Korea Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) is testing a new level of SPF, currently PA+++, to protect our skin. This will take some time because the process to receive approval before products can get to the shelves, will need to pass through all quality tests! New ranges of cosmetics with a higher UV Light coverage will be coming to you very soon, as South Korea is quite quick on passing new beauty standards for being a beauty powerhouse country.
‘Top Classification of Ultraviolet (UV) Light Blocking’ is promoting the extension of PA++++. However, the level of SPF has to show valid scientific proof to make that possible.
In Korea, cosmetics and related products such as foods, food additives and pharmaceuticals are regulated by the Korea Food and Drug Administration (KFDA). Both functional cosmetics and quasi-drugs must be evaluated by the KFDA before they are allowed in Korea. Quality testings must be conducted. However, the testing that is required differs based on whether the product is a quasi-drug, general cosmetic or functional cosmetic. Functional cosmetics are evaluated based on the efficacy of their individual ingredients rather than the finished product as a whole.
Thereof, KFDA opened a conference in mid-July 2015 with other cosmetic industries to talk about functional cosmetics, reviews and reports to enhance UV light coverage in cosmetic products. The main issue was the removal of pH (potential hydrogen) as one of the substances in many products. The Korean government was keen to hear about the latest changes in the cosmetic industry and the Cosmetic Laws applied to society.
Topics discussed are as follows:
- Cosmetics to have the function of preventing melanin pigmentation in the skin, thereby preventing spots and freckles, and promoting the whitening of the skin.
- Cosmetics that thins the skin with pigmented melanin to promote the whitening of the skin.
- Cosmetics that give the skin elasticity to alleviate or improve skin wrinkles.
- Cosmetics that shield off the powerful sunlight but allows a light suntan.
- Cosmetics that block or diffuse the UV rays to protect the skin.
- Cosmetics that remove the substance pH for more UV coverage.
More in depth, KFDA plans to conduct research based on the prevention of UV Light that affects the skin. Through having many trials and errors, they hope to find the best solution for extending UV Light blocking range. The goal is to spread out the scope of existing regulations from measurement results and average values of SPF in range -20%. The countries of United States, Europe, and Japan give permission for establishing acceptable ranges of SPF displayed in accordance with the validity of SPF results in the test.