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CVS Only Selling Sunscreen With SPF 15 Or Higher

24 May 2017

And remember that sunscreen should be applied 20-30 minutes before sun exposure.

Before heading to the beach, most people make sure to pack a bottle of sunscreen.

Don't let summer fun distract you from protecting skin from harmful UV rays, every time you leave the house. The SPF number is the level of protection sunscreen provides against UVB rays.

One of the issues of disagreement is that even though the FDA contends that products labeled with SPF higher than 50 are "inherently misleading", they have not mandated that producers of sunscreen refrain from labeling their product with values above this. Not so fast, says Lunder.

However, being out in the sun means using the right protection against sun damage and skin cancer.

SPF values are determined by applying a thick layer of sunscreen to the skin, and assessing the severity of the burn that develops after masochistic volunteers are exposed to lights of varying intensity in a lab.

The Food and Drug Administration has yet to decide whether it will stop allowing sunscreen manufacturers to market their products with SPF numbers higher than 50, even though sunscreens with 90 and 100 SPF coverage often offer similar protection as those that are SPF 50, Lunder said. And almost two in 10 were unaware that after an initial slathering of sunscreen, they needed to reapply more. What's curious is that outdoor workers display lower rates of skin cancer compared to indoor workers, according to a 2009 study. The incidence rate for skin cancer has been increasing every year and the numbers can seem quite staggering: in the Usa, skin cancers are diagnosed annually in more than 3 million people; one in five Americans will develop skin cancer over the course of their lifetime; and 40 to 50 percent of those who live to age 65 will have skin cancer at least once.

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The FDA recommends using sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and reapplying every two to three hours, more often if jumping in and out of water.

By and large, the sunscreens that perform well in EWG's 2017 Guide to Sunscreens are mineral-based products with zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide as the active ingredients.

EWG representatives say parents and consumers should use caution with two ingredients, oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate.

The phrase "broad spectrum" signifies that a sunscreen offers some protection from UVA rays.

While spray cans may not have warnings on them, Consumer Reports recommends the sprays not be used on kids.

Wear a hat with a wide brim.