Sunscreen labels changing for accuracy, FDA says

New labels on sunscreen designed to shine light on the effects of the sun’s rays will soon hit shelves.

The Food and Drug Administration recently issued new regulations for sunscreen manufacturers to promote more accurate labeling of products.

Catherine Seemann, communications coordinator at the UF Student Health Care Center, said knowing which sunscreen to choose can be overwhelming.

“You walk into a drugstore, and it is a wall — a giant wall of sunscreen products from oils to zinc,” she said, “How do you make that decision?” One of the new labeling terms consumers can look for is the phrase “broad spectrum protection.” This means sunscreen is at least above a sun protection factor, SPF, of 15 and protects against both types of ultraviolet light: UVA and UVB rays. Also under the new regulations, sunscreen products that are not broad spectrum or that are broad spectrum with SPF values 14 and below will be labeled with a warning that says “Skin Cancer/Skin Aging Alert,” according to an FDA press release.  To read more, click here.  

via Sunscreen labels changing for accuracy, FDA says – The Independent Florida Alligator: Local & National.


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