• A Forum for Sunscreen: Debating Better Protection

    A Forum for Sunscreen: Debating Better Protection

    Nadim Shaath September 4, 2013
    Vital issues confronting the sun care market in the US will be discussed at a round table panel discussion during this month’s Sunscreen Symposium by the Florida Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists.1 It is the third time such a forum ha…

  • We’re Right in the Middle of a Busy Sunscreen Season

    We’re Right in the Middle of a Busy Sunscreen Season

    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd July 10, 2013
    Much of the country endured record-setting cold this past winter and rain this spring. No wonder, then, that many consumers will try to spend as much time outside as possible this summer, which unofficially began in May in the US. May, which also hap…

  • The Archaic TEA Process Revisited

    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd May 3, 2013
    The US has fallen behind in the adoption of sun care ingredients that are actively in use in other countries. What are the reasons for this lag? Recently, I was invited to participate in a coalition that endeavors to improve the regulatory pathway fo…

  • The Evolution of Sun Care: Antioxidant Protection

    The Evolution of Sun Care: Antioxidant Protection

    Nadim Shaath March 13, 2013
    Sun care products have evolved extensively during the past four decades. In the 1970s and 1980s, an effective sunscreen was one that blocked burning UVB rays and permitted so-called healthy UVA rays to go through the skin. The emphasis was on pro…

  • Final Rule for Sunscreens Is now in effect

    Final Rule for Sunscreens Is now in effect

    Nadim Shaath January 24, 2013
    The first ever sunscreen Final Rule in the US went into effect last month. According to the US Food and Drug Administration, sunscreen products marketed under the OTC Monograph System, the compliance date for products with sales of $25,000 or more…

  • FDA Sunscreen Regulation Remains a Game of Shadows

    FDA Sunscreen Regulation Remains a Game of Shadows

    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd September 28, 2012
    This summer was supposed to herald the first ever Final FDA Sunscreen regulations in the United States. Instead, the regulations were postponed yet again to December, and the summer season passed without too much fanfare. Developments in the last few…

  • The Dog Days of Summer

    The Dog Days of Summer

    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd. June 29, 2012
    A month into summer and demand for sunscreen is rising. Dog Days: noun. 1. The sultry part of the summer, supposed to occur during the period that Sirius, the Dog Star, rises at the same time as the sun: now often reckoned f…

  • Sun Protection Should Protect from IRA Damage

    Sun Protection Should Protect from IRA Damage

    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd. April 30, 2012
    Defense against solar radiation is vital to human health but are current sunscreens up to the task? Sun care products that filter both UVA and UVB rays are insufficient since they do not block all the damaging rays from the sun. Recently, it became p…

  • Infrared Radiation  Skin Protection

    Infrared Radiation Skin Protection

    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd March 1, 2012
    We have been wrong before. We once believed that the sun circled the earth before Galileo Galilei argued for a new perspective. Sunscreen formulations that attempt to protect us from damaging effects on the skin do not currently protect us from infra…

  • Happy New Sunscreen Year

    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research& Development Ltd February 10, 2012
    June 18, 2012 is the day the first Final Rule ever for sunscreen regulations in the US will be finalized and enforced. That segment of the regulations allows manufacturers to claim that “sunscreen reduces the risk of skin cancer and early skin…

  • FDA: Now Youre Talking

    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd. August 29, 2011
    After years of silence, indecision and conflicting regulations, the FDA has finally begun proposing Final Rules in sunscreens. More importantly, a new image has appeared in strong contrast to the once reticent FDA. We have rarely had an FDA spokesp…

  • Finally...The Final Rule On Sunscreen Labelling

    Finally...The Final Rule On Sunscreen Labelling

    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd. July 7, 2011
    Memorial Day signals the official start of summer; it is the dawn of sunscreen season again. As in years past, annual reviews and reports purport to shed light on the newly-released products available from the industry. This year is no different in t…

  • In the Sun, in the Dark

    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd May 3, 2011
    Are we encouraging a false sense of security among consumers? When we use sunscreens for protection, are we truly covered? Are we in the dark when we are in the sun? In the upcoming installments of The Sunscreen Filter, I will attempt to shed so…

  • 5-Star Research; Below Par Ratings

    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd. March 11, 2011
    Conflicting news on the benefits and dangers of sunscreen and skin cancer has saturated news both in print and online for the past few months. Several interesting reports on new ingredients as well as sun care formulations have surfaced. In additio…

  • Alarmist Rumors Impact The Future of Sunscreens

    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd. September 7, 2010
    Headlines blare: “Can Sunscreens Cause Cancer?” “By the Ounce or by the Tumor?” “Sunscreen or Smokescreen?” Articles bearing scare-tactic titles such as these appear in daily blogs, in the press and in TV reports d…

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