Sunscreen's New FDA Labeling Rules: 6 Things You Need to Know
Sunscreen is getting a makeover! The FDA just issued new guidelines for the product's labeling, designed to give us more information about its effectiveness, the L.A. Times reports. The changes are expected to take place by next summer. In the meantime, here are six things you need to know:
1. Time to toss the SPF 75! Sunscreens will no longer be able to carry an SPF value higher than 50, and the highest category will now be 50+. Studies found that sunscreens with an SPF higher than 50 don't actually provide greater protection.
2. For the first time, sunscreen labels will be allowed to claim that the products protect against skin cancer and wrinkles.
3. Sunscreens may be labeled "broad spectrum" if they block UVB radiation and a percentage of UVA radiation. UVB causes sunburns, while both UVA and UVB can lead to skin cancer and early skin aging.
4. Any product below SPF 15 must carry a warning saying it won't reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging.
5. Say goodbye to sunblock! The FDA is doing away with the term 'sunblock,' since no product can actually block all the radiation in sunlight.
6. Protective products will no longer be labeled as "waterproof" or "sweat proof," and labels must state how long the protection lasts—either 40 or 80 minutes. So be sure to reapply after swimming!