FDA To Introduce New Sunscreen Labels

May 31st, 2010 - 7:11 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
lotionMay 31, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Food and Drug Administration has no plans to launch the new sunscreen labels this summer, with the latest reports revealing that it may take the FDA several months to arrive at any satisfactory conclusion in this regard. The month of October or November has been rounded upon for the launch of new sunscreen labels.

It is a common complain among women these days that they have no idea as to how long one can remain in the sun before the effect of these sunscreens begin to wane and our skin begins to soak in the harmful ultraviolet rays. While the FDA is of the belief that the new system of 4-star labeling will make it easier for consumers to choose their brand sunscreen, the others say that the new system will make things even more confusing. Most sunscreen lotions which are in the market today give us an idea of how much they can shield the skin from harmful UVA and UVB through the SPF ratings that they provide. However most skin specialists say that this rating gives an idea of only the UVB and not the UVA rays.

According to the new rating system that the FDA wants to introduce, every sunscreen will have to label not only the harmful effects of the UVB but also that of the UVA. Representatives of the FDA have announced that the measurement of protection provided by these sunscreens will be directly proportional to the number of stars that they are marked with. The highest rating is that of the four star. This system of rating will come into the market by the beginning of winter.

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