At Seattle Skin & Laser we offer sunscreen from a variety of brands, giving you options when looking for one that best fits into your routine and lifestyle. When looking for a sunscreen there are a few important things note to make sure that you are getting the right one for you.
Broad Spectrum Designation
A sunscreen will have passed the Sunscreens the FDA’s broad-spectrum test procedure, which measures a product’s ultraviolet (UVA) protection relative to its ultraviolet B (UVB) protection. If the sunscreen passes, the manufacturer is permitted to label it with “Broad Spectrum SPF [SPF number value]” on the front label.
Product Use Claims
Only Broad-Spectrum sunscreens with an SPF value of 15 or higher can claim to reduce the risk of skin cancer and early physical signs of skin aging if used as directed with other sun protection measures. Non-Broad-Spectrum sunscreens and Broad-Spectrum sunscreens with an SPF value between 2 and 14 can only claim to help prevent sunburn.
Manufacturers cannot label sunscreens as “waterproof” or “sweatproof” because these claims exaggerate their effectiveness. Sunscreens also cannot claim to provide sun protection for more than 2 hours without reapplication or to provide protection immediately after application. For best results, sunscreen should be applied before going into direct sun exposure and must be re-applied every couple of hours to continue protection.
Drug/Active Ingredient Facts
All sunscreens must include standard “Drug Facts” information on the back and/or side of the container. This is done to clearly state what the active ingredients in the product are and how much of each active ingredient there is.