New Sunscreen Safety Rules

sun patrol beach sharpNew rules are in affect that may improve sunscreen safety and public information on how to protect our skin against too much sun.

After decades of pressure from consumer safety advocates, the Food and Drug Administration has changed sunscreen labeling requirements. For example, sunscreens can no longer claim to be waterproof, only water resistant. And now sunscreens must also protect the wearer against UVA rays. In the past, the protection only applied to UVB rays.

“These [ultraviolet A rays] are associated with aging and skin damage, but some experts believe they may also be implicated in skin cancer,” according to a May 28 article in The New York Times.

Consumer safety advocates like the Environmental Working Group chastise the FDA for not going far enough in the changes but agree it’s a step in the right direction.

Still, we also need to use good sense and avoid the harsh midday sun and use hats and shirts to supplement our sunscreen.

The article highlighted several points that Second Nature Skin

has made about sunscreens:

  • Avoid sunscreens with oxybenzone, a high hazard chemical which may disrupt hormones (For more, see Instead use products with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
  • Look for sunscreen that protects you against both UVA and UVB rays. It provides what is known as “broad spectrum protection.”
  • Avoid sunscreen sprays. The coverage is uneven and the spray may be inhaled into the lungs. Furthermore, the spray can be volatile around a flame, like a cooking grill.
  • Keep babies younger than six months out of the sun because their skin is very sensitive. Make sure they’re covered and in the shade.
  • Forget about sunscreen that has an SPF of 50 or above. Anything higher than 50 is misleading and not based on real world conditions.
  • Reapply sunscreen after 40 to 80 minutes.
  • Use fragrance-free sunscreen. Scents can heighten sun sensitivity.

There is a safe alternative!

Sun Patrol is an SPF 30 sunscreen by Second Nature Skin that blocks UVA and UVB rays. It’s made with natural ingredients like zinc oxide and is safe for children, adults and our faces.

For more information, visit


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