I hope all of you are avid users of sunscreen and at the very least use
it on your face daily. In a recent article taken from the SF Gate, it was reported that the FDA is changing the standards
of how SPF is determined. Currently, SPF only refers to UVB rays (causes sunburn
) and not UVA rays (causes skin cancer
). Sound confusing? It is.
Most sunscreens in the U.S. market claim to protect against both types of damaging rays, but really don't. In fact, 20% of the products here can't be sold in Europe because their UVA standards are so strict and have been in place for many years. Why is the U.S. behind, considering our rates of melanoma have gone up 50% from 1994 to 2004?
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