Recently, the US Food and Drug Administration, FDA, has put sunscreen filters under scrutiny. There are currently 16 commercially available filters, divided into 2 groups: physical mineral filters: zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, mainly act as small mirrors to reflect the light and absorb a smaller portion of the ultraviolet light. Chemical filters, completely absorb the ultraviolet light. Based on advancing insight over the past twenty years, the FDA has created the acronym GRASE for sunscreen filters. GRASE stands for: Generally Recognized As Safe and Effective This is a step in the right direction and a start has also been made in Europe to properly investigate sunscreen filters.
What came out of GRASE? Only two of the sixteen filters are GRASE, namely Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. Two filters are not GRASE: PABA and trolamine salicylate and the others have insufficient safety data to make a good sun protection claim. Read here the FDA news dated February 21, 2019.
Iconic Elements Mineral Suncare is GRASE
Iconic Elements looks ahead!
The impact of sunscreen filters on the coral reefs is enormous, reef parts are dying out and are also called ‘Reef Zombies’. Recently, some countries have passed laws banning certain chemical sunscreen filters, including oxybenzone and oxtinoxate. The countries are: Virgin Islands (Virgin Islands) Palau (West pacific), Mexico, Hawaii, south Florida and Bonaire. The impact on nature is great.
Mineral sunscreen filters are allowed. In Europe there are no laws about this and the use of these filters is allowed.
Iconic Elements Mineral Sunscreen is Coral and Marine animal friendly
There’s more, other benefits of Iconic Elements Mineral Sunscreen
- One of the few available completely mineral sunscreen without perfume in the Netherlands.
- Titanium dioxide mainly covers UVB rays and zinc oxide better protects the skin against UVA rays
- Works immediately
- Photostable, the cream remains stable under the influence of sunlight
- Very suitable for people with sensitive skin
- Safe for children, pregnancy, breastfeeding
- No perfume, no chemical filters
- All of our airless dispensers contain no: BPA, BADGE, BPAF, BDFGE, BPS.
Prevention of skin cancer and premature skin aging are the most important reasons for good lubrication. The Netherlands is in the top 5 for most melanomas in Europe.
What does good lubrication mean? We apply less sunscreen to our skin and less frequently than the recommended every 2 hours. Learn more about applying sunscreen.