Following years of analysis, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has published its newest guidelines on sunscreen labeling, the Midland Daily News reports.
Although it's a good source of vitamin D, if a person is out in the sun for too long, he or she can be exposed to harmful ultraviolet radiation which may result in premature aging and skin cancer.
Prior to the FDA's re-submission of its sunscreen guidelines, customers were only informed of the protection the lotion offered them from ultraviolet B radiation (UVB), which left them completely in the dark on its ability to protect them from ultraviolet A (UVA) radiation. The new FDA guidelines mandate that sunscreen labels must include whether or not the product protects against both UVB and UVA rays.
"This new information will help consumers know which products offer the best protection from the harmful rays of the sun," Lydia Velazquez, a doctor of pharmacy for the FDA, said. "It is important for consumers to read the entire label, both front and back, in order to choose the appropriate sunscreen for their needs."
Customers interested in purchasing sunscreen with these new guidelines should look for the label "broad-spectrum" on the product.