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FDA Creates Stricter Sunscreen Laws

June 16, 2011

Just in time for summer, the FDA has released a statement saying that, for the first time in 30 years, they are changing the standards for sunscreens. According to NPR,

Sunscreen lotion producers have one year to make the following changes to their products:

Lotion will protect skin against UVA and UVB rays

Lotion must protect against UVA rays, which are linked to pre-mature skin aging or wrinkles and UVB, which is responsible for sunburns. Both types of UV rays can cause skin cancer.

SPF label cannot be over 50

Since there is not sufficient evidence that anything above a certain SPF are more effective, the FDA will not allow any lotion to claim an SPF higher than 50. Any lotion claiming to be higher could be pumping an unnecessary amount of harmful chemicals into our skin without significant benefits. In addition, any lotion with an SPF of 15 or lower will need to have a label warning consumers that this product may not protect against pre-mature aging or skin cancer.

Lotion cannot claim to be waterproof

Instead, water resistant labels must list how long a person will be protected from the sun while swimming or sweating before they need to reapply the lotion.

Of course it is important to give your body a good, healthy dose of vitamin D this summer when the sun comes out. But, with two million new cases of skin cancer diagnosed each year, it’s time to skip the summer sun worshipping and instead focus on protecting our skin.

Need some more inspiration on how to take care of your skin this summer?

Register for our webinar next Tuesday, June 21st at 4 PM EDT to learn how to take care of your skin naturally from Integrative Nutrition Grad and esthetician, Sharonah Rapseik.