Misc.: New Sunscreen Guidelines

It’s the first day of summer today.
What better time to talk about sunscreen?

The NYT has a blog post called : ” The New Rules for Sunscreen“.
My mom is super serious about sunscreen, thankfully, and has instilled that in me as well.
I also don’t do well in sun and heat, and sunscreen actually helps with that.

Here are the main points from the article (these are quotes):

  • Use of the label “broad spectrum protection” now means the sunscreen has been proved to protect against both UVA and UVB rays, although the UVA protection may be comparatively weaker.

  • Ultraviolet A rays are associated with aging and skin damage, but some experts believe they may also be implicated in skin cancer.

  • Products cannot claim to be waterproof, only water-resistant, and labels must note a time limit of either 40 or 80 minutes before the sunscreen is ineffective.

  • It’s not clear that sunscreens with higher SPFs (higher than 50) actually are more effective. Higher SPF values are misleading. “It’s like the gas mileage sticker on a car. It’s based on test conditions that you’ll never achieve in the real world”.

  • Try to keep older children inside when the sun is harshest, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A bad sunburn in childhood or adolescence doubles the risk of melanoma later in life, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

  • Avoid sunscreen sprays. The F.D.A. has banned sunscreen powders (though some products may still be available) and has asked for more data on sprays. The concern is twofold: that not enough sunscreen makes it onto the skin, and that the spray may be inhaled into the lungs.

  • Take endorsements and seals of approval with a grain of salt. The Skin Cancer Foundation gives a “seal of recommendation” to sunscreens, but only if their manufacturer has donated $10,000 to become a member of the organization.

Yay healthy skin!
Have a wonderful and sunburn free summer!

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2 responses to “Misc.: New Sunscreen Guidelines

  1. Thanks….I always wear sunscreen. I dont like the sun and it does not like me!!!

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