Rozy asks…Is Tinosorb sunscreen approved in US and Canada?
The Beauty Brains respond:
A lot of people are excited about Tinosorb as a new and improved UV protectant. But Tinosorb is not just one product, it’s Ciba’s brand name for a variety of of sunscreens.
Types of Tinosorb
- Tinosorb S is Bemotrizinol aka bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine.
- Tinosorb M is Bisoctrizole aka methylene bis-benzotriazolyl tetramethylbutylphenol.
- Tinosorb OMC is Octyl methoxycinnamate aka octinoxate.
- There are also Tinosorb FD and FR but these are for fabric applications and so they’re not available in skin products.
Tinosorb OMC is approved in the US and is used in quite a few products. Tinosorb S is the one that gets the most press because it’s a “next generation” sunscreen that provides UVA and UVB protection, is non-irritating, and is very photostable. That means it doesn’t break down with exposure to sunlight like other chemical sunscreens do. (That’s one of the reasons you have to reapply sunscreen so often.) It is approved in Canada, Australia, and the EU. It’s not approved in US yet because it’s lacking long term human safety data.
Hopefully the results of the safety testing will be favorable and we’ll see it here in the U.S. soon.
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