I never, ever, EVER leave the house without at least SPF 20 on my face. Ever. June’s edition of O Magazine has some insanely helpful tips to clarify the new sunscreen labels that you’ll start to see this summer. Take some notes!!!
How to Read the New Sunscreen Labels
– Only the term ‘sunscreen’ can appear on a label. The word ‘sunblock’ can no longer be used, because it overstates effectiveness.
– “Waterproof” and “sweatproof” are no longer acceptable claims (because, as it turns out, they’re false.) A “water resistant” claim must specify how long the sunscreen can stand up to swimming or sweating (either 40 or 80 minutes, based on testing).
– “Broad spectrum”- a previously unregulated claim- now means that a sunscreen has undergone testing to ensure that it provides protection against both skin-burning, cancer-causing UVB rays (those included in the SPF rating) and skin-aging, cancer-causing UVA rays.
– Only sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher that have passed the broad-spectrum test can claim to reduce the risk of skin cancer and premature aging anywhere on their packaging. If a sunscreen has an SPF below 15, or has not passed the broad-spectrum test, it can claim only to help prevent sunburn.
TIP: Don’t try to mask the scent of self-tanner with perfume! The combination of perfume and self-tanner can temporarily give your skin an eerie and otherworldly green tint. To avoid a sci-fi pallor, resist the urge to apply fragrance (and other body products like deodorant and lotion) for at least six hours after self-tanning.