Sunscreen Filter


  • Air Pollution’s Effect On the Skin, Part II

    In the April column of The Sunscreen Filter (p. 46) I described the ever-expanding problem of air pollution and its effect on human health in general and the skin in particular. Air pollutants were classified as primary or secondary and methods for q…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 05.02.14

  • Air Pollution and Its Impact on Skin

    Air Pollution and Its Impact on Skin

    Exposure to the elements is of paramount interest to the cosmetics and cosmeceutical industry. Sun and air pollution, both indoor and outdoor, deserves closer inspection. The subject of air pollution and its effect on the skin in particular warrants…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 04.01.14

  • After 50 years of Sun Care…

    As we celebrate 50 years of sun care developments in the US, we pause to reflect on our accomplishments as well as our disappointments. There have been both innovations and delays in sun protection. Tom Branna, editor of Happi, has already written an…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 01.01.14

  • Australian Study Confirms that Sunscreens Save Lives

    Australian Study Confirms that Sunscreens Save Lives

    The view from Egypt, land of the sun, is dim. The killing of protesters is senseless. Here I am, in Cairo, in the middle of the so-called Arab Spring, writing about skin cancer while dodging demonstrations that are turning deadly! It is difficult to…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 11.04.13

  • Actives | Functional Ingredients | Sun Care
    A Forum for Sunscreen: Debating Better Protection

    A Forum for Sunscreen: Debating Better Protection

    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…
    Nadim Shaath 09.04.13

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

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

    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…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 07.10.13

  • The Archaic TEA Process Revisited

    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…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 05.03.13

  • The Evolution of Sun Care: Antioxidant Protection

    The Evolution of Sun Care: Antioxidant Protection

    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…
    Nadim Shaath 03.13.13

  • Final Rule for Sunscreens Is now in effect

    Final Rule for Sunscreens Is now in effect

    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…
    Nadim Shaath 01.24.13

  • FDA Sunscreen Regulation Remains a Game of Shadows

    FDA Sunscreen Regulation Remains a Game of Shadows

    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…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 09.28.12

  • The Dog Days of Summer

    The Dog Days of Summer

    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…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd. 06.29.12

  • Sun Protection Should Protect from IRA Damage

    Sun Protection Should Protect from IRA Damage

    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…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd. 04.30.12

  • Infrared Radiation  Skin Protection

    Infrared Radiation Skin Protection

    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…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 03.01.12

  • Happy New Sunscreen Year

    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…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research& Development Ltd 02.10.12

  • FDA: Now Youre Talking

    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…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd. 08.29.11

  • Finally...The Final Rule On Sunscreen Labelling

    Finally...The Final Rule On Sunscreen Labelling

    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…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd. 07.07.11

  • In the Sun, in the Dark

    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…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 05.03.11

  • 5-Star Research; Below Par Ratings

    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…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd. 03.11.11

  • Alarmist Rumors Impact The Future of Sunscreens

    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…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd. 09.07.10

  • Shadows Cast on Sunscreens

    In this column, I have been documenting the upheaval and unrest that continues to mar the sunscreen landscape. The lack of final regulations from the FDA and the absence of a proactive and effective response from the American Academy of Dermatology (…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd. 07.08.10