What to Look for in Sunscreen
By Shelley Levitt
What to look for in sunscreens. The one essential beauty rule for your most beautiful skin: Apply sunscreen every day. You already know this, of course! But if you’ve strayed from this rule all fall and winter, now is the time to renew your pledge to protect your skin daily.
When you’re shopping for a new tube of sunscreen, you’ll notice that labels look a little different. That’s because new FDA regulations have gone into effect, making it easier to choose the right sunscreen from the scores of products on your drugstore shelf. “Not all sunscreens are created equal,” says FDA scientist Lydia Velazquez, PharmD. “Our scientific understanding has grown — this new information will help consumers know which products offer the best protection from the harmful rays of the sun.”
Here’s what the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) advises you look for when shopping for sunscreen:
1. Broad spectrum:
This means a sunscreen protects the skin from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, both of which can cause cancer and premature aging.
2. SPF 30 or higher: