New FDA Sunscreen Rules for 2013

Posted on January 17, 2013


Ever go to CVS or Target to buy a waterproof sunblock before hitting the beach or pool?  Well look no further!  There aren’t any more “Waterproof” or “Sweatproof” sunblocks offered for sale.  Why?


The FDA has drafted new regulation that has come into effect in 2013.  It requires manufacturers to abide to the new additional labeling requirements which are:

  1. Sunscreens cannot be claimed as being “waterproof” or “sweatproof”, as well as can not be identified as a “sunblock”.
  2. “Instant Protection” from uv rays upon application cannot be a claim stated on the packaging for more than two hours without reapplication.
  3. SPF values from 2 to 14 must have a warning label “Skin Cancer/Skin Aging Alert: Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging.  This product has been shown only to help prevent sunburn, not skin cancer or early skin aging.”
  4. Any sunscreen with an SPF value of 50 or higher must be labeled SPF 50+.  The FDA doesn’t have enough data to demonstrate that SPF values higher than 50 provide better protection than an SPF with a factor of 50.

In any case, be careful when going out in the sun.  Reapply suncreens every two hours for maximum sun protection against uva and uvb rays, and use only the best face sunscreens to help keep your complexion looking younger.