The FDA has released new guidelines on sunscreen and how it's labelled. These guidelines will go into effect in June 2012. Here is a rundown of what to expect:
Products labeled "Broad Spectrum SPF" are indicative of a higher protection level from both UVA and UVB radiation. This means they have passed the FDA's broad spectrum test which analyzes the products UVA protection comparative to its UVB protection.
Use Claims: Only products with a Broad Spectrum SPF of 15 or above may state claim to protect against early signs of aging and skin cancer. Those with an SPF value ranging from 2-14 may only state claim to sunburn protection.
"Sunblock", "Waterproof", "Sweatproof": Gone are the days when you will see these three words on your sunscreen bottle. The use of these terms exaggerate their actual effectiveness.
Claims to water resistance: Labels must state either 40 or 80 minutes of effectiveness while either swimming or sweating.
All drug facts must be printed on the label
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