New labels help you pick the right sunscreen - WNCT

New labels help you pick the right sunscreen

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Sunscreen is probably on your shopping list this summer, but if those labels leave your head spinning, here's why; the Food and Drug Administration has changed the requirements on labels so you can make a truly informed choice.

Experts say sunscreen is critically important in forming a good defense against the sun's harmful rays.

So, what should you look for?  Here's a breakdown of the new labeling requirements of the food and drug administration.

They recommend a sunscreen with a minimum 15 SPF, or Sun Protection Factor.  The American Academy of Dermatology urges people to not use anything less than an SPF 30.

Make sure it is labeled "broad spectrum."   The term means that sunscreen was good not only for UVB, which burns you, as well as the UVA, which is what ages your skin.

And you can find more information on the back.  The FDA has asked the manufacturers to discuss skin cancer and aging because these are factors that are part of sun protection.

You'll no longer see the word "waterproof;" instead, sunscreens will now be labeled "water resistant" while you're swimming or sweating for either 40 or 80 minutes.

If you don't see these terms on all sunscreen labels, you will soon.

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