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  • FDA's New Sunscreen Rules About to Go Into Effect

    The FDA’s new sunscreen labeling regulations take effect this summer. Announced last year, FDA is hoping this labeling overhaul will help users make more informed decisions about choosing the right sun protection. (Here’s a link to FDA’s answers to frequently asked questions on the topic.)

    Here’s a round up of the changes we’ll be seeing because of the new regulations:

    • Only sunscreens that block both UVA and UVB rays can be labeled "broad-spectrum"
    • Only broad-spectrum sunscreens with SPF 15 or higher can claim to reduce the risk of skin cancer of early skin aging. Products with lower SPFs can only claim to prevent sunburn.
    • Sunscreens cannot be labeled “waterproof” or “sweatproof,” or be called “sunblocks,” since the FDA feels these labels overstate the product’s effectiveness.
    • If sunscreens claim to be water resistant, they must state for how long it will be resistant while swimming or sweating, based on standard testing.
    • All sunscreens must now include a Drug Facts panel on the label, including moisturizers and cosmetics.

    We hope that these new regulations will indeed make it easier for consumers to choose their sunscreen. Ask a Pharmaca practitioner if you have further questions about the new labeling. (And check out our brand new sunscreen lines for every need.)

  • What Does the "SPF" Number Really Mean?

    With summer in full swing and ski season fast approaching, you'll still find piles of sunscreen available at most pharmacies and grocery stores. Experts have been talking about the danger of sun exposure for decades now, and there certainly is an abundance of sun protection products on the market, all claiming to give you the sun protection you need. While you may know that SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor, what does the SPF number really mean? Does SPF 100 really protect you better than SPF 30?

    Here's how it works. SPF's are determined by testing artificial UV (ultra violet) radiation in a laboratory. Volunteers come to the lab and have their skin exposed to artificial sunlight to see how long it takes for their skin to burn. Then, sunscreen is applied to the volunteer's skin and he/she is again exposed to artificial UV radiation.

    The SPF is determined by dividing the amount of radiation required to burn with sunscreen by the amount required to burn without sunscreen. So the SPF number really is a standard for how long you can tolerate sun without burning. If you can withstand sun exposure for ten minutes without burning, then an SPF of 30 would allow you to spend 300 minutes in the sun before burning. An SPF of 15 would allow you to be able to withstand sun exposure for 150 minutes before burning. (Learn more about the FDA's new rules about labeling sunscreens, especially with regard to SPF claims.)

    Your sunscreen should protect your skin from dangerous UV rays, but it should also be safe. Take a look at our Pharmaca's entire line of natural sunscreen products and rest assured that we offer the safest, most effective sunscreens on the market.

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