On Your Side: Buying sunscreen

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Beach season is only a few weeks away and that means it's time to stock up on sunscreen!

Recently, the FDA ruled that manufacturers can no longer use terms like sunblock or waterproof because they're misleading.

On Tuesday during the FOX8 Morning News at 9:00, FOX8 On Your Side's Melissa Painter is joining us to explain the changes you may notice on those sunscreen labels.

Here's what she says you should check before you buy:

  1. Low SPF products now come with a warning.  Anything under 15 does not protect against sunburn which can lead to skin cancer.  You want to always use at least an SPF of 30, but dermatologists say save your money.  You don't need those SPF 100 products.
  2. Broad spectrum sunscreens are best.  Melissa says they protect against UVA & UVB rays.  Under the new rules, these products must pass testing before they can claim they are broad-spectrum.
  3. No more waterproof claims.  Now labels can only claim water resistant and must tell consumers how often to reapply after swimming or sweating.

As for what you should buy, look for a broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 to 50.  She adds with water resistant, you will still need to reapply every two hours or so.

As far as the brand goes -- it's up to you.  They're now all tested so she goes with a store brand to save money.