Thursday, May 24th, 2012

On June 18th, sun care products will undergo new labeling requirements.  Olay has created a helpful infographic about some of the upcoming changes to sunscreen labeling as well as sun care, and the amount of concise, easy-to-understand information on it was great to see in my inbox this morning. This is not an advertorial, which means Temptalia receives no compensation for posting this. Though it contains call-outs to the brand, it does have excellent non-brand specific information that is very useful and digestible.

From the FDA:  The final regulations, which become effective June 18, 2012, establish a standard test for over-the-counter (sold without a prescription) sunscreen products that will determine which products are allowed to be labeled as “Broad Spectrum.”

However, to avert a shortage of sunscreen in the upcoming months, FDA has extended the compliance dates for testing and labeling until Dec. 17, 2012 for most over-the-counter sunscreen products. This decision followed a review of timelines and other data submitted by trade associations representing sunscreen manufacturers.

Here are some additional links for information from the FDA:

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26 thoughts on “Sun Care, Sunscreen, and New Labeling Requirements

  1. Aneta

    What does the -15 SPF mean?

  2. Thank you so much for posting about this! It’s so important! I will be relieved when the new labeling is standard.

  3. Kate08

    Its about time they do this! Melanoma is a cancer that hits very close to home for me, and I hope that this will call people’s attention to wearing sunscreen as a method of prevention. Thanks for posting this so people will be aware!

  4. spamela74

    Thanks for the update on such an important topic!  Good to know about these changes. 

  5. DTalksAll

    Too bad Olay tests on animals… 

  6. Wow I love this! It’s concise and informative. Glad to see that the US is finally catching up with outhr countries when it comes to labeling pertaining to UVA rays.

  7. Wow I love this! It’s concise and informative. Glad to see that the US is finally catching up with other countries when it comes to labeling pertaining to UVA rays.

  8. artemis

    very good idea :)

  9. Mariella

    It’s a shame that the comments are “off” and have been removed from the other recent posting about sun protection!  I realize things got a bit heated but why not just remove those rude comments and let the others remain?  I’d still like to see clarification/typo correction in Ms. Rouleau’s opinion piece on sun protection. I think standardized labelling is a great idea – this is an important health issue, as well as a beauty one.

    •  @Mariella Hi Mariella,
      Unfortunately, rude comments KEEP coming. I had about 40 comments that I removed that weren’t even visible to the public. Several comments automatically were hit by the profanity filter. I’d rather spend an hour reviewing a product than an hour policing a post where people are unable to communicate with each other without resorting to name calling.

      • Mariella

         @Christine (Temptalia) Christine, that’s a shame – who would think that an article on sun protection could provoke such rudeness?  I don’t understand people, sometimes.  Anyway, is it possible to get a clarification from Ms. Rouleau about her statement that (paraphrasing) an SPF 30 only has 4% more protection than an SPF30? (did she mean SPF 20 vs 30? 30 vs 40?…I would seriously like to know and realize that it’s probably a typo)

  10. Shelly M Askew

    1 oz to your entire body? The kind I buy is only 3.3 oz and $30, how is that even possible?!

  11. Sara

    I think this is great and I’m really glad for these labeling changes, but…1 ounce of sunscreen to be applied per day is a lot! At that rate, I’d be using about a bottle of sunscreen per week. Does anyone else think that’s a bit much?

    • 1 oz for your entire body :)  You have to remember that this is to get adequate protection, and that is one of the biggest problems with sunscreen — we are rarely taught early on that we need to use heaping globs of the stuff. This is why for body, you want to be careful to find a more budget-friendly sunscreen since you should be going through quite a bit.
      Of course, if you’re only exposing legs and arms, then you wouldn’t need a full ounce, but if you were going swimming, you would use about that much.

    • Imagine if it was 1 ounce of sunscreen for JUST the face! That’s be pretty scary haha! I’m not sure if that’s even possible, considering most of it would slip off the face. I think I’ll try that one day, just to see what it’d be like. :)

      •  @John 3D I find it impossible to get the 1/4 teaspoon on my face, so I just use a lesser amount, but with SPF 50+. My understanding is that means I’m getting less than SPF 50… but at least I’m not using SPF 15 and getting even less than that!

        •  @GlowMyWay
          Yeah any protection is better than no protection! And while I personally try to work with getting the correct amount of sunscreen on my face, at least you’re doing what you can! I don’t wear any liquid makeup during the day, so I don’t have to worry about how it looks over my sunscreen. I just use a bit of powder to set everything, so I can afford to use more sunscreen, without sacrificing appearance. Anyways, good for you!

        • @John 3D I actually just found a formula where I can get nearly 1/4 teaspoon onto my face w/o it still being sticky and white hours later! Cetaphil daily moisturizer with 50 SPF, $10 at Bed Bath and Beyond.

  12. Alison Cole

    What a fantastic, concise poster! 

  13. Temptalia

    That’s why it’s best to buy a separate sunscreen for face + body, since body can typically tolerate more formulas, so you can go cheaper there!

  14. Ivy

    Sunscreen manufacturers have known about this for almost a year. They’ve had plenty of time to prepare for this. Apparently the economy is not strong enough for them to risk the losses that might happen if production slows down during the summer months, when sales are highest. But summer is also when sun exposure is at its highest. This six month push back coming right before summer is pathetic and says so much about why many people have trouble trusting the FDA.

  15. Melody

    Props to Olay for creating this graphic.  It’s a shame that we consumers have to constantly investigate the claims for the products we buy, especially with things like sunscreen.  When I realized how few of the sunscreens on the market today actually provide adequate protection, I was really disturbed.  I don’t have children yet, but I can’t imagine being a parent and having to worry that you’re doing enough to protect your  children from UV radiation.

  16. JeffKletter

    KINeSYS Performance sunscreen is one of the first compliant with new FDA monograph, in stores now. All other were to be ready by June 18th, and now have until Dec 2012 and beyond.

  17. I think this is a very helpful piece of information for your average consumer. However I think people should also be aware that “water resistant” does not mean permanent, and still means you have to reapply during the day.