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Skin Care—Then and Now: Sunscreen

By: Ulrike Jacob
Posted: April 30, 2013, from the May 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
Sunscreen Ingredients Chart

Sunscreen Ingredients Chart

Figure courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Waterproof terminology. The term “waterproof” will be a thing of the past. New terms to be used are “water-resistant” and “very water-resistant,” determined after testing. “Waterproof,” “sweatproof” and “sunblock” are history.

Sun safety claims. Sunscreens can no longer state that they are immediately effective or provide more than two hours of protection unless approved as such by the FDA.

Type. Wipes, towelettes, powders, body washes and shampoo containing sunscreen will not be eligible for the new labeling without individual product approval.

A remarkable transformation

From thick, red cream to transparent, all-natural mineral protection, sunscreen has been through a remarkable transformation in the past century. Better UV protection and healthier ingredients make the sunscreens of today not only more effective, but safer to use.

(All accessed on Mar 14, 2013)

Find out more about the impact of the sun on skin and the best sun protection methods from the lesson on sun in the Physiology of the Skin series, brought to you by Skin Inc. Video Education.