Do You Speak Sunscreen?

Next year, sunscreen labels will clearly define what's in your tube. Why wait to find out? (13 Photos)

Mary Bolster on Jun 8, 2012 at 5:39PM

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Do You Speak Sunscreen?

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Label Savvy

New FDA rules were meant to require that sunscreens really need mean what they say. Some labels have been updated already. The new regs were supposed to go into effect for all sunscreens in June but at the last minute the FDA gave major sunscreen manufacturers a reprieve until December.

Don't you want to know now? Do you know what UVA, UVB, SPF, broad spectrum, water-resistant and other terms really mean? Do you speak sunscreen? We asked Steven Wang, M.D., director of dermatology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Basking Ridge, N.J., a board member of the Skin Cancer Foundation and creator of the Sunscreen Guide to walk us through what the terms on your sunscreen really mean.

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