New Sunscreen Labels

Posted on Apr 27, 2013

How to Read New Sunscreen Labels

Remember to read the labels carefully before choosing sunscreen this summer…

Gone are misleading terms such as “waterproof” and “sunblock.” Added are warnings that some products don’t protect against wrinkles and skin cancer and that others do so only as part of a larger sun-protection plan.
These changes and others are the result of new labeling rules from the Food and Drug Administration. The long-delayed rules cover all sunscreen products shipped by large manufacturers since mid-December.

But will the new labels help consumers better protect their skin from sun damage?

They will, skin health experts say — if consumers take the time to read the fine print and then choose and use the products wisely.