Sunscreen: Which One Should You Be Using?

A bottle of suntan lotion, sunglasses, a hat and a towel on a wooden surfaceHow to read sunscreen labels…it’s a question that not enough people ask, particularly African Americans, who often incorrectly believe that because of darker complexions, they are naturally protected from sun dangers.

What are the words you need to focus on when choosing the best sunscreen for yourself and your family?

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The Food and Drug Administration has recently established new sunscreen labeling requirements in an effort to help people better understanding the products they’re using.

Some of the changes are:

  • Sunscreens under SPF 15 must carry a warning saying they protect against sunburn but not skin cancer or skin aging.
  • The “water resistant” label on sunscreens only applies for 40 to 80 minutes of swimming or sweating.
  • “Broad spectrum” on a label means it protects against both UV-A and B rays.
  • No sunscreen can claim to be waterproof or sweat-proof.

Dermatologists say that these changes will help consumers use sunscreen products more effectively.