New FDA Rules and Regulations  for Sunscreens

Over-the-counter sun protection

SPF • SPF is a product’s sun protection factor. All products that claim broad spectrum protection must have an SPF of 15 or higher and pass specific FDA testing.

• Broad spectrum sun protection products with SPFs of 15 or higher are allowed to state that they can reduce the risk of skin cancer and early signs of aging.

•Broad spectrum sun protection products with SPFs under 15 may only claim to help prevent sunburn.

•No broad spectrum sun protection products may exceed an SPF of 50+, as minimal data has demonstrated that SPFs higher than 50 are more effective.

Broad Spectrum • Broad spectrum indicates that protection is included from both UVA (responsible for aging and sun damage) and UVB (responsible for burning and peeling) rays. All broad spectrum sun protection products must clearly state “broad spectrum” on the product itself.

  • No sun protection products may be identified as “sunblocks” moving forward. Water Resistance• No sun protection products can claim to be “waterproof” or “sweatproof,” since all products will wear off over time. • With proper testing, broad spectrum sun protection products may claim “water-resistant” and must state effectiveness – either 40 or 80 minutes while swimming or sweating. Application• No sun protection products may claim to protect immediately upon application, nor protect for more than two hours without reapplying. Drug Facts• All sun protection products must have a clear and accurate “Drug Facts” listing on the container. Recommendations• The FDA recommends that broad spectrum sun protection with SPF 30 is ideal for daily use. Choosing to use SPF as part of your daily routine is the easiest and most significant anti-aging habit you can adopt. Artisan Laser Skin Care Center carries multiple sun protection options for every skin type and lifestyle.

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