Is Your Sunscreen Living Up to Its Protection Claim?

With the summer months approaching, we are more and more likely to spend larger chunks of time outdoors, soaking in the rays of the sun. And while receiving the nutrients of Vitamin D from the sun is great for our health, it is important to cover up in regards to sunscreen in order to protect your skin from the possibility of burning. However, what many sunscreen users are likely not aware of is the fact that many sunscreens are not actually living up to the promises of sun protection hat they offer to consumers.

According to a report by Health Day News, there are a number of dermatologists who have acknowledged this very real concern, and they share that there are new federal labeling laws that require companies to tell the public more specific details about the product. This includes whether or not the product will protect the user from both sunburns and skin cancer, and if the product is water resistant. All of these factors are very important, especially for those near bodies of water for extended periods of time.

The FDA now requires that this information be provide to all users, in order to prevent people from being fooled by poor warning labels. According to the Environmental Working Group, there are one in seven sunscreen products that claim they have a protective level of 50 SPF or higher, which many believe to be a source of misguidance for consumers. Dermatologists claim that any number higher than 50 SPF gives the users a false sense of security with their sunblock, and they will likely spend extended time in the sun without reapplying because the bottle says it is "stronger."

One professor of epidemiology at Duke University, Marianna Berwick, claims that anything higher than SPF 30 is merely a sales gimmick by the sunscreen companies to have people think they are getting more for their money, when in reality they just need to diligently apply SPF 30 every few hours in order to properly protect their skin. Another Dermatologist with Duke University, Dr. Zoe Draelos claims that hopefully with these new regulations with sunscreen, customers will make more educated decisions regarding their skin protection and they will be able to protect themselves from burn and future chances of skin cancer.

Dermatologists suggest that when purchasing sunscreen you ought to look for at least SPF 30, and one that offers both UVA and UVB ray protection. Also, it is important to know that when using a water resistant sunscreen, know that whether with sweat or water, it will only last up to 80 minutes before it needs reapplication. One in five Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime, don't let it be you because of choosing a poor sun protectant .

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