Researchers have developed a new sunscreen with a different chemical composition, allowing for vitamin D production, without compromising SPF rating.
The greatest source of vitamin D for most people is the sun, however with increasing awareness of skin cancer risks, people are now more likely to apply recommended sunscreens, or stay out of the sun altogether. This can be problematic, in that vitamin D deficiency can also be a major health problem.
When applying a recommended SPF 30 sunscreen, the ability of the skin to produce vitamin D is almost completely wiped out. According to a new study published in the journal PLOS One, there are specific components of sunscreen that can be removed, without changing the SPF value of the sunscreen, making it possible for the skin to absorb the type of radiation that allows production of vitamin D in the skin.
Researchers from Germany in collaboration with researchers from the Department of Medicine, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts have developed a new product, Solar D, which is made up of compounds that are able to maximize the amount of vitamin D produced by the skin, without reducing its sun protection ability. Already available in Australia, Solar D will be making its way to the US by the summer of 2016.
Dieter Kockott, Bernd Herzog, Jörg Reichrath, Kevin Keane, Michael F. Holick “New Approach to Develop Optimized Sunscreens that Enable Cutaneous Vitamin D Formation with Minimal Erythema Risk” PLOS One Published: January 29, 2016