Sunscreen & Tanning Lotion Testing
The light that is emitted from the sun contains radiation from three frequency bands which are infrared, visible and ultraviolet light. Sunscreens are designed to primarily block the ultraviolet band as it is considered to be the most dangerous. UVA, UVB, and UVC are the three categories that comprise the Ultraviolet (UV) radiation band. Since UVC radiation is typically blocked by earth’s atmosphere sunscreens that protect against a broad spectrum generally focus on UVA and UVB radiation.
SPF or sun protection factor compares the amount of time one’s skin takes to redden while wearing the protection verse unprotected skin. Any consumer product that claims to be a sunscreen or have sun protection claims must be tested to measure the SPF of the product. Products that make waterproof claims must also be tested to verify their performance.
From products that are waterproof and sweat proof, products that moisturize without the slippery feeling of a lotion product, children’s products that contain aloe and vitamin E, to indoor tanning lotions that will not damage the acrylic surfaces used in tanning beds, Avomeen can both develop and test sunscreen/tanning products to your specifications.
Common Ingredients in Sunscreens and Tanning Lotions:
L-TyrosineGreen Tea Extract
SPF Testing (Sun Protection Factor), Cosmetics Sun Protection Test Methods:
- FDA – Food and Drug Administration (United States)
- ISO 24444
- International Global Harmonization Method (SPF)
- COLIPA (Europe)
- JCIA (Japan)
- UVA Protection Efficacy
- JCIA Method (PA, PFA, PPD)
- ISO 24442
Avomeen can test sunscreens for:
- Sun Protection Factor (SPF)
- Water Resistance & Water Proof Claim Testing
- Photo Stability Testing
- Determine Shelf Life
- Vivo Determination of the Sun Protection Factor (SPF)
- In-Vivo UVA Testing
- In-Vitro UV Testing
Avomeen can also test and develop:
- Sunless Lotions and Bronzers
- Tanning Bed Lotions
- Bath & Body Products
Want to learn more about the development process for sunscreens? Have a sunscreen or tanning product that you would like to have tested?
Call us for a free consultation with one of our Ph.D. chemists. Our full-service chemical testing laboratory can perform the product testing and development services that you desire.