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UVA logo: what it means

Noticed that the COLIPA logo for UVA protection is only present on certain products? Here’s why:

All of the products in our sun care range contain UVA sunscreens which protect the skin from long-term damage such as premature aging. Sometimes this comes in the form of ingredients such as calamine which is 98% zinc oxide and so offers protection from both UVB and UVA light.  In products like Powdered Sunshine, this works beautifully whereas it was quite difficult to put calamine into products like Sesame Suntan Lotion or Million Dollar Moisturiser, without altering the texture.

Both Million Dollar Moisturiser and Sesame Suntan Lotion contain UVA synthetic screens, but because the UVA value isn’t one third of the SPF value in these products, they don’t qualify for the UVA logo. Both of these products do still give protection because the broad-spectrum sunscreens are in there.

If you take a look at the ingredients list on any of these sun care products; Octylmethoxycinnamate is a UVB screen, Octocrylene is a UVB screen and Butylmethoxydibenzoylmethane is a UVA screen. We have used the highest level of Butymethoxydibenzoylmethane that is allowed. The best tool that we have at the moment to raise the UVAPF (Protection Factor) is calamine powder, and we continue to explore ways of using this.

Interestingly, in Japan they have an alternative UVA rating system to Europe, and under their stipulation all our sun care products would qualify.


We know that the ingredients we’ve used (such as calamine) offer protection from both UVB and UVA light.

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about 5 years ago

This is really useful article, thanks! Does Lush do nanoparticle-free sunscreens? I have been looking for a non-nano Zinc Oxide based sunscreen, so finally a calamine based sunscreen such as Lifesaver is very welcome!
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