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New FDA Sunscreen Regulations Will Change Product Labeling

As part of new FDA sunscreen regulations, sunscreen manufacturers will print updated labels on their products. Starting in 2012, all sunscreens labeled as having broad spectrum protection must prove their effectiveness in protecting the skin from the sun’s full range of light, according to new FDA sunscreen regulations. Water resistant sunscreens will also be regulated. The FDA claims that no sunscreen is waterproof all sunscreens begin to lose their effectiveness when wet. Under the new FDA sunscreen regulations, water resistant sunscreens sold will be required to have a label stating how long they maintain their effectiveness when wet. When exposing yourself to the sun, the FDA encourages individuals to wear a sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and broad spectrum protection, which can guard against sunburn, cancer and signs of aging. Additionally, the FDA states that no evidence yet shows that sunscreen with an SPF above 50 has any added benefits. The FDA also urges limited exposure to the sun in the middle of the day and suggests staying indoors when the sun’s rays are the strongest. To prevent signs of aging, the FDA says to closely follow the instructions on your sunscreen and to reapply every two hoursâ??more often if you get wet. Also, do not spray sunscreen directly on your face or inhale it. Rather, spray it onto your hands and then apply it to your face. Even if you follow these FDA sunscreen regulations, you may still have experienced some sun damage. In these cases, non-surgical treatments can reduce the visible signs of aging on your face, neck, chest and hands.