New Sunscreen Concerns

By: Brian Mooar Email
By: Brian Mooar Email

With the first day of summer comes new concerns about sunscreens.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is currently rewriting the rules to make sure you know exactly what kind of protection you're getting.

Chances are when choosing a sun screen, you've been relying on that sun protection factor, or SPF, number on the bottle.

"The SPF is a little misleading because it doesn't mention all of the important radiation spectrums," Dr. Sandra Read of the American Academy of Dermatology said.

That’s why the Food and Drug Administration is now writing up new rules that would force manufacturers to better spell out the kind of protection they provide.

When choosing a sunscreen experts say to always get both UVA and UVB protection, but the question is whether what you're seeing on the label is what you're getting in the bottle.

The Environmental Working Group found a whopping 84 percent either provided inadequate protection or ingredients with safety concerns.

"Slip on a shirt, slap on a hat, slop on your sunscreen, seek the shade and wear your sunglasses outside. So slip, slap, slop, and shade," Dr. Read said.

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