New US FDA Guidelines on Sunscreen

When you go to your local drugstore to get a new bottle of sunscreen you can’t miss the fact that there are quite a lot of options available for you. It would be a usual sight to see the sunscreen aisle with shelves chock full of neatly designed tubes and bottles of sunscreen products and this is why many get confused which sunscreen lotion to get their hands on.

Sure we have heard about reading the labels so we get to make the best decision in our purchase but most of the time these labels can get confusing and sometimes misleading. But here are some guidelines from the US FDA that would make the often confusing things in sunscreen labels simpler. Since most sunscreen manufacturers were given a year to comply by next year, you wouldn’t have such a hard time deciding on which sunscreen lotion is best for you to pick.

  • Forget about “sunblock” in labels. You would not see the word “sunblock” in labels anymore as this would not be allowed. The word sunblock gives buyers the impression that the product has the ability to completely block out UV rays.
  • The label broad spectrum. This time around, you would only see the broad spectrum label in sunscreen products that actually protect the skin against UVA rays and UVB rays. UVA rays are a culprit of skin aging while UVB rays actually burn the skin.
  • SPF by the number. Sunscreen prroducts having an SPF or sun protection factor of 15 and higher would be able to claim that they have the ability to prevent sun damage, sunburn as well as skin cancer. However you would see in the label of those with sun protection factor less than 15 a warning that says that they have not been shown to prevent skin aging or skin cancer. It was also proposed by the FDA for sunscreen products to have a maximum SPF of 50. Those exceeding will carry the label SPF 50+. This is because it has not been scientifically proven that SPF higher than 50 can give you more protection against aging and skin cancer.
  • No more “waterproof” or sweatproof in labels. No sunscreen product would have the words waterproof orr sweatproof anymore as well no sunscreen would ever be able to completely last against water. Instead, you would see the label water-resistant. And those with sunscreen products carrying the water-resistant label is required to indicate how long the protection can last when swimming or after sweating.

These guidelines from the US FDA are surely helpful to many consumers. The agency would also be taking a deeper look at sunscreen sprays and check their protection factor and their safety especially the inhalation of its mist.

For better skin protection, it is ideal to apply antioxidant-packed skin products before lathering on sunscreen. The Moroccan Argan oil is loaded with numerous antioxidants such as Vitamin E, Carotenoids, Ferulic acid and Polyphenols. This makes Argan oil a powerful product against skin damage.

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