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Keeping your skin healthy this summer

Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 12:10 p.m. CDT

This is the first summer in which FDA’s new rules governing sunscreen labeling are in effect.

Did you know that no sunscreens are waterproof? Manufacturers may no longer make claims that their sunscreens are “waterproof” or “sweatproof.”

One of the most important new requirements: Testing and labeling that identifies sunscreens that are “broad spectrum,” meaning they offer protection against both UVB and UVA rays.

Products may no longer be identified as “sunblocks” or claim instant protection or protection for more than two hours without reapplying.

FDA has no data demonstrating that sunscreens with an SPF of more than 50 provide additional benefits compared to those with SPF 50.

FDA has also requested additional data from manufacturers of sunscreen spray products to ensure their effectiveness and to determine whether they present a safety concern if inhaled unintentionally.

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention designated the Friday before Memorial Day as Don’t Fry Day. FDA and EPA support this day by reminding individuals to do the following:

• Slip on a shirt.

• Slop on broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.

• Slap on a wide-brimmed hat.

• Wrap on sunglasses.

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