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New FDA Rules Clear Confusion On Sunblock Claims

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The Food and Drug Administration just released new rules to help  clear up the confusing jumble of numbers, letters and unpronounceable ingredients. 

Under the old rules, sunscreen companies only have to put enough stuff in their products to protect you from the sunburn causing UV-B rays. As of today, the new rules published by the Food and Drug Administration state that companies must provide ingredients that also protect against UV-A rays and Infra Red energy.

Starting next year, all labels must read “broad spectrum” to alert you that their product protects against all types of damaging rays. Any sunscreen that has an SPF (or Sun Protection Factor) of 15 or less will have a warning label on it to let you know that you are not well protected sun burn or any other types of skin damage.

The FDA also says that sunscreen products will also be tested on how well they block UV-A rays which can penetrate glass and cause incidental sun exposure that may also pose a risk of skin cancer and companies are banned from claiming their sunscreen is “waterproof” and “sweat proof”. The SPF claims are also going to be capped at SPF 50, as the FDA states that the only difference between SPF 50 and SPF 80 is the price.

Click here for the Top Five Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to picking the right sunscreen.

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