After decades (!) of deliberation and anticipation, the Food and Drug Administration recently revealed new rules regulating sunscreens that will go into effect in a year. Here, a brief crib sheet on what you need to know:
- In order to be labeled "broad spectrum", sunscreens must provide equal and adequate UVA (wrinkle and cancer-causing rays) and UVB (burning and cancer-causing rays) protection.
- Sunscreen companies will be banned from labeling their products as "sunblock", "waterproof" or "sweatproof"; instead, they'll be able to indicate on the packaging how many minutes the sunscreen resists water, based on FDA-reviewed tests results.
- Any sunscreen under SPF 15 or without a proportionate amount of UVA and UVB protection will have to include a label that states that the product does not provide protection against skin cancer or skin aging.
- The FDA has yet to decide on one additional rule: Whether to ban the labeling of SPFs above 50. They are still accepting comments about this proposed regulation.
What do you think about the new sunscreen rules?