Sunscreen 101: What You Need to Know about the New FDA Regulations

It seems like every year, the FDA creates new regulations on Sunscreen. Well thanks to  A Bullseye View, here’s a handy info graphic to help us out!  I think it’s great, because we live in a world where everything is promotional and catchy and sometimes manufacturers forget that we need some products, not want.

This also answered a lot of questions I had, especially since some companies don’t put an exact time of how long a sunscreen is supposed to last. In addition, the ridiculous SPF 70’s and all those high numbers left me as a consumer assuming that I was getting more protection from a SPF 70 rather than a 35.

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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.

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