May 30, 2013

Sunscreen Labels


Scott: Do you guys wear sunscreen?

Teen: No, I don’t were any sunscreen.

Teen: If I’m going to, like, the beach or something.

Scott: Do you know how long before you leave the house you should actually apply sunscreen?

Teen: I do not know.

Teen: I would just say, like, after you take a shower.

Scott: Well, dermatologists recommend that you actually apply sunscreen about fifteen minutes before you leave the house.

Scott: Do you know what SPF stands for?

Teen: Sun Protection Frequency?

Teen: Sun Pro… I don’t know.

Teen: I know it’s a measurement of how effectively it protects your skin from the sun. I don’t know what the “F” stands for.

Scott: Factor! Sun Protection Factor and the Food and Drug Administration is actually revamping those labels that you see on sunscreen because it thinks that it may be a little misleading or even confusing.

You won’t see the words “sunblock,” “waterproof” or “sweat-proof” anymore because officials say there is no such thing as full proof protection.

Dr. Ellen Marmur: You should see “sweat resistant” or “water resistant” plus “40 minutes” or “80 minutes,” meaning, reapply that every 40 minutes or 80 minutes.

Scott: And the “water resistant” label will only be given if products pass testing. Same goes for “broad spectrum,” which means the sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

Under the new FDA rules, products with SPF below 15 will have to add a warning saying it only helps prevent sunburn and does not protect against skin cancer or skin aging.

So how can you stay safe in the sun? Well, dermatologists recommend using a sunscreen that is both water resistant and broad spectrum with at least a 30 SPF. And reapply often, especially if you are going to be sweating or getting in the water.

Dr. Marmur: Anything off the shelf that says broad spectrum SPF 30 to 50, and you should use it and reapply it. And that should take all the confusion away.

Scott: Scott Evans, Channel One News.


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