The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Proposes New Sunscreen Regulations to go into Effect Next Year

Choosing a sunscreen used to be easy. You’d simply look at the SPF and call it a day. Now we know that not all sunscreens are created equal. Products that protect against ultraviolet B (UVB), the rays primarily responsible for causing sunburn, will not necessarily protect you and your clients from skin cancer or premature aging. Fortunately, the FDA is shedding light on the situation to clear up any confusion related to the effectiveness of sunscreen products and ensure that they’re both labeled and manufactured properly. One of the proposed regulations is that sunscreen products with SPF values higher than 50 will simply be labeled SPF 50+. This is on account of the fact that the FDA doesn’t have adequate data proving that products with SPF values higher than 50 provide any additional protection than SPF 50 products. What do you look for in the sunscreens you choose for your clients? For more information on the proposed regulations, click here. Also, be sure to check out “Here Comes the Sun” in our latest issue.


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