New Simple Sunscreen Labeling will Appear Soon

May 28, 2010
Soon it will be easier for all consumers to choose the best sunscreen just looking at the labels as FDA is going to introduce the new sunscreen labeling system.

Currently, the most sunscreens use SPF rankings that measure the effectiveness of sunscreen mainly against UVB rays that becomes the main cause of sunburn. However, it is still not clear how well the sunscreen can protect the user from UVA rays, which are linked to skin cancer and skin ageing.

Now, a new rating system for sunscreen that is meant to be more comprehensible for consumers is expected in October this year. The sunscreens will be rated by four stars with one star indicating low protection, two stars for medium protection, three stars for high protection and four stars for the highest protection. The four-star system was suggested in 2007 and is highly disputed until the present time.

Dr. James Spencer, spokesman for the American Academy of Dermatology says that the new labeling for sunscreen will make it clear for the people what kind of protection they are getting. Until the new system is introduced, the specialists recommend using a sunscreen with broad spectrum of UVA and UVB rays with at least SPF 30. It is also recommended to apply sunscreen around 30 minutes before going outside, reapplying sunscreen every few hours and avoiding sun exposure during peak time between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.