New Sunscreen Rules

SunscreenWhat? Rules? I know…The New York Times shared that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) revealed new rules that declare which lotions supply the optimum protection from the sun. The FDA also ended some key claims, that they are waterproof…A claim that drove sunscreen sales. This means that word usage, such as, “sunblock”, “waterproof,” and “sweatproof” will now have to pass stronger standards.

Sunscreens must now equally protect us from two kinds of radiation from the sun, UVB and UVA, to receive the desirable label of offering “broad spectrum” protection.

  • UVB rays cause burning
  • UVA rays cause wrinkling
  • Together, they both cause cancer

The new rules will also officially forbid sunscreen manufacturers from declaring that their products are waterproof or sweatproof because such claims are FALSE. However, sunscreen manufacturers WILL have consent to say the amount of time that their product is water resistant for.

Another rule stands that only sunscreens that consist an SPF (sun protection factor) of 15 or higher will be permitted to claim that they aid in preventing sunburning and reducing the risks of skin cancer and early aging of the skin.

More than two million people in the United States are treated each year for the two most common types of skin cancer, basal cell and squamous cell, and more than 68,000 receive a diagnosis of melanoma, the most deadly form of the disease. Sunscreens have not been shown to prevent the first case of basal cell carcinoma, but they delay reoccurrences of basal cell and have been shown to prevent squamous cell and melanoma.

The FDA have been considering the rules since 1978, when most lotions were aimed to encourage tanning, not protect against it. Now, 33 years later they came to these decisions. The rules go in effect in one year. Don’t wait until then though to make your own personal changes. Be more aware when dropping by the store to grab some sunscreen before heading down to the beach or pool. Take a second to really decide which sunscreen will be the most beneficial. And remember, there’s no such thing as “waterproof” or “sweatproof,” but they are “water resistant,” so reapplying sunscreen is crucial. Don’t forget, Sundance Beach is a destination for sunscreen as well.

Applying sunscreenTo read more about this article from the New York Times, click here.

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