7 Tips to Become SPF Savvy
Not all sunscreens are the same. New FDA rules for sunscreen labels make it a whole lot easier for you to compare products when you shop for sunscreen.
Follow these tips:
- Use SPF 30 or higher. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor.
- Look for “broad spectrum” on the label. It means the product passes government tests for effectiveness.
- Choose products that are water resistant for 40 - 80 minutes. The terms “waterproof” and “sweat proof” are no longer allowed because they’re misleading.
- Use one ounce (enough to fill a shot glass).
- Check the expiration date and replace as needed.
- Allow 15 minutes for your skin to absorb the product before going outside.
- Reapply after two hours of sun exposure—and immediately after sweating or swimming.
The new sunscreen rules are helpful, but they may not apply to newer formulations, like sprays and powders, so select your products carefully.