The new FDA ruling simplifies sunscreen for consumers; the two key things to remember are SPF 15+ and BROAD SPECTRUM.
TheÂ Food and Drug Administration is trying to sort out the confusion about sunscreens, with new rules that specify which lotions provide the best protection against the sun and ending claims that they are truly waterproof. Â The F.D.A. said sunscreens must protect equally against two kinds of the sunâ€™s radiation, UVB and UVA, to earn the coveted designation of offering â€œbroad spectrumâ€ protection. UVB rays cause burning; UVA rays cause wrinkling; and both cause skin cancer.
The rules go into effect in 2012 and also ban sunscreen manufacturer