With a dizzying array of options on the market, walking into a store and knowing what sunscreen to buy is difficult.
The Food and Drug Administration’s new sunscreen rules, announced earlier this week, aim to change that. In a year’s time, a few simple tweaks right on labels should make it easier for consumers to parse out exactly what’s what. Among them:
Products will no longer be able to be labeled “waterproof” or “sweatproof.” Instead, they will have to list how many minutes they can last in the face of moisture. Also gone? The word “sunblock.” Too misleading.
Only sunscreens found, in the lab, to protect equallyagainst UVA and UVB rays will carry a “broad spectrum” designation. (The current SPF ratings that most consumers rely on refer to how well sunscreen stands up to UVB rays only.) In addition, only sunscreens that are SPF 15 and higher will be able to claim they reduce the risks of skin cancer and aging.