Aprinnova Presents CleanScreen™ Z60SF: The Mineral UV Dispersion That Has It All

The 75th Annual Society of Cosmetic Chemists’ Scientific Meeting & Showcase is the premier conference for cosmetic science education. On December 13–15, innovators across the industry convened to discuss diversity in beauty, new discoveries in CBD and the microbiome, skincare, and the progress of the past 75 years. During the conference, Aprinnova presented its latest innovation at Table #330: CleanScreen™ Z60SF, a new zinc oxide, non-nano UV dispersion featuring Neossance™ Squalane offering safer non-whitening broad spectrum UV protection without petrochemically derived ingredients or silicones.

Formulating Sun Protection Is Challenging

The past few years in sun protection have been tumultuous with multiple changes in proposed GRASE filters. In 2021, the FDA proposed that 12 chemical sunscreen filters to provide additional data to demonstrate safety and effectiveness. Consumers have expressed their concern about octocrylene, which may degrade into the suspected carcinogen benzophenone. Throughout each FDA proposal, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide retained GRASE status.

Zinc oxide is a category 1 sunscreen that provides both UVA and UVB protection, however zinc oxide sunscreens have presented formulation challenges in the past:

  • Inconsistent UVA and UVB protection
  • Potential for whitening
  • Presences of silicones or petrochemically derived ingredients
  • Difficulty with formulations

Without proper formulation, ZnO sunscreens may agglomerate requiring high or inconsisted amount of zinc oxide in formulas. Without even dispersion, they may cause white cast, which is particularly important for consumers with darker skin tones. Zinc oxide dispersions have historically relied upon coatings or emulsifiers derived from petrochemicals, which are not sustainable, or silicones which consumers express concerns about. Finally, ZnO can be hard to pour or use in formulations.

CleanScreen Z60SF: Safer Non-Whitening UV Protection without Petrochemicals or Silicones

Our new mineral UV dispersion was designed to solve these issues to help brands include clean SPF protection in every new product that touches skin, especially in facial skincare and color cosmetics. Cleanscreen Z60SF Zinc Oxide UV dispersion addresses increasing consumer concerns about sunscreen safety and sustainability without compromising performance or sensory properties. It provides non-whitening, mineral-based broad UV protection that does not enter the bloodstream. It offers more protection, less whitening, and no petrochemicals.

Benefits include:

  • Anti-aging benefits
  • Non-whitening, even coverage
  • UVB and UVA broad-spectrum protection
  • Sufficient data for FDA
  • Non-nano
  • Features Neossance™ Squalane
  • Simple, sustainable ingredient list
  • Excellent stability
  • Reef-safe
  • Easy formulation

The CleanScreen Z60SF Difference

CleanScreen Z60SF has a uniquely designed efficient particle coating and dispersant system providing high levels of protection from UVA and UVB radiation without whitening. Silica coats the zinc oxide particles, while the lecithin disperses them in Neossance Squalane, enabling silicone- and petrochemical-free claims. Zinc oxide dispersions have been approved for use in the U.S., E.U., China, and Japan, allowing for global product formulation. CleanScreen Z60SF is 100% naturally derived based on ISO 16128, making it ideal for any natural-positioned products.

At 10–15% ZnO use levels, CleanScreen Z60SF offers a range of SPF 30 to 50 and PA+++, measured by in vivo FDA and ISO methods. In this SPF 50 face cream, CleanScreen Z60SF’s absorbs faster with less white cast, compared to a commercially available benchmark:

Feel CleanScreen Z60SF in Person

At SCC’s Scientific Meeting & Showcase, visitors had the opportunity to test pourable CleanScreen Z60SF, try out newly developed non-whitening formulations, and learn how to transition to superior-performing ingredients that are safer for the consumer, sustainable for the environment, and ethically sourced. The Aprinnova poster can be viewed online.

For those who are unable to attend the SCC’s Scientific Meeting & Showcase, request a sample online to try it out at your convenience. Formulations for the prototypes are available on the Knowledge Base.


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