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This is the first summer in which FDA's new rules governing sunscreen labeling are in effect. 

A new important requirment is that manufactoruers are required to do testing and labeling that identifies sunscreens that are "broad spectrum," meaning they offer protection against both UVB and UVA rays.  Products should list "broad spectrum" on the fornt of the package to help consumers identify the one which provide the most protection.

All sunscreen products offer protection against UVB rays, which are the primary cause of sunburn. But both UVB and UVA rays contribute to sun-induced skin cancer and premature skin aging.

Addtional protections include:

  • Sunscreens that are not broad spectrum or that lack an SPF of at least 15 must now carry a warning: "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."
  • If a product' claims to be water resistant, it must designate whether it's protective for 40 or for 80 minutes while swimming or sweating.
  • Manufacturers may no longer make claims that their sunscreens are "waterproof" or "sweatproof."
  • Products may no longer be identified as "sunblocks" or claim instant protection or protection for more than two hours without reapplying.
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Greta Jenkins is an author, mom, nurse and a community volunteer. She is the author of various articles about home and family life and has been featured in various parenting magazines and newspapers.
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