The sun filtering ingredient Mexoryl has generated a lot of buzz lately. And it’s no wonder. In 2006, the FDA approved Mexoryl SX (ecamsule) the first new sun filter to be approved in 18 years!
This is cause for celebration as most other sun filters on the market offer UVB but not UVA protection from the sun’s rays. While UVB rays are the ones responsible for sunburns and sun tans, it’s the UVA rays that lead to wrinkles and deeper cellular damage that may result in some types of skin cancers. Sun protection products including Ombrelle and La Roche Posay’s Anthelios contain the unique UVA ray fighting ingredient called Mexoryl.
The sun filtering ability of Mexoryl have what dermatologists called “photostability” characteristic. Photostable means that Mexoryl does not break down when it comes into contact with the sun’s rays, and it stays on your skin for longer periods of time, up to 24 hours. Continuous unprotected exposure to both UVB and UVA rays will cause the skin to deteriorate, wrinkle, age, and in some cases develop skin cancer. So, it’s important to protect your skin against both UVB and UVA rays simultaneously with a product that contains an effective ingredient like Mexoryl.
There are two variations of Mexoryl, Mexoryl SX and Mexoryl XL. The difference between the two is that Mexoryl SX is water soluble so it is recommended for daily wear. Mexoryl XL is oil soluble, and is a bit more durable and water resistant than Mexoryl SX. Mexoryl XL an Mexoryl SX can be found in the high protection Anthelios XL SPF 60. But, the important thing to remember is that when these variations of Mexoryl combine, they create the most complete protection against UVA and UVB rays than either one alone could. Ombrelle and Anthelios skin protection products use both Mexoryl SX and Mexoryl XL to create the most effective products to protect against the sun’s damaging effects. Anthelios and Ombrelle products can be found in a wide range of SPFs and formulations to suit all skin types.