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What FDA Says about Sunscreen: Here's What You Need to Know

Minggu, 01 Oktober 2023 - 03:10 | 54.53k
A girl rest on the beach with sunscreen on her back. (Photo: yanadjana/Freepik)
A girl rest on the beach with sunscreen on her back. (Photo: yanadjana/Freepik)

TIMESINDONESIA, JAKARTASunscreen is our first line of defense against the sun's harmful effects, but its rays carry hidden dangers in the form of sunburn, skin cancer, and early skin aging. To safeguard our skin, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides essential guidelines for choosing the right sunscreen.

With summer on the horizon, it's vital to be well-informed about sunscreen choices, and that's where the FDA steps in with its valuable insights. Let's dive into what the this American based organization has to say about sunscreen and why it matters for your skin's health.

Broad Spectrum Sunscreens Are Your Allies

The FDA underscores the importance of broad spectrum sunscreens. These sunscreens offer protection against both UVA and UVB rays, the two types of ultraviolet radiation emitted by the sun. UVA rays can prematurely age your skin, while UVB rays are notorious for causing sunburn. Broad spectrum sunscreens with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher are your best defense against the sun's harmful effects.

While all sunscreens help guard against sunburn, not all of them have been proven to protect against skin cancer. The FDA recommends opting for a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, even on cloudy days. This choice significantly reduces the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging, especially when used as directed alongside other sun protection measures.

The Role of Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

Broad spectrum sunscreen acts as a barrier, absorbing or reflecting UV radiation before it can harm your skin. By offering protection against both types of ultraviolet radiation, it shields you from the daily exposure that can lead to skin damage. To ensure your sunscreen provides this comprehensive defense, look for labels indicating "broad spectrum" and SPF 15 or higher.

For sunscreens that aren't broad spectrum or have an SPF below 15, the FDA mandates a specific warning: "Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. This product has been shown only to help prevent sunburn, not skin cancer or early skin aging." This serves as a crucial reminder that not all sunscreens offer the full spectrum of protection your skin needs.

In conclusion, the FDA's recommendations on Sunscreen are clear and crucial for maintaining healthy skin. By choosing a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher and heeding other sun safety advice, you can enjoy the sun's warmth while minimizing the risks of sunburn, skin cancer, and early skin aging. Your skin will thank you for it in the long run. (*)

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