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FDA is cracking down on sunscreen labels

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Most people start to think about sunscreen when we move into the hot months, but dermatologists will tell you we absorb most of our sun from daily exposure all year round.  This is why the Food and Drug Administration is now cracking down on what companies can claim on their sunscreen labels.

Reader's Digest Courtenay Smith said, "Starting in June, companies will no longer be able to say that they lower your risk of skin cancer or aging unless they have a SPF of 15 or higher."

This month's edition of Reader's Digest does a good job of explaining the new guidelines for sunscreen, which include saying on the product how long it lasts.  So you'll know how often it needs to be re-applied.   Also, whatever product you choose, beware of the term "waterproof". The FDA doesn't even recognize that term.  They say there is no such thing as a waterproof or sweat proof sunscreen.

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