New sunscreen labels provide protection information

May 10, 2013 5:44:41 PM PDT
Sunscreens are getting new labels that should help consumers better understand just what kind of protection they are getting.

The idea is to make it easier for shoppers to make smart decision at glance about a product's effectiveness simply by reading the label.

The new labels must provide information about whether a sunscreen will protect against skin cancer in addition to sunburn.

To reduce your risk of skin cancer and early aging the American Academy of Dermatology recommends looking for a broad spectrum, which means the sunscreen protects against UVB and UVA rays, a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher and water-resistant for up to either 40 or 80 minutes.

This means the sunscreen provides protection while swimming or sweating for the length of time listed on the label.

In addition to sunscreen, the academy recommends wearing sun-protective clothing, seeking shade and avoiding tanning beds.


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