Sun care formulations: Self-tan and protection

The following formulations focus on sun care with concepts including a pre-sun product, a protective sun oil, a UV shield for coloured hair and a subtle self-tan

Formulating effective and on-trend sun care and tanning products is essential to keep your consumers safe – and coming back for more.

Below are four formulations that focus on different sun care products covering pre-sun, a sun oil, UV shield for coloured hair and a subtle self-tan.

Formulation 1

Evonik recommends Color Care UV Shield Hair Conditioner to protect hair fibres against damage caused by UV light.

Heat phases A and B separately to approximately 75°C. Combine both phases, homogenise and cool down while stirring. Add phases C and D below 45°C. Adjust pH value to approximately 4.5.

Formulation 2

A pleasant self-tanning gel, called Secret Subtle Self-Tan, developed by Innospec, provides a light texture and excellent lubricity and spreadability thanks to the inclusion of Gelaid CPE.

Add the ingredients of phase A sequentially, mixing in between each addition until obtaining a clear uniform system. Adjust pH with 50%w/w solution of citric acid if necessary. Add glycerin in 0.25% increments until system is clear.

Formulation 3

An idea from IFF-Lucas Meyer is this Protective Sun Oil utilising the supplier’s MelinOIL active ingredient. It is transparent with a non-greasy after feel and offers SPF10 protection, as well as strengthening the skin’s natural photo-protection.

Prepare phase A and heat at 70-80°C under slow stirring. When the mixture is homogeneous, cool down under medium stirring. Add phase B (one by one) below 40°C.

Formulation 4

Gear Up For Summer from Merck is a pre-sun care product to help skin build up natural melanin.

Disperse phase C in phase B and heat to 60°C. Heat phase A1 to 60°C. Disperse phase A2 in phase A1 and heat to 60°C. Add phase BC slowly (while stirring) to phase A. Homogenise. Neutralise batch with phase D while stirring. Stir to cool down and add phase E.

Featured Companies

Innospec (more information, website)
Lucas Meyer Cosmetics (more information, website)
Evonik (more information, website)
Merck KGaA (more information, website)