ISP reacts to consumer demand for broad spectrum sun care

By Leah Armstrong

- Last updated on GMT

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US-based global supplier of speciality chemicals, International Specialty Products, ( ISP), has launched Escalol S, a UV absorber with broad spectrum protection, in reaction to a ‘major trend’ in sun care.

Broad spectrum skin protection refers to the way in which it can protect the user against UVA and UVB rays. Escalol S offers this in one single ingredient.

‘Keystone ingredient’

The company has described the chemical as a ‘keystone ingredient’, claiming that it can ‘boost the performance and stability of other commonly used UV filters.’ Overall, the addition of this ingredient is said to have an invigorating effect on the other ingredients in the skin care product and will lengthen sun protection.

According to James A Mish, VP and General Manager of ISP, Escalol S responds to a consumer market that is increasingly concerned with the consequences of prolonged exposure to the sun.

More than ever, consumer and regulatory agencies are focused on the potential damage of UVA radiation to skin and overall health. The major trend in sun protection is toward broad spectrum protection- from both UVA and UVB radiation”

License to market worldwide

ISP has licensed the technology used in the Escalol product from BASF. According to Phillip Strenger, Senior VP for ISP, this licensing is significant since it gives ISP the capability to market the ingredient on a global scale.

“HydroxyPheny;Triazine chemistry has been approved for use in Europe and elsewhere for several years, and ISP will offer this material to our customers in the EU immediately​”, he said. “When the ingredient is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA), we will market Escalol S in the USA as well”.

ISP is one of the world’s major suppliers of specialty chemicals for a variety of pharmaceutical, food and personal care products. It is one of the major companies to have been hit hard by the dramatic soar in oil prices and raised its prices by as much as 20% in reaction to this at the beginning of the summer.

This latest boosting ingredient in sun care protection adds to the company’s existing sun care ingredient portfolio and follows significant ingredient launches such as ColourTrue technology, which claims to provide colour retention for hair care products.

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