Starting this summer, sunscreen labels will carry a “broad spectrum” label to show they offer some protection against UVA (ultraviolet A) as well as UVB (ultraviolet B) radiation. This has been mandated by the Food and Drug Administration so that people can make better decisions regarding the sunscreen products they choose.
UVB is responsible for sunburn and plays a major role in causing skin cancer. It affects the outer layer of the skin. UVA is less intense than UVB, is 30 to 50 times more prevalent than UVB and penetrates the deeper layers of the skin. UVA is the dominant tanning ray and is linked to skin aging. It also damages skin DNA and causes skin cancer.
- The FDA is requiring that sunscreen products that are broad spectrum protect against both UVA and UVB; in the past UVA was only sometimes included.
- Water resistant sunscreens have to specify how long they protect after a person sweats or swims. If they are not water proof they have to state that.
- Labels now will be able to claim that a product protects against skin cancer if it has an SPF rating of 15 or higher.
- Products will no longer be allowed to claim they “block” the sun or that they prevent skin cancer or aging.
- Sunscreens will now carry a “drug facts” box on the back or side of the container.
Source: Costco Connection