With the updated FDA regulations launching into effect this year, manufacturers now have to pass a UVA protection test before they can claim “broad spectrum”.
Now if you see “broad spectrum” on the label, you can rest assured the product protects equally against UVA and UVB rays.
UVA rays age the skin and cause skin cancer. UVB rays turn your skin red and cause sunburns, plus cause skin cancer
But just because protection may be more consistent going forward, it doesn’t mean all products are created equal. SkinCeuticals sunscreen line uses a transparent zinc oxide to protect the skin from the entire spectrum of damaging rays. Their transparent zinc oxide, Z-COTE (R), goes on elegantly under cosmetics and has fewer ingredients thus having less risk of irritation.
So it’s time to toss out all your old sunscreen and stock up on the newer better stuff. Ask your Glow Med Spa esthetician which product might be best for your lifestyle. From “mostly in the office” to “major soccer mom” or “pool/ beach life guard” – we’ll help you keep your skin looking great for years to come.
New FDA broad spectrum sunscreen rules:
- Only sunscreens that pass can be labeled “broad spectrum”. This claim indicates equal protection against UVB and UVA rays.
- Sunscreens with an SPF over 15 that earn the “broad spectrum” designation will be allowed to claim to reduce the risk of skin cancer and slow down the skin aging process when used properly (applied 15 minutes before sun exposure and reapplied every two hours).
- Sunscreens with an SPF under 15, or that do not give equal UVB and UVA protection, will have to carry a warning that they haven’t been shown to slow skin aging or help prevent skin cancer.