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New Research Shows Potential New Sun Protection

Posted: November 12, 2008

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An alternative to zinc oxide

According to Devers, cerium dioxide could, theoretically, replace zinc oxide, a widely used inorganic filter. Although zinc oxide is accepted for use in many countries, Devers notes it is not yet included on the European Cosmetics Directive positive list. He maintains that if zinc oxide does not get accepted as a UV filter by the Directive, a company that had already started investing in a potential substitute would have a significant head start on the rest of the industry.

The U.K. cosmetics trade association the CTPA confirmed that an application has been made for the inclusion of zinc oxide into Annex 7—the positive list for UV filters—but this has not yet been granted.

CosmeticsDesign.com, October 20, 2008