You may already know that this year’s sunscreen labels include new terminology!
>>No more calling a product “sunblock.” It’s just sunscreen.
>>No more claims that sunscreen is “sweat proof” or “waterproof.” A sunscreen can only be called “water resistant” for either 40 or 80 minutes, and only if it passes a government test.
>>For a label to claim the sunscreen can prevent sunburn, the product must pass the sun protection factor (SPF) test.
>>For a product to claim it can prevent skin cancer, it must pass the broad-spectrum test.
SkinCare Physicians’ Dr. Kenneth Arndt shared his words of wisdom in the June issue of the Harvard Health Letter: “Go for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF value of 30 or higher. Apply sunscreen before you go out. Use about a shot-glass full for your entire body. Reapply sunscreen every two hours or sooner if you’ve been swimming or sweating a lot.” Also wear protective clothing and avoid sun exposure between 10:00 a.m. and 4 p.m. For additional sun safety tips, read our recent blog post: /skin-care/easy-tips-to-keep-you-sun-safe/.