In a nutshell, the FDA recommends expanding the sunscreen labeling to include broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB. While the timing is perfect for XANGO and our Glimpse® Mineral Treatment SPF/PA+++ announcement, you may be a bit confused by all the technical terms flying around. Well, don’t worry, we’re here to clear that up for you.
See below a quick and simplified run down of the technical terms you need to know about in the realm of sunscreens: UVA, UVB, SPF and PA.
- UVA: UVA is a type of ultraviolet light with higher wavelength (400-320 nanometer). UVA penetrates the skin deeply and is known to cause premature aging and wrinkling (photoaging).
- UVB: UVB is a type ultraviolet light with lower wavelength (320-290 nm). UVB tends to damage the skin’s surface layers, causing reddening and sunburn. For example, if it takes 30 minutes without protection for your skin to turn red, using SPF 15 sunscreen prevents you from reddening 15 times longer.
- SPF: Protection in sunscreen is indicated on labels as SPF (sun protection factor). SPF is an indication of how long skin would take before your skin turns red – a measure for UVB damage. Skin Cancer Foundation recommends a sunscreen with SPF of 15 or higher for adequate protection.
- PA: PA (Protection Grade UVA) is the Japanese measurement of sun protection. This measurement is based on the Persistent Pigment Darkening (PPD) reaction reading to 2-4 hours of sun exposure. Most EU countries use PPD and most Asian countries use PA. UVA causes premature aging.
PA+ (PPD 2-4) UVA protection PA++ (PPD 4-8) Considerable UVA protection PA+++ (PPD 8 and up) Greatest UVA protection
Now that the technical jargon is clear and understandable, let’s celebrate XANGO’s Glimpse Mineral Treatment’s UVA and UVB new labeling. While the global formula has remained the same since we launched in 2009, the sun protection testing is something we just finished up earlier this Spring. This Mineral Treatment testing was conducted by a 3rd party laboratory receiving the rating of SPF 25 and PA +++, which is higher compared to most mineral powders available. Most mineral powders offer lower sun protection at 15 SPF with no UVA labeling.
Leading the personal care industry with safe, natural and effective products, we’re happy to say that we’re ahead of the curve! A strategy that’s getting XANGO noticed—check out this article from Cosmetics Design. As you enjoy your summer season pick up enough of XANGO’s Glimpse Mineral Treatment to cover all the ones you care about and want protected.
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Glimpse® Skin Care Brand Philosophy
Glimpse® Topical Skin Nutrition is creating the category for topical skin nutrition from the mangosteen. XANGO discovered a vital life source deep within the rich, dark pericarp of the mangosteen fruit. Driven by this discovery, ground-breaking science, and performance-driven results, XANGO has created a category … others will follow.
The mangosteen holds many secrets, anti-aging is one of them! We’ve explored the whole mangosteen fruit and derived the finest and most potent xanthone-rich ingredients. The result is a proprietary blend, exclusive to Glimpse Skin Care, known as BioActive X3 Complex®. This patent-pending blend of three exclusive xanthone complexes is at the heart of our meticulously created formulas.
Through the convergence of time-honored techniques and advanced, customized technology from Japan, BioActive X3 Complex is enhanced with mangosteen-infused water, biofermentation and cold processing to preserve and amplify the potent phytonutrients found in mangosteen. Glimpse Skin Care additionally is intuitive, featuring self-adjusting formulas to address your skin’s ever-changing needs. The more you use Glimpse Skin Care, the better it works for you. This scientific care and attention to detail ensures performance-driven skin nutrition coupled with vital safety and rare purity.
Blessed with the mangosteen fruit, XANGO is setting a new standard and pledges to do no harm. By following strict green chemistry standards and signing the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, you are ensured performance-based skin nutrition without the use of harmful toxins.
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