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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.)

  • New Sun Care Products at Pharmaca

    We’ve just added a few new sun care products we think you’re going to love. Here’s a little about some of our favorites.

    Best for: Backyard Gatherings
    Badger SPF 30+ Anti-Bug Sunscreen
    Badger’s well-loved sun care line now includes the handy addition of bug repellant! This new formula includes bug-repelling essential oils like citronella, rosemary and geranium, as well as broad-spectrum protection from zinc oxide. A must for camping trips and afternoon BBQs.
    Best for: Giving Back
    Thinksport LIVESTRONG SPF 50+ sunscreen
    These active sunscreens earned a top ranking from EWG’s Cosmetics Database for their mineral-based, non-chemical protection—that goes on and absorbs easily. Plus, each purchase goes toward LIVESTRONG’s fight against cancer.
    Best for: Sweaty Activities
    Kiss My Face Sport Spray SPF 50
    This good-smelling spray is easy to apply and lasts through even the sweatiest activities (just make sure you reapply often!). Formulated with Hydresia, nature’s moisturizer extracted from safflower seeds, which provides controlled release of its ultra-moisturizing properties.
    Best for: On the Beach
    Eco Logical Skin Care’s All Natural Sunscreen SPF 30+
    Combine mineral protection with nourishing jojoba, shea butter, cucumber extract and rosehip oil and you’ve got a sunscreen that not only shields your skin but also helps repair sun damage. Eco is also the official sunscreen of the Surfrider Foundation because its natural ingredients make it safer for preserving marine environments (and Eco gives 3% of their net profits back to Surfrider). A Pharmaca staff pick!
    Best for: Quick Applications
    Kinesys SPF 30 Sunscreen Spray
    These easy-to-apply sprays also come in travel sizes, making them ideal for a purse or beach bag. Available in fragrance free—best for sensitive skin and kids—or with a light mango scent.

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