Harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun cause damage to
your skin. Factors like increasing global warming have posed alarming threats
to the wellness of your skin. Sunscreen is the chemical used to protect the
skin from the adverse effects of sun's rays.
Sunscreen is also known as
sunblock, sun tan lotion or block out cream. They are topical cream, lotion or
gel capable of reflecting or absorbing ultraviolet radiations falling on the
The cosmetic products
enriched with the UV light filtering agents are becoming popular in present
times. Being multifunctional, these formulations serve the double benefits of
enhancing your beauty and also protect you from the harmful ultraviolet rays.
Sunscreens are no longer
greasy and oily preparations that were uncomfortable to apply. People abhorred
the concept of wearing such oily sunscreen, and this lead to the idea of
developing a multifunctional formulation that acts as a cosmetic as well as a
sunscreen. The cosmetic companies have taken the initiative of introducing such
product in the consumer market. Some of the commonly available multifunctional
preparations include sunscreen-containing moisturizer and foundations.
containing sunscreen heave increased photoprotection compliance. They reduce
the transdermal water loss and provide moisturization to the skin.
containing moisturizer protects the skin against sunburn, photoaging and skin
cancer. Chemicals such as retinol, green tea or niacinamide provide anti-aging
properties to the sunscreen.
Sunscreen containing moisturizers usually contain sun protection factor
(SPF) between 15 to 30. Products with SPF 30 contain both UVA and UVB
protecting ingredients and are very popular while those with SPF 15 provide
photoprotection from UVA rays. The
sunscreen becomes too oily if the SPF is increased beyond 30 as it contain
substances such as octocylene which are thick oils. SO the best photoprotection
is provided by sunscreen containing SPF 30.
Another good example of multifunctional
cosmetic formulation is sunscreen-containing facial foundations. Facial
foundations are used for to blend and camouflage the underlying texture and
color of the skin. It creates a perfect complexion look and enhances your
Generally there are four types of
foundations commercially available in the market: water-based, oil-based,
oil-free and water-free. Most preferred foundations are the oil-in-water
liquids in which small quantity of oil is mixed with pigment in large amount of
water. Primary emulsifier is soap such as a nonionic surfactant or
triethanolamine and the secondary emulsifier is propylene glycol stearate or
Such multifunctional foundations acts as
good skin coverage agents as well as provide good photoprotection from harmful
rays of the sun. The photoprotection is due to the presence of inorganic
filters like titanium dioxide, chalk, zinc oxide, kaolin, talc, etc.
Sheer coverage foundation are transparent
containing titanium, dioxide and have an SPF of 2 while moderate coverage
foundation are usually translucent and have an SPF of 4 to 5. Waterproof thick cream facial foundations
are used to cover or camouflage surgical scars and usually have unlimited SPF.
They offer superior photoprotection to
people with photosensitive skin.
Nowadays sunscreens are available in a
variety of forms such as mousse (foam foundation), liquid, soufflé,
water-containing, stick cake, anhydrous cream and even shake lotions.
Owing to easy
applicability, liquid foundations are the preffered choice of women globally.
forms of facial foundations are adapted for providing sun protection- the cake,
the stick and the powder foundation forms. They are waterproof and offer water
Wax is added
to cream foundation and stick is formed that is easily stroked over the face.
Cake foundation is compressed powder and contains talc, predicated chalk,
kaolin, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. The compressed cake is applied with
the aid of a sponge over the face. These ingredients can be left loose in a
container and can be used with a brush. This loose powder is termed as mineral
Mineral makeup is a new form of sunscreen
cosmetics and can be easily dusted over your face. However they are good for day time as they
are not water resistant and does not form an even sun protective film over the
For good sun-protection it is advisable
to use sunscreen moisturizer followed by mineral makeup. An important point to
remember is that the SPF ratings of the moisturizer and the powder are not at
The use of multifunctional cosmetic is
becoming increasingly popular. Nowadays lipsticks, lip balms, facial serums and
eye creams containing sunscreen are available in the market. Theses
multifunctional products are less expensive and save your time as well.
Sunscreen filters are also being used in
hair care products. Protection from harmful sun's ultraviolet rays is important
to improve the color, growth and retention of dye color in hair.
To sum up it can be said that the
multifunctional cosmetics such as lip balms, foundations, moisturizers, etc.
are becoming popular and a finding their way in the market extensively. They make your beauty regime hassle-free and
less time taking.
The Multifunctional Value of Sunscreen-containing
Cosmetics; Zoe Dianna et al; Skin Therapy Letter.com