The word sunblock will no longer be allowed on sunscreen labels because it overstates the product’s effectiveness, according to the FDA. Prevention.com decodes 8 Sketchy Sunscreen Claims. We picked our top 4 deceptive terms:
- “Broad Spectrum” — Starting in December, any sunscreen bearing these words is required to have passed a new, more stringent test showing that it protects against both UVB rays (the kind that cause sunburn) and UVA rays (which are responsible for skin cancer and early aging).
- “Reduces Risk of Skin Cancer” — An unregulated claim. But after this year, only products with broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection, with an SPF 15 or higher, can bear this claim, according to the FDA.
- “Water Resistant” — After this year, you won’t see the words “waterproof” or “sweatproof” on bottles anymore; the FDA has ruled that no sunscreen is truly waterproof. Sunscreens can, however, be labeled “water resistant” if they meet certain criteria.
- “Long-lasting Protection” — You’re being duped. All sunscreen must be reapplied every two hours when you’re outside to shield you from the sun.
Ask your Skin & Body Spa skincare professional what you should look for in sun protection and how to combat the signs of sun damage.