Recently, the FDA issued long-awaited new sunscreen labeling rules. For the first time, the label terms which had no official or scientific basis (such as “waterproof” or “sweatproof” or “sunblock”) will be replaced by meaningful terms supported by valid testing and clear rules. The rules take effect in June 2012.
What does this mean to you?
Well, beginning in June, if you see the words “Broad Spectrum”, you can be confident that you have both UVB (burning ray) and UVA (aging ray) protection–which is what I recommend for both skin cancer prevention and anti-aging. Even skin of color patients will benefit from the broad spectrum sunscreen.
Sunscreens which have some water resistance will be labelled “water-resistant” and specify resistance to either 40 or 80 minutes o f swimming or sweating. Also, sunscreen companies must prove if their product provides sun protection more than two hours without reapplying.