New sunscreen labels aim to make shopping easier

New sunscreen labels aim to make shopping easier

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With so many choices, choosing the best sunscreen for your family can be daunting. Source: CNN video With so many choices, choosing the best sunscreen for your family can be daunting. Source: CNN video

Sunscreen is probably on your shopping list this summer but those labels may leave your head spinning.

But now, the Food and Drug Administration has changed the requirements on labels so that you can make a truly informed choice.

So what should you look for? Here's a breakdown of the new labeling requirements:

-Choose a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15 or higher.

-Make sure it is labeled "broad spectrum." This will protect you from UVB rays, which can burn your skin, as well as UVA rays, which age your skin.

-Waterproof sunscreens will now be called water resistant. This means you will have protection for 80 minutes if you're sweating or swimming.

If you don't yet see these terms on sunscreen labels, you soon will. To learn more about the new labels, please visit http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm258416.htm.

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