There is something new under the sun:
Sunscreens can help keep you sun-safe.
The SPF rating – the sun protection factor – for UVB protection is still used. But only products with an SPF of 15 or higher can claim protection from sunburn, skin cancer, and aging.
Say goodbye to SPFs of 80 and higher. The new high limit is fifty plus.
The new gold standard: broad spectrum protection, meaning the product blocks both burning UVB rays and UVA rays that cause aging and wrinkles. Both kinds cause skin cancer.
Misleading terms like “waterproof” and “sweatproof” are also history. The new term is “water resistant.” And check to see how long it lasts-- 40 or 80 minutes.
Also check the active ingredients. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide generally cause less skin irritation.
The FDA has given manufacturers a grace period for making the change, so old products may still be on some shelves.
And remember: apply sunscreen liberally and reapply at least every two hours.