Now if your fair skinned and burn easily like myself I'm sure your always keen to ensure your skin is fully protected...however its not always easy, with complicated descriptions and misleading info it can be a bit of a mare.......so thankfully the Government agency-FDA has finally stepped up to the plate and introduced a crackdown which requires all companies that make SPF containing products to change their packaging and ensure that each individual formula meets the required new regulations.
Apparently the FDA has not updated their regulations for 30 years - information is completely misleading and the public are not fully aware and sure of what factor they should be wearing for their individual skin types.
Compliance will kick in Dec 2012 with such changes as standard tests and better, clearer and easier to understand labelling. As a result of the new testing being implemented, many brands will now have to reformulate to conform to the new standards.
There are a few key areas of which the FDA will be targeting as follows:
No more Waterproof claims: apparently its misleading to the consumer to label the product as waterproof so they can only use the term water resistant. They also now must include information on suggested reapplication.
Bye bye SPF 100: The FDA will be promoting a cap on SPF at 50 due to the fact that data analysis has not proved that anything above 50 is any better and they don't want the public to be fooled. Similarly factors lower than SPF 14 will be unable to make anti ageing or skin cancer prevention claims. Those ones above SPF 15 can however be labelled as able to reduce signs of anti ageing or risk of skin cancer.
Broad Spectrum gets regulated: This term means protects from UVA and UVB rays, however there are no real standards to govern this. The FDA will now state that any sunscreen declaring themselves 'broad spectrum' will need to have an SPF higher than 15 and also go through testing it passes the factor area that it states.
Make-up to be hit hard: Any make-up products stating they contain SPF will also come under the same guidelines for testing and labelling
Sprays to be looked at: The FDA has decided it needs more data on the effective of sprays and also look to see if they are potentially harmful when inhaled. This market could be hit hard if the data doesn't hit the FDA's standards
So a huge shake up for the sunscreen market......but in the long run the consumer will benefit. Clear labelling with clear proven data so the customer knows exactly what they are buying.
This market has been long overdue a rehaul......im still shocked at the sheer lack of knowledge some people still have with regarding to protecting their skin from the sun...still see kids running around getting burned as their parents dont see it as a priority....absolute madness!!
A big yey as far as im concerned...what do you think??Pin It