The sunscreen category is one of the most researched in the beauty industry, with constant updates and changes in formulas and applications — we've just seen the launch of our first vitamin D friendly formula — and now we're looking at a completely different type: liposomal sunscreens.
Sunscreens usually fall into one or both of the following categories; physical or chemical. Physical sunscreens literally create a barrier between your skin and sun's rays, whereas chemical sunscreens are absorbed by the skin and protect it from the sun from the inside. Both formulas have pros and cons, but we know we have to use them, physical sunscreens carry less risks but are sometimes thick and greasy, whereas chemical sunscreens are usually easier to wear but carry risks in the unknown long-term affects of applying the sun-safe chemicals to our bodies.
Liposomal formulations are a new category altogether. The liposomes sink only into the top dead skin cell layer of the skin — no absorption into the blood stream — so lessening the chemical risk factor, but as it's still absorbed, there's no greasy finish.
Sounds like the best of both worlds? Well, that's what we thought. Still under development by many brands, the technology has been used by cosmeceutical brand Actinica for a few years, and now Cetaphil have launched their first liposomal sunscreen range Suntivity. To get all the details on this new technology, what it is and how it actually works we spoke to Associate Professor Pablo Fernández-Peñas, the director of research and education for the Skin & Cancer Foundation Australia.
Is this sunscreen the answer to our greasy or chemical sunscreen dilemma? Read on to see what you think.