FDA lays out new requirements for sunscreen labels

Posted at 9:45 PM, May 24, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-26 10:22:01-04

(WTVR) — Take a close look at your sunscreen this summer. The FDA hopes new labels will make it easier for consumers to choose the best products to protect against the sun.

New label requirements from the Food and Drug Administration do away with words like sunblock, waterproof and sweatproof.

Products will only get the water resistant label if they pass testing. Same goes for “broad spectrum”, which means the sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

Under the new rules, a Product with an SPF below 15 has a warning saying it only helps prevent sunburn and does not protect against skin cancer or skin aging.

Dermatologists also recommend putting on sunscreen 15 minutes before going out, wearing hats and protective clothing, and staying in the shade when you can.

The new regulations will also apply to cosmetics and moisturizers that has sun protection.
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a sunscreen that’s water resistant, offers broad spectrum protection and has an SPF of 30 or greater.