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I am following the moisturizing cream + Zinc dispersion recipe and I am extremely satisfied. I do allow for a little time for it to absorb in & then I dab off anything that I feel looks a little white - but that's because I initially use a fairly thick coating on myself. I use a bit of foundation at times on top and there are no issues as far as weird colors or texture issues. I am so grateful for this entire website as a one-stop-shop for such effective skin care products, and now we can.. ...»
This is the best product I have ever used on my skin and I tried a LOT of expansive brands. It helps with redness and overall skin tone. Please do not ever stop making this stuff... ...»
I' m not sure about this: "11% solution gives 1% EGCG content in final product." What is the weight of final product? .. ...»
Vesna Hanich
It is true, this product does leave the skin silky smooth! I can highly recommend using it in your masks... ...»
Mati Fuller
I am 69 and I have used this product for two years almost every day at a high dose, adding it to my antioxidant day cream, with excellent results. For me it has a very high quality and effectiveness: reduction of wrinkles, hydrated skin, unified color without blemishes ... A product of 10, the same score that I give to John for the quality of the products he sells, his excellent description / use and the bibliographic contribution.En .. ...»
María Jesus
Tried this on my week-old rash from flea bites. Got an almost instant relief and rash healed in 2 days. Tried it on my daughter who has eczema for a very long time. The rashes calmed down after a few days and her skin is now healing well. Really great product. Just put in order for another jar.... ...»
This is great stuff. I add it to my liquid face soap and it does an excellent job in preventing acne and gently exfoliating the skin... ...»
Really loving this product. I make the best Centella toner and most concentrated ever. 2 g of centella extract dissolved in 10g of alcohol(you have to stir a lot) plus 88 grams of water and you get a very concentrated toner. Creams, toners, ampoules... all have only 0,1% of triterpenes, this toner i make have 1,4%. I am loving it, will see the results. .. ...»
Just recently ordered this and LOVE! Green Tea EGCG truly is one of the most fantastic skincare actives out there. Very difficult to find good quality product (90%) and even harder to actually solubilize it! Love that it comes in pre-dissolved solution. I enjoy adding it at 1% (so 11% sol) to my serum formulations containing Niacinamide 5% + NAG 3%. Excellent for oily acne prone skin. *Only gripe... because the Pre-Dissolved Solution is SO heavy in propanediol (10 parts Propanediol for 1 part E.. ...»
Wonderful base cream! Only multi-lamellar structured cream I've found on the market. Cream itself is lightweight (no oil) yet very conditioning/hydrating. Easily accepts water-soluble active ingredients as well as oil-soluble ones. I've even pushed the additional ingred % up to 20 (meaning 80% this cream, 20% added) without any separation issues. Ideal base cream for delivering actives. Personal favorite recipe calls for 5% straight Grapeseed Oil with 5% SebumREG oil active + Panthenol 1% + E Ac.. ...»
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UV Filters

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a part of the light spectrum with wavelengths between 10 and 400nm, which are longer than ionizing radiation and shorter than visible light. Due to their wavelengths UVR are not ionizing, meaning that they don’t change the electrical charge of atoms. However, UVR interaction with living tissue is not harmless. UVR determines local chemical reactions which influence biological behavior at cellular level, acting as a catalyst. UVR plays a role in several key metabolic processes that take place in the skin, for example Vitamin D production [1].

While UVR exposure is beneficial for the skin, due to their biological effect, overexposure can be harmful – causing burns and several forms of skin cancer [2]. UVR over exposure also has an effect on the cellular matrix, especially on elastin and collagen, determining premature aging of the epidermis. The Earth’s atmosphere, especially the ozone layer has the role to filter most of the UVR from reaching the ground so only about 10% of the UV rays gets through [3]­. However, due to the ozone layer damage, in the past decades, sun exposure has become more and more dangerous, with numerous associated risks for the skin. It can be argued that the benefits of sun exposure are overweight by the risks of overdoing it. Research showed that sun cumulative exposure rather than acute episodes is responsible for associated complications, including melanoma [4].

The UVR spectrum is divided in UVA and UVB radiation, based on the wavelength criteria. Both UVA (wavelength 320-400nm) and UVB (wavelength 280-320nm) are recognized as carcinogenetic factors even though they act different in their interaction with living tissue. While UVB is a tumor initiator mainly through DNA mutation, UVA is a tumor promoter and accelerator by affecting the mitochondrial metabolism and increasing free radical levels. Due to its longer wavelength UVA is more aggressive because it penetrates both epidermis and dermis and in dermis it affects the three-dimensional extracellular matrix causing the loss of elasticity and thus a catalyst in skin premature aging [5].
UVR affects skin mainly through two destructive processes: DNA damage and Oxidative Damage. DNA damage is mainly caused by UVB radiation which basically damages the genetic information within keratinocytes. The body is prepared to fix these damages, called photoproducts, at a normal rate, but when UVR aggression surpasses the body’s capacity to repair damaged DNA, cell mutation appears.  Such a mutation can proliferate and migrate thus being a serious threat for initiation and progress of skin cancer. Oxidative damage is mainly caused by UVA which unbalances the cellular oxidation process and increases ROS levels. High ROS levels are toxic to the cell that encloses them [6] [7].
To prevent the damage that the UVR spectrum research developed sunscreens and worked on perfecting them through the years. Sunscreens are meant to be applied on the skin before intentional sun exposure but also on the daily basis, to prevent cumulative UVR damage. Sunscreens come in various forms such as gels, lotions, spray but based on their working principle they can be divided in two categories: physical and chemical.
Physical sunscreens are based on physical UV filters – micro-particles that deflect UVR. There are two extensively used physical UV filters: titanium dioxide (TiO2) and zinc oxide (ZiO). Titanium dioxide is very efficient in UVB protection but does not offers sufficient protection in the UVA spectrum. In comparison, zinc oxide successfully and effectively covers the whole UV filter.  In vivo studies showed that microfine zinc oxide has a broader attenuation spectrum comparing with TiO2, especially for long UVA wavelengths – which are the most damaging to the dermis (catalyzing premature aging).
Zinc oxide is also more cosmetically acceptable than titanium dioxide making it suitable for a variety of formulations, including moisturizing formulations for daily use and waterproof formulations [8]. Furthermore, ZnO is neutral, safe, stable and non-irritating which makes it useful for fair, sensitive or ailing skin and for children that cannot tolerate chemical sunscreens [9]. Studies have shown that sun protection from an early age plays a vital role in avoiding skin cancer at a latter age [10] thus ZnO sunscreens, which offer excellent protection against UVR is an excellent solution for children. According to the FDA, ZnO is the sunscreen ingredient with the best UVR coverage [11].
Chemical sunscreens­­ are based on organic components that absorb UVR, thus preventing them to reach the epidermis. There are numerous chemical components used in sunscreen formulation such as: octylcrylene, avobenzone, octinoxate, helioplex, mexoryl, uvinul and others. Chemical sunscreens have a few disadvantages: it takes time (approximately 15-20 minutes) to become active, they can induce side effects (especially in sensitive skin), and the chemical UV filters can be unstable. For example, avobenzone, one of the most frequently used organic UV filters is highly photo-unstable and needs special stabilizing compensation measures [12].

However, through intensive research, new and innovative chemical UV filters have been developed. BASF’s Tinosorb series with its varieties – Tinosorb M (aqueous dispersion), Tinosorb S (oil dispersible) and Tinosorb S Aqua (water soluble form of Tinosorb S) it’s a chemical UV filter produced through micro-fine particle technology. Due to its chemical and physical properties Tinosorb protects against both UVA and UVB radiation. Tinosorb acts both as an organic UV filter by absorbing the UV radiation but also – due to its micro-fine structure – as an inorganic filter, deflecting the ultraviolet radiation [13]. Basically, Tinosorb is a hybrid UV filter, borrowing the best features from each side.

Tinosorb is a complete range of products that offers the possibility of oil in water (O/W) suspension by combining Tinosorb M/Tinosorb S with Tinosorb S aqua, thus providing the best coverage and uniform protection [14]. Furthermore, Tinosorb is highly stable and also acts as a stabilizing agent for other, more volatile, chemical UV filters [15] such as avobenzone [16].

In a world flooded with industrially made sunscreens with dozens of unknown formulations, proportions and ingredients DIY is an excellent alternative. Producing and refining your own sunscreen is easier than one imagines and it has numerous advantages such as:
  • You use known ingredients from a reliable, high quality source
  • You control and refine your own recipe, based on your unique skin profile
  • You can develop the perfect product for your skin, one that is not commercially available
  • UV filters are easy to use and incorporate in your favorite base cream or lotion
  • You can add ingredients that are good for your skin
When it comes to sunscreens the latest tendencies focus to developing organic-inorganic hybrids for UV protection in a way that will maximize the benefits and reduce the potential side effects. Studies have shown that mixing organic and inorganic UV filters has a synergic effect, with an enhance SPF and a better UVR protection coverage [17]. This means that you can refine and produce a sunscreen that has the best features of both types.
A state of the art combination that can be easily achieved through DIY means is Tinosorb – Zinc Oxide. Both are high quality and stable active ingredients easy to incorporate in a favorite base, scientifically validated to be efficient UV filters that work both in the UVA and UVB ranges. Combining Zinc Oxide with Tinosorb M, or a mixture between Tinosorb M and Tinosorb S aqua will ensure:
  • Superior UVA and UVB protection because of spectrum overlap
  • A more efficient protection because of both deflecting and absorbing UVR
  • A more stable sunscreen because both ZnO and Tinosorb are stable and have stabilizing effects.
  • Immediate protection, starting with the moment you apply it, because ZnO protects through deflection
  • A better aspect, because in a ZnO-Tinosorb formulation the white cast specific to the zinc oxide will be diminished
  • Less frequent reapplication – because incrementing ZnO in a Tinosorb M – Tinosorb S aqua oil/water dispersion will ensure that the protection layer is uniform and more stable
  • Less irritation – the presence of ZnO in a hybrid sunscreen will lower the possibility of rash or irritation. Zinc oxide has great skin compatibility and it is frequently used in anti-rash lotions and ointments.
  • High SPF protection, ideal for the whole family
  • Flexible formulation – you can add other active ingredients such as antioxidants or moisturizers to the sunscreen
Concluding, the best sunscreen is the one you know and develop yourself, using high quality, certified activity UV filters in a base cream or lotion that is ideal for your skin type. By knowing the formulation and the ingredients you can make sure that your skin is properly protected. Combining Tinosorb and ZnO will ensure that the sunscreen has great efficiency, skin compatibility and cosmetic aspect.


  1. Bikle, D. (2014). Vitamin D Metabolism, Mechanism of Action, and Clinical Applications. Chemistry & Biology, 21(3), pp.319-329.
  2. World Health Organization. (2017). Health effects of UV radiation. [online] Available at: [Accessed 14 Apr. 2017].
  3.  Allen, J. (2017). Ultraviolet Radiation: How It Affects Life on Earth : Feature Articles. [online] Available at: [Accessed 14 Apr. 2017].
  4. Karagas, M., Zens, M., Nelson, H., Mabuchi, K., Perry, A., Stukel, T., Mott, L., Andrew, A., Applebaum, K. and Linet, M. (2007). Measures of Cumulative Exposure from a Standardized Sun Exposure History Questionnaire: A Comparison with Histologic Assessment of Solar Skin Damage. American Journal of Epidemiology, 165(6), pp.719-726.
  5.  World Health Organization, International Agency for Research on Cancer "Do sunscreens prevent skin cancer" Press release No. 132, June 5, 2000
  6.  World Health Organization, International Agency for Research on Cancer  Humans, Volume 55, November 1997
  7. S.R. Pinell, “Cutaneous photodamage, oxidative stress, and topical antioxidant protection”, J Am Acad Dermatol, pp:3-19,2003
  8. S.R. Pinnell, D. Fairhurst, R. Gillies, M.Mitchnick, N. Kollias, “Microfine Zinc Oxide is a Superior Sunscreen Ingredient to Microfine Titanium Dioxide“, Dermatology Surgery,24, pp 309-314, 2000 
  9. B.D. More, “Physical sunscreens: On the comeback trail”, Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venerology and Leprology”, 73, pp 80-85, 2007
  10. B.K.Armstrong, A. Kricker, “The epidemiology of  UV induced skin cancer”, Journal of photochemistry and photobiology”, 63, pp 8-18, 2001
  11. United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Air and Radiation,  EPA 430-F-06-013, 2006
  12. Afonso, S. and Horita, K. (2014). Photodegradation of avobenzone: Stabilization effect of antioxidants. [online] Available at: [Accessed 18 Apr. 2017].
  13. (2017). TINOSORB® M | BASF's Care Creations. [online] Available at: [Accessed 19 Apr. 2017].
  14. (2017). TINOSORB® S | BASF's Care Creations. [online] Available at: [Accessed 19 Apr. 2017].
  15. (2017). TINOSORB® S AQUA | BASF's Care Creations. [online] Available at: [Accessed 19 Apr. 2017].
  16. Chatelain, E. and Gabard, B. (2007). Photostabilization of Butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane (Avobenzone) and Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate by Bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine (Tinosorb S), a New UV Broadband Filter. Photochemistry and Photobiology, 74(3), pp.401-406.
  17. El-Boury, S., Couteau, C., Boulande, L., Paparis, E. and Coiffard, L. (2007). Effect of the combination of organic and inorganic filters on the Sun Protection Factor (SPF) determined by in vitro method. [online] Available at: [Accessed 19 Apr. 2017].
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Tinosorb M (Bisoctrizole)
Tinosorb M is the first UV filter to combine the two worlds of organic filters and micro fine inorganic pigments: it is a 50% aqueous dispersion of colorless microfine organic particles, which are less than 200nm in size and is dispersible in the water phase of an emulsion. Tinosorb M exhibits the widest UV absorption and delivers triple action: UV absorption due to the intrinsic photostable organic molecule, light scattering and reflection as a result of its microfine structure.

Key benefits of Tinsosorb M in skin care:

  • Can be incorporated in sunscreens, but also in day care products as well as
  • Large coverage of the UV-13 and UV-A range
  • Photostable
  • Ease of formulation
  • Less UV absorber required
  • Excellent compatibility with cosmetic ingredients and other UV filters
  • Ability to photostabilize other UV filters
  • Synergistic effect with UV-13 filters (SPF booster)
Zinc Oxide Dispersion

Zinc Oxide Dispersion is a non-nano, uncoated, homogeneous dispersions of Zinc Oxide in Mineral Oil and Caprylic- Capric Triglyceride. Non-nano Zinc Oxide is safe because there are no nanopartices. The homogeneous Zinc Oxide dispersion makes it easy to process and use in DIY skin care (just add to a cream), no high shear mixing is required. Zinc Oxide is a highly effective inorganic physical sunscreen with broad spectrum UVA and UVB activity and coverage. Zinc Oxide is a physical sun protection sunscreen which absorbs & scatters UV light. Zinc Oxide offers mild and safe, long lasting UV protection, and does not degrade or oxidize.  250 gram of Zinc Oxide dispersion can make 1250 gram of final suncreen product if used at 20%.

Zinc oxide is a mineral produced by oxidation of zinc. Because of its reduced natural availability, zinc oxide is industrially produced.  Besides a wide utilization in industrial areas such as semiconductors, textiles and food, zinc oxide used in several medical products, most of them ointments and treatments that are meant for topical use. Due to its physical characteristics that ensure good coating of the stratum corneum, without intracellular invasion zinc oxide is used in rash protection ointments. Zinc also has healing and soothing properties, making it a common ingredient in soothing, calming and antiseptic lotions. One of the most encountered utilisation of zinc oxide is as a component of physical sunscreen lotions due to its full spectrum block properties, ZnO currently being the most effective substance in protecting against UVA and UVB radiation. Last but not least, because zinc is the second most present metal in the human body after iron, and thus part of every structure including stratum corneum, there are a lot of topical solutions against skin disorders such as acne, dandruff, rash, dermatitis.

Zinc Oxide Dispersion in skin care:

  • Sun damage protection [5] - [12]
  • Anti-acne [13]
  • Anti-inflammatory [14] [15] [16]
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