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Summer Skin Guide

APPLY SUNSCREEN!

Given recent announcement by the FDA in Februaury 2019, you may be wondering if sunscreens are safe for you and your family, as well as the planet.

What did the FDA announce?

FDA Proposes New Sunscreen Regulations

  • The FDA note that zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are safe to use
  • 12 other sunscreen ingredients will be required to submit additional safety data

What does this mean?

It means that you should still wear your sunscreen daily and often!  We know for a fact that sunscreen helps prevent skin cancer and protect the skin from sun damage.  Controversy has swirled particularly around oxybenzone, a common ingredient in so-called “chemical” sunscreens, as opposed to the “mineral” products based on zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.  However, this controversy arose mainly from one study in which large amounts of the substance were fed to immature rats for four days.

What should you know about your sunscreen?

Sunscreens come in many formulations and delivery methods, and it can take trial and error to find the one you like best.  Whether it’s a sport spray, an easy-to-use stick or a rich moisturizer with antiaging ingredients, the best sunscreen is the one you will use every day.

  • Broad Spectrum: The words “broad spectrum” on a label indicate that the sunscreen contains ingredients that effectively protect against UVA rays as well as UVB.
  • Water Resistance: While sunscreens can’t claim to be waterproof, they can be labeled water resistant for either 40 or 80 minutes. Yes, you can burn even when you’re in the water, so reapplying is key!
  • SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor: The number tells you how long the sun’s UVB rays would take to redden your skin when using a particular sunscreen compared with the amount of time without sunscreen. So if you use an SPF 15 product exactly as directed (applied generously and evenly, and reapplied after two hours or after sweating or swimming), it would take you 15 times longer to burn than if you weren’t wearing sunscreen.
  • Sensitive Skin: Products containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, sometimes referred to as mineral or physical blockers, may be less likely to cause skin irritation in people who have sensitive skin.

 

 

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