Well, someone has finally stepped up and is calling out false claims about sunscreen. It only took 33 YEARS, but the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has finally taken steps to sort out the confusing world of sunscreens. The FDA introduced new rules that specify which products provide the best protection against the sun and put an end to claims that some are truly 100% waterproof.
The rules, which go into effect later this year, will also ban sunscreen manufacturers from claiming their products are waterproof or sweatproof because such claims are false. Instead, they will be allowed to claim in minutes the amount of time in which the product is water resistant, depending upon test results. The rules also establish a standard test for sunscreen products that will determine which products are allowed to be labeled as “Broad Spectrum.”
Under the new regulations, sunscreen products that protect against all types of sun-induced skin damage will be labeled “Broad Spectrum” and “SPF 15” (or higher) on the front.
The new labeling will also tell consumers on the back of the product that sunscreens labeled as both “Broad Spectrum” and “SPF 15” (or higher) not only protect against sunburn, but, if used as directed with other sun protection measures, can reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging.
We here at the Non Toxic Revolution think that last bit about informing consumers about reducing the risk of skin and other cancers is hugely important.
Sunscreen & Fun In The Sun Tips:
Spending time in the sun increases the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. To reduce this risk, consumers should regularly use sun protection measures including:
- Use sunscreens with broad spectrum SPF values of 15 or higher regularly and as directed.
- Limit time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun’s rays are most intense.
- Wear clothing to cover skin exposed to the sun; for example, long-sleeved shirts, pants, sunglasses, and broad-brimmed hats.
- Reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours, more often if you’re sweating or jumping in and out of the water.