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FDA sunscreen requirements hit the shelves

By Rebecca Vogt, KCFW Reporter, rvogt@kcfw.com
Published On: Jul 01 2013 10:56:15 PM MDT
Updated On: Jul 01 2013 11:21:39 PM MDT
KALISPELL, Mont. -

Picking out a new sunscreen can be taunting - from UVA, UVB to Broad Spectrum coverage - the list goes on and on. But what does it all mean? NBC Montana dug into the Food and Drug Administration's new requirements.

Experts recommend sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or more. There's also broad spectrum, that means it will protect you against UVB, or burning rays, and UVA, rays the age the skin.

"You're not buying some random thing, so that does make me feel better and will make choosing one at the store a lot easier, too," said parent Kristen Grosswiler.

"Waterproof" labels are no longer allowed by the FDA either. Claims of "water resistant" sunscreens allow someone to swim or sweat for 40 to 80 minutes before reapplying.

"You towel yourself off, you're going to rub something off so it makes total sense," said fellow parent Lisa.

"When I was a kid we just assumed it was good all day and went in and out of the water," explained Grosswilier. "I have a lot of freckles to prove that wrong."

Sunscreen is just one line of protection against the sun's harmful rays. Long-sleeved shirts, wide brimmed hats, and sunglasses are another way to keep your skin covered while still enjoying the outdoors.

"Get them outside, just use your head. Be smart," said Lisa.