Summer offically began earlier this week. In honor of Summer, we thougth we would share an overview of the FDA's changes to sunscreen regulations that were announced last week.
These new regulations are designed to help you, the consumer, decide on which suncreen is the best for your needs. Also, it gives you an overview on the safe ways to use sunscreen. That way you are getting the best protection possible.
Some highlights from the new regulations include:
All changes will take effect by the summer of 2012. Though consumers should see changes to labels sooner.
Broad Spectrum designation. Sunscreens that pass FDA's broad spectrum test procedure, which measures a product's UVA protection relative to its UVB protection, may be labeled as "Broad Spectrum SPF [value]" on the front label.
"Waterproof, "sweatproof" or "sunblock" claims. Manufacturers cannot label sunscreens as "waterproof" or "sweatproof," or identify their products as "sunblocks," because these claims overstate their effectiveness.
Water resistance claims. Water resistance claims on the front label must indicate whether the sunscreen remains effective for 40 minutes or 80 minutes while swimming or sweating, based on standard testing.
Use claims. Only Broad Spectrum sunscreens with an SPF value of 15 or higher can claim to reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging if used as directed with other sun protection measures.
For further details and to better understand the new regulations visit Questions and Answers: FDA announces new requirements for over-the-counter (OTC) sunscreen products marketed in the U.S.