Not your mother’s sunscreen
Gone is the time when wearing sunblock meant a face that was shiny or a body that was slathered in thick white cream. The formulas used today are a far cry from those even just a few seasons ago. “Our products have evolved as consumer needs have evolved,” says Susan Liao, regulatory affairs associate with Johnson & Johnson, Inc., in Markham, Ont. “Many years ago, consumers didn’t know what they do now about what is needed to protect themselves from the sun’s rays.”
Sun protection in a bottle was developed in 1946 by an outdoors-loving chemistry student in Switzerland. An early ingredient was PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid), which causes skin reactions in some users; today, products are widely marketed as PABA-free. That’s just one development. Read on for others.