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  • Sunscreen Symposium Draws Record Crowd

    Sunscreen Symposium Draws Record Crowd

    I wrote this column while attending the Florida Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists’ Sunscreen Symposium, which was held September 12-14 in Orlando, FL. The biannual symposium, which dates back to 1986, was a huge success this year with…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 10.01.19

  • OTC Sunscreen Filters Are on Life Support

    The status of the 24 over-the-counter (OTC) ultraviolet absorbers approved for use since 1978 is on life-support.  If my treatise here does not move the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Personal Care Product Council (PCPC), cosmetic sc…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 10.01.18

  • Actives | Sun Care

    The Case for Sunscreens

    My previous column posed the question: Who needs sunscreens? The Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF) and the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) both answer with an emphatic “Everyone!”1,2 Sunscreen use can help prevent skin cancer by protecti…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 08.01.17

  • Actives | Sun Care

    Some Positive Developments In the Sun Care Industry

    In my previous column (August 2016) we played the blame game in the sunscreen industry. I highlighted many of the negative developments in the industry and who was responsible for this perceived deterioration in the protection of our consumers from t…
    Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd 10.03.16



  • 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