New FDA labeling to help make it clearer
In order to make it clearer for consumers the FDA has updated its labeling of all sunscrren products.
Products which are called “broad spectrum” will protect against all UVA and UVB sunrays. Currently in the US there are only 2 agents which block UVA which are either zinc oxide or avobenzone. However, look for more UVA blocking ingredients coming in upcoming products to a shelf near you.
In addition, products which are listed as sweat or water proof must be specific to let you know how long the water will maintain an spf protection for when actually wet after standard testing. SPF 50 plus will be the highest issued SPF as SPF 70,80,90, and 100 are phased out. This is in part because there is little difference in sun protection between SPF 50 and SPF 100.
Let’s hope that spring is upon us soon and that there is good reason to lather up the right BROAD SPECTRUM sunscreen.