Over the last year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has implemented new sunscreen labeling requirements for sunscreen distributors. The new regulations address previous concerns from dermatologists who have deemed sunscreen claims as problematic.
The new rules list that only Broad Spectrum sunscreens with a SPF value of fifteen or higher may claim to reduce the risk of skin cancer and early aging. In addition, sunscreen bottles cannot claim to protect the skin from UV rays for more than two hours without reapplication.
Furthermore, the FDA has regulated that companies now may not label their products as waterproof or sweatproof as the claims overstate their effectiveness. Sunscreens can still have water resistance claims on their front label; however, they must indicate how long the sunscreen remains effective. The water resistance claims must be based on standard testing and must provide the customer with information on whether the sunscreen is effective for thirty minutes or for an hour while sweating or swimming.
In order to learn more information about how sunscreen works, view the FDA video below.
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