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Or don't, depending on how you feel about skin cancer and wrinkles. But regardless of how you feel about protecting your skin, the FDA is all about it. Starting in 2012 there will be new rules in place regarding labels on bottles of sunscreen. Not all sunblocks are created equal, and their labels are not even always truthful, so the new rules are meant to protect you, and more importantly, your skin.
If you thought your sunscreen was water and sweat proof, think again. It's not, at least not really. It may provide limited protection from liquid invaders on your skin, but you're definitely supposed to reapply immediately. New laws will prohibit the use of the terms "sweatproof" and "waterproof" and will only allow the words "water resistant" when included with the actual duration of their efficacy.
Labels can only claim to prevent skin cancer if they have an SPF of 15 or higher and broad spectrum protection from UVA/UVB. So your bottle of Hawaiian Tropics SPF 4 Tanning Oil will no longer be able to keep you disillusioned to the fact that you are frying your skin.
Those bottles that tell you the sunscreen gives you "8 hours of continuous protection!" are being called on their bluff. Companies won't be able to say that without FDA approval first.
- no more guilt free burns.
And finally, no more Mr. SPF 100. Sunscreen bottles can say a max of 50+, but no more than that. Although this rule is still pending a decision, experts have been saying for years that after SPF 30 it's pretty much all the same, and after 50 it's really all the same.
So whether you douse yourself in sunscreen hourly or don't wear any at all, at least next summer you'll actually know what the truth is about the sunscreen you do or do not buy. In the mean time, try Coppertone Sport SPF 30. It's supposed to be one of the best.
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