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FDA Issues New Rules For Sunscreen Labels

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I was just apalled when I saw this story. Apparently the U.S. has been way behind most of the industrialized world when it comes to sunscreens and protection of our skin.

Thus, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that starting next summer sunscreen makers will have to test their products’ effectiveness against sun rays that pose the greatest danger to our skin. Right now sunscreens protect against UVB rays but not all protect against the deep-skin penetrating UVA rays.

Also amongst the mandated changes is that the miminum SPF (sun protection factor) has to be 15.

And finally, sunscreens can no longer claim to be “waterproof” or “sweatproof” as there is no such thing. Isn’t that amazing? The evidence is there that melanoma (skin cancer) is way up so I’m glad Uncle Sam is doing something about this.

Now let’s go to the beach!

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