The FDA’s new sunscreen rules

  • Products must be called sunscreen rather than sunblock to reduce misconceptions that one provides different coverage.
  • Sunscreens cannot claim to be at an SPF higher than 50 due to the lack of research suggesting that they do actually provide better protection.
  • They also cannot claim to be waterproof or sweatproof, as those claims have never been true (sad…)
  • They must specify if they provide broad spectrum protection (ie. reduce risk of skin cancer and premature aging), or have a label detailing that “This product has been shown only to help prevent sunburn, not skin cancer or early skin aging.”