FDA’s New Sunscreen Rules

The new Rules will have stricter labeling regulations to protect against cancer causing UVA light. And it will take effect by summer 2012 ( so a year from now )

New sunscreen labels will be able to show us for the first time how well these products claim to work against cancer causing (UVA) light . They will provide us with something called a broad spectrum protection that will let us know how well a product will protect us against both UVA and UVB lights.

To make things more clear please watch the video below:

So what do we do until this change goes into effect?

Well my friends I did a bit of homework so you won’t have to!

  • 1st of all we should look for labels between SPF 15 and SPF 50. They have to mention both UVA and UVB protection and have to contain Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide which  are both known to reliably protect against both UVA and UVB rays.
  • We cannot START applying sunscreen while we are ALREADY sitting in the sun. We have to apply sunscreen 30 minutes BEFORE leaving the house, and then re-apply sunscreen every 40 to 80 mins. This is important . One application a day is not enough.
  • We should assume that there is no such thing as waterproof sunscreen. There has been no known evidence that they are actually waterproof !. And besides it usually rubs off as soon as we dry our selves with a towel !. So just to stay safe we should reapply sunscreen ( waterproof or not ) as soon as we are out of the water!
  • We have to apply enough sunscreen on ourselves. The face requires about a teaspoon for the best coverage, while  arms and legs require about a tablespoon.
  • We must consider wearing breathable clothes when we are exposed to the sun. Most of us have grown up with the notion that when it’s hot and sunny the less we wear the cooler we ll get. Unfortunately my friends that isn’t true. Mainly because if we shade our skin, we’ll actually stay cooler. Brands like Coolibar, and Solartex have a wide range of clothes and accessories that are especially made  for sun protection.
  • Last but not least we should try to avoid the sun between 12 noon and 3 pm, when it is the strongest.
 The video below has a couple of more pointers so please check it out.

Hope that this post wasn’t too boring for you and that you found it useful.

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