Changes For Sunscreen


Now that the warmer weather is hear and there’s gonna be a lot of time of fun in the sun.

Your sunscreen may not be up to standards.

The Food and Drug Administration ordered sunscreen companies in 2011 to clear up confusion over claims to block damaging ultraviolet rays, prevent skin cancer and premature aging.

The revised labels were supposed to be on the shelf by June 2012, but last week the FDA announced sunscreen companies will have six more months to comply.

On current packaging, the SPF only measures protection from sunburn causing UVB rays, not the deeper UVA rays which can cause cancer.


One of the new requirements by the FDA is letting consumers know on the label how often sunscreen should be applied. All the new labels will say water resistant for up to 40 or 80 minutes. That means it should be re-applied at least every 40 or 80 minutes, but more often if you'll be getting wet.

Two words that won't be allowed on new labels are proof and block.

For instance, the labels can't call themselves water or sweat proof and they can't say the product is a sun block.

The FDA says there's no such thing as a sun block.


Look for the changes in sunscreen in place by summer 2013.