Does it still feel like you’re trying to stare into the sun when you try to read and understand the new FDA mandates for sunscreen? You’re not alone. Parents and sunbathers alike are all concerned with proper sunscreen protection.
Last month, we went over the new designations that will be included on the labels. This month let’s break them down and make it all understandable for you, the consumer, shopper, and safe sun bather.
- The Broad Spectrum Designation – This designation on the label means that the sunscreen is FDA-certified against UVA radiation. This will often be followed then by the SPF rating.
- Water resistant claim – No more confusing claims of ‘all day water resistant’ that make you really doubt the entire effectiveness of the sunscreen. A water resistance claim must state whether it is effective for either 40 or 80 minutes. This makes choosing a sunscreen much easier based off your activity, and lets you know exactly how soon to reapply.
- Marketing Terms Restrictions – There’s no room for puffery or marketing exaggerations. Terms and phrases like waterproof, all day protection, instant protection, sweatproof, and sunblock are not allowed. Thank goodness we say!
Check back in with us for the breakdown of the final two mandates.