Wednesday, May 2, 2012


Sunscreen has gotten a new makeover thanks to the FDA.  Here are some things you need to know.

1.  Products that do not pass the new ”Broad Spectrum” testing requirements or have a SPF value less than 15 are required to include a warning that states, “Skin Cancer/Skin Aging Alert: Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. This product has been shown only to help prevent sunburn, not skin cancer or early skin aging.”
2. Broad Spectrum sunscreens can include a label that states that using the product “as directed with other sun protection measures decreases the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun.”
3. Only the term “water resistant” may now be used on labeling.
4. Labels must include the duration of water resistance provided by the product in two time periods: 40 minutes or 80 minutes.
5. Products that claim to provide sun protection at a value higher than SPF 50 may only be labeled as SPF 50+ and not with a numerical SPF value higher than 50.  There is no compelling evidence that an SPF greater than 50 provides better protection than an SPF of 50.

Hope this information is helpful!    Please wear sunscreen daily!  At least one with an SPF of 15.  Skin Cancer is no joke!


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