Read that label! The FDA has passed new regulations that should hopefully cause less confusion for customers wanting to decrease their risk of skin cancer & minimize the aging effects of the sun:
Most of us are aware that the sun produces two main kinds of radiation that can hurt us, UVA and UVB rays. Both types can cause skin cancer. Non melanoma cancers, basal cell and squamous cell, are diagnosed in over a million patients per year in the U.S. Melanomas are diagnosed in almost 70,000and kill nearly 10,000 Americans annually.
Now, according to these new regulations, only sunscreens that protect against both UVA and UVB can be labeled broad spectrum. These are the sunscreen bottles that you need to be reaching for, in order to protect yourself and your children. As your dermatologist will tell you, SPF 15 to 50 are the best levels for protection.