Sunscreen Primer

Everything you needed to know about sunscreen with guidelines from the FDA.

The news has been confusing in the past but the FDA is offering new rules to ensure that we get the protection we need and the protection level we pay for.

The FDA announced that it is giving sunscreen manufactures six months to comply with regulations meaning that the changes won’t be in stores this summer.

Key fixes: Sunscreens will be labeled “water resistant” (as opposed to waterproof or sweatproof); they can no longer be called “sunblocks” (as it overstates their effectiveness); and they can no longer claim to provide instant sun protection or to last more than two hours without reapplication.
On top of that, sunscreens can be labeled “broad spectrum” only if they protect equally against UVB (the main culprit of skin cancer) and UVA rays, which cause aging.

Read the whole article for advice from dermatologists.

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