Nichole Hannahs

Changes to Sunscreen Packages

by Nichole Hannahs on June 17, 2011 at 10:31 am

The look of the label is changing for those who purchase sunscreen.

The Food and Drug Administration is making the changes to clarify which products best protect skin from the suns harmful rays. Starting next year you will want to check the label for the term broad spectrum. That means it protects against UVA and UVB rays.

"The B rays is what causes the sun burn," explained Dr. Vicki Whitacre. "The A rays cause sun spots on your skin and damage like wrinkling and making your skin thickened and make you look older."

Only the products with an SPF of 15 or higher would be able to claim they reduce the rise for skin cancer. Dr. Whitacre said that consumers shouldn’t be concerned with buying a sunscreen any higher than SPF 50.

"It goes up in increments and at SPF 15 you’re getting about 90-95 percent protection against the two sunrays that cause damage and it goes up a little bit after that. Once you get to 50 you are at like 99.4 percent. You’re just not going to get much more," said Whitacre.

There will also be no more claims that the product is sweat or water proof. Instead you’ll want to look for the term water resistant and there will be a number of how long it is resistant for. Even then Dr. Whitacre said that sunscreen should be applied every two hours and more often if you are getting in and out of the water.

Dr. Whitacre said people are staying out of the sun more they may want to consult a doctor about their Vitamin D levels.

Vitamin D controls a number of functions such as the production of hormones. She said taking a Vitamin with a "D" supplement should help.