Right after I posted my Birthday Suit Basics article about skincare and sunscreen, a new FDA labeing law for sunscreens went into effect June 2011:
- you will no longer see SPF’s higher than 50, (just 50+) because, according to the FDA, SPF’s over 50 do not provide any additional protection.
- only sunscreen labled “broad spectrum” (UVA and UVB) that has an SPF of 15 or higher can claim that it reduces the risk of skin cancer.
- Any product that is not Broad Spectrum, or that is Broad Spectrum but has an SPF between 2 to 14, will be required to have a warning stating that the product has not been shown to help prevent skin cancer or early skin aging.
Hopefully the labels will make it easier to find the best protection for your and your family!