Beauty News: Sunscreen Undergoes New FDA Regulations

16 Jun

FDA Makes Marked Changes to the Way Sunscreen Manufacturers Market

In the past, all you needed to know about sunscreen was the SPF (Sun Protection Factor). If it was higher than 15, you felt secure that you would be protected from the harsh rays of the sun. Unfortunately, there is much more to be concerned about when it comes to picking out the right sunscreen. Besides SPF, there is also the issue of whether or not the product is waterproof and if the product protects you from UVA and UVB rays. According to the FDA, there are going to be strict rules and regulations regarding how sunscreen manufacturers label their products. For example, the terms sunblock, waterproof and sweatproof will no longer be used on sunscreen packaging. The reasoning for this change is due to the false sense of security it gives customers. Also, the FDA is planning on shelving the idea of SPF over 50. Supposedly, there isn’t sufficient data to suggest that the higher SPF actually provides better protection. All of these changes will take affect next summer.

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