Under new FDA rules, sunscreens that have at least a 15 SPF (Sun Protection Factor) and offer protection from UVA and UVB rays can display new labels indicating that they protect against sunburn, early signs of aging, and skin cancer. The FDA has also decided that the term “sunblock” is a misnomer and will no longer be a valid claim on labeling. In the FDA’s eyes, no lotion or spray can totally protect the skin against the sun’s harmful rays. Moreover, the terms “waterproof” and “sweatproof” can no longer appear on sunscreen labeling because the FDA thinks that these claims are overstated. The FDA hopes that the new labeling rules will help consumers make better decisions.
P.S. Under the new sunscreen labeling rules, sunscreens that meet the FDA’s criteria for “Broad Spectrum” can make the claim that, if used correctly and in combination with other “sun protection measures,” they prevent sunburn, skin aging, and cancer.