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The Best Sunscreen News We’ve Heard All Year

Written on July 31, 2014 at 11:35 am , by

The United States might finally be catching up with the rest of the world in skincare and sun protection.

The House passed a bill Monday that would expedite the Food and Drug Administration’s approval process for new sunscreen ingredients—many of which are old news to Europe, Asia and Australia.

The FDA hasn’t approved a new ingredient in 15 years (seriously!), and some applications have been pending approval for more than 10. The reason? Many claim it’s a simple overflow of approval work and a lack of information. Because sunscreen is viewed as a cosmetic product in the EU, there isn’t much hard data available on whether or not these ingredients are completely safe, thus stalling the process.

Now the bill is headed to the Senate, and if it passes, The Sunscreen Innovation Act would slap 18-month deadlines on the FDA for approving new applications, but would only apply to ingredients that have been sold outside of the U.S. for at least five years. Many of those ingredients make sunscreen easier to apply and prolong its effect, meaning more protection for us without the goopy, sticky mess.

Fingers crossed for better ingredients and healthier skin!

 

Photo by Laura Doss

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Practice Sun Safety with SpaFinder

Written on August 17, 2011 at 5:25 pm , by

Wear this bracelet to practice sun safety. (Photo courtesy of SpaFinder)

Wear this bracelet to stay smart in the sun. (Photo courtesy of SpaFinder)

Skin experts recommend slathering on SPF early and often to protect from harmful rays. As many times as our dermatologists drill this in our heads, however, we admit to occasionally forgetting to reapply as often as we should. Thankfully, we found a simple reminder: SpaFinder’s “I Will Reflect” bracelet.

This cute little number is only $4.95 and has an adjustable strap so it can fit all wrist sizes. It starts off as a light white color, then darkens to purple when you’re exposed to harmful UVA/UVB rays. Once it turns dark purple, you’ll know it’s time to reapply sunscreen or head indoors.

The bracelets are part of a national campaign by SpaFinder to promote awareness about early melanoma detection and prevention. More tips and articles about skin safety can be found on their website, and you can order a bracelet of your own here.

Now tell us: How do you stay safe in the sun?