Play it safe in the sun: New FDA guidelines make it easier to save your skin; here's how to make sense of them
Sidestep sneaky exposure: UV rays can reach skin through clouds, glass windows, bounce off water, sand and other surfaces, so never assume you're in the clear. "You often get burned when you least expect it, like driving in traffic or sitting by a window a work," says Dr. Linder. "Use a daily SPF of at least 15 to make sure you're covered."
Do spot checks: A few areas always seem to come back to haunt (or hurt) us later: Don't forget to ears, hands, neck, feet and your hair part. Try a spray sunscreen or use a makeup brush to apply sunscreen around your hairline to avoid turning red.
Though it may seem daunting, brushing up on application guidelines and the new labeling laws will ensure your skin is properly shielded. Even sunscreen manufacturers are welcoming the government-mandated change. "We're happy to see the FDA finalize the new guidelines and believe these regulations will make it easier for people to find the exact product they want," says Patricia Agin, Ph.D., scientific affairs leader at the Coppertone Solar Research Center. However, not all brands have been as quick to comply with the new changes. As a result, the FDA has delayed enforcing the guidelines until December to give itself more time and to prevent a sunscreen shortage this summer. In the meantime, opt for these skin-saving solutions to make sure you don't get burned.
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