It’s important for all ages to protect their skin from the sun. That’s why I’d like to share an article I read recently on the new requirements for sunscreen labels. After 33 years of studies, the FDA is cracking down on sunscreen manufacturers in attempt to limit misleading labels and claims about sunscreen and better protect consumers from burns, aging of the skin and cancer.
The new requirements, which will go into effect next year, prohibit manufacturers from making exaggerated claims that their sunscreens are “waterproof” or “block” sun. The FDA now requires that before manufacturers can call their product “water resistant,” they must be able to prove it with test results and are required to specify for how long the sunscreen stays effective in water on the bottle. Additionally, the new rules also state that no sunscreen under SPF 15 may claim to help prevent skin cancer.
Although the stricter labeling standards will hopefully help consumers make better decisions about protecting their skin, the threat of skin cancer still remains and the old rules for sun exposure still apply this summer. Despite the improved sunscreen standards, the article urges readers to continue to be cautious of burns and recommends three simple tips for preventing them: reapplying sunscreen often, wearing a hat and avoiding exposure to the mid-day sun when UV rays are strongest.
For the full article from AARP visit http://blog.aarp.org/2011/06/15/dont-get-burned-fdas-new-sunscreen-rules/. For information and tips on protecting yourself from UV rays and skin cancer, visit the Sun Safety Alliance website here: http://www.sunsafetyalliance.org/index.html.