As one of the fastest growing categories of skin care due to the increasing global awareness regarding the impact and damage that the sun can have on unprotected skin, the use of sunscreen lotions in order to protect one’s skin against sunlight is a common and more than sensible precaution. We see trends in sunscreen lotions with increasing Sun Protection Factors (SPF), well over 100. Additionally, consumers show increasing awareness that their skin needs all the help it can get, not just by the application of sunscreens, but also by helping the skin better deal with sunlight in general. Solar protection is one of the key drivers behind the fast-growing sun care market. In 2013, the global sun care market generated 5.6 billion U.S. dollars from its sun protection products segment.
The use of active ingredients in sunscreen formulations, which make the skin cells more resilient against sunlight, essentially strengthening the skin cells' self defense mechanisms, is strongly on the rise. We see many sunscreen manufacturers using active ingredients and making related efficacy claims, which were only used and made for high-end face care products in the past.
Both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSC) are becoming increasingly prevalent throughout the world as men and women rush out to enjoy the warmer summer weather. The global understanding of skin cancers and the relationship to over exposure to the sun’s harmful rays is by now well known. There is an obvious trend towards using appropriate protective and preventative measures, but within this trend there is an ever increasing move towards higher and higher SPF values, with increased emphasis on UV-A protection whilst maintaining overall broad spectrum activity.
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