plant-based, fast spreading, partially volatile alternative for silicones such as cyclotetrasiloxane and cyclopentasiloxane.

High SPF (50+) Water-Resistant Oxybenzone-free Sunscreen

Ideal for active use, our broad-spectrum high-SPF (50+)* formulation provides water-resistant, durable sun protection, absorbing quickly without a sticky after-feel.

DOW

SunSpheres™ Powder: Functions as an aesthetically pleasing SPF booster. Built on a unique hollow sphere technology that enables greater SPF efficiency in sun care and daily wear SPF products. The hollow spheres raise the UV absorption over the whole UVA/UVB spectrum, working equally well with organic and inorganic actives.

Epitex™ 66 Polymer: Excellent film former. Low tackiness. Provides outstanding water resistance, improved feel on skin and ease of processing in a variety of formulation types, including o/w, w/o and w/SI formulations.

DSM

PARSOL® 1789: Oil-soluble, highly efficient UVA filter. Only globally approved broad UVA spectrum filter. Protects the skin against UVA radiation (320–400 nm) and minimizes the harmful long-term effects of sunlight exposure. Protects the skin from premature photo-aging and pigmentation.

PARSOL® 340: Oil-soluble UVB filter. Protects the skin against UVB radiation and minimizes the harmful long-term effects of sunlight exposure. Effective photostabilizer of PARSOL® 1789.  Good solvent for solid UV filters.

DSM

PARSOL® EHS: Oil-soluble UVB filter. Protects the skin against UVB radiation and minimizes the harmful long-term effects of sunlight exposure. Good solvent for solid UV filters.

PARSOL® HMS: Oil-soluble UVB filter. Protects the skin against UVB radiation and minimizes the harmful long-term effects of sunlight exposure. Good solvent for solid UV filters.

Inolex

LexFilm® Sun: Waterproofing agent, solubilizer for UV actives.

Lexorez® 200: Waterproofing film former.

Mineral-Based SPF 50 Oxybenzone-Free Sunscreen

This mineral-based SPF 50 broad spectrum sunscreen contains natural emollients, emulsifiers and rheology modifiers and is free from PEGs, silicones and preservatives. It also contains ingredients shown to provide anti-pollution and blue light protection benefits.

DSM

Niacinamide PC: Studies suggest it has anti-inflammatory activity on blemished skin; improves skin moisturization and the appearance of aging skin; provides protection against oxidative stress and urban pollution.

Mixed Tocopherols 95: Antioxidant; stability enhancer; mix of naturally derived tocopherols.

Parsol® TX: UVB filter with coating that offers significant improvement to in vivo SPF. Protects the skin against UV radiation and minimizes the harmful long-term effects of sunlight exposure.  Extends protection into the blue light region.

Inolex

SustOleo™ MCT: Palm-free medium chain triglyceride derived from castor bean and coconut. Non-greasy, clear and odorless natural emollient with an elegant after feel and medium spreading. Excellent solubilizer for sun filters and dispersing agent for pigments and inorganic filters.

SustOleo™ DCS: Palm-free, 100% natural emollient and slip agent with light cushion and silky after feel. Excellent solubilizer for sun filters and dispersing agent for pigments and inorganic filters.

LexFilm® Sun Natural: 100% natural, plant-based multi-dimensional polymer for film forming and water resistance in suncare applications.

Solvay

Rheozan® SH: Rheology modifier that is certified 100%natural.  Excellent stabilizer of formulations containing acidic actives and electrolytes.  Provides a smooth velvety skin feel and helps eliminate tackiness.

SPF 50 Oxybenzone-Free Sport Spray Sunscreen

This broad spectrum, water-resistant SPF 50 sunscreen spray applies clear and dries quickly while imparting a silky, light feel and protecting the skin. Its convenient touch-free, rub-free attributes are ideal for quick and easy sun care application.

DSM

PARSOL® 340: Oil-soluble UVB filter. Protects the skin against UVB radiation and minimizes the harmful long-term effects of sunlight exposure. Effective photostabilizer of PARSOL® 1789.  Good solvent for solid UV filters.

PARSOL® 1789: Oil-soluble, highly efficient UVA filter. Only globally approved broad UVA spectrum filter. Protects the skin against UVA radiation (320–400 nm) and minimizes the harmful long-term effects of sunlight exposure. Protects the skin from premature photo-aging and pigmentation.

PARSOL® EHS: Oil-soluble UVB filter. Protects the skin against UVB radiation and minimizes the harmful long-term effects of sunlight exposure. Good solvent for solid UV filters.

DSM

PARSOL® HMS: Oil-soluble UVB filter. Protects the skin against UVB radiation and minimizes the harmful long-term effects of sunlight exposure. Good solvent for solid UV filters.

Inolex

LexFilm® Spray: Waterproof film-forming system for hydro-alcoholic spray sunscreens. Pourable liquid that is readily soluble in water/alcohol phases.

LexFeel® 7: Light emollient; non-oily.

SPF 50 Oxybenzone-Free Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin

This broad spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen lotion with skin-soothing ingredients caters to those with sensitive skin. While acting as a gentle, irritant-free lotion, it is still certified for broad spectrum protection.

Dow

SunSpheres™ Powder: Functions as an aesthetically pleasing SPF booster. Built on a unique hollow sphere technology that enables greater SPF efficiency in sun care and daily wear SPF products. The hollow spheres raise the UV absorption over the whole UVA/UVB spectrum, working equally well with organic and inorganic actives.

DSM

Allantoin: Originally known for its wound-healing properties. Has keratolytic effects to soften the skin, stimulates epithelization to speed up skin regeneration. Also has anti-irritant effects.

dl-Pathenol 50 L: Long-lasting moisturizer for hair, skin and nails; constituent of Coenzyme A; soothes and helps improve dry skin.

PARSOL® 340: Oil-soluble UVB filter. Protects the skin against UVB radiation and minimizes the harmful long-term effects of sunlight exposure. Effective photostabilizer of PARSOL® 1789.  Good solvent for solid UV filters.

DSM

PARSOL® 1789: Oil-soluble, highly efficient UVA filter. Only globally approved broad UVA spectrum filter. Protects the skin against UVA radiation (320–400 nm) and minimizes the harmful long-term effects of sunlight exposure. Protects the skin from premature photo-aging and pigmentation.

PARSOL® EHS: Oil-soluble UVB filter. Protects the skin against UVB radiation and minimizes the harmful long-term effects of sunlight exposure. Good solvent for solid UV filters.

PARSOL® HMS: Oil-soluble UVB filter. Protects the skin against UVB radiation and minimizes the harmful long-term effects of sunlight exposure. Good solvent for solid UV filters.

 

Whether you are hoping to re-formulate your products to meet regulatory and sustainability goals or you are interested in our formulations for turn-key use, the Nexeo Solutions team is ready to help you tackle challenges impacting the personal care industry.

For more information, contact our lab services team or reach out to your Nexeo Solutions sales representative.

Source: https://chemicalwatch.com/66685/hawaii-set-to-ban-two-sunscreen-ingredients


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