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Though sunscreen bottles may not look very different, with the recent FDA rulings on new sunscreen labeling, there are changes to how consumers should read products. Sandy Newton, Educator at PCA SKIN, offers up what to look out for as you shop for sunscreens this summer.
Low SPFs now come with a warning - Products with SPFs below 15 must carry warnings that they protect only against sunburn, not skin aging or skin cancer. Sunscreens are also tested for SPFs at a certain thickness on the skin. If you're not applying enough, then you may only be getting half the protection the SPF rating reads or less.
Broad spectrum labels - Broad spectrum claims must pass a standard test before products can make that claim. Products without broad spectrum labeling also cannot claim to protect from skin aging or skin cancer.
Waterproof and sweat-proof claims - Many sunscreens may have once claimed to be "waterproof" or "sweat proof." Those terms are no longer allowed under the new FDA rules as they are misleading. Instead, bottles will now say whether a sunscreen is water resistant for 40 or 80 minutes.
For those looking for added protection this summer the following are some of latest products on the market.
Make-up with SPF - Though not an alternative for applying sunscreen in the morning, make-up with SPF is a great way to add another layer of protection over your face. Jane Iredale offers a variety of mineral make-up choices with SPF ratings of between 20 and 30.
Clothing with UPF rating - All fabrics block UV radiation to some degree. Clothing that does the best job carries an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating from 15 (good) to 50+ (excellent). Both REI and Patagonia offer products with a range of UPF ratings.
Antioxidant-Rich Sunscreens - Many sunscreens now offer added benefits for your skin in addition to protection from the sun. PCA SKIN offers a suite of sunscreens that are formulated for those with uneven skin tone, oily or breakout-prone skin or dry skin.