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Sunscreen 101

Play it safe in the sun: New FDA guidelines make it easier to save your skin; here's how to make sense of them

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  • Bogus claims: There is no such thing as waterproof or sweat-proof sunscreen. "Under the new guidelines, no sunscreen products will be able to make these claims on their labels," says Yao. In addition, sunscreens can no longer promote themselves as providing "24-hour" or "instant" protection without submitted data to the FDA to support their claims. "New labels have to direct consumers to reapply the sunscreen every two hours to ensure it remains effective," adds Yao.

    Water-resistant time limits: "One application will not last all day, so water-resistant formulas will be required to state whether they remain effective for 40 minutes or 80 minutes while swimming or sweating, per standard testing," says Linder. Formulas that are not water-resistant will be required to instruct users to apply a water-resistant sunscreen if they plan to swim or be physically active.

    Active outdoor enthusiasts can try Coppertone Sport Pro Series With DuraFlex or Aveeno Hydrosport Spray—both of which are water- and sweat-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

Sunscreen 101
Play it safe in the sun: New FDA guidelines make it easier to save your skin; here's how to make sense of them
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