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1:40 PM, May 24, 2013   |    comments
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(CBS)-- Take a close look at your sunscreen this summer. The FDA hopes new labels will make it easier for consumers to choose the best products to protect themselves from the sun's harmful rays.  The new labeling requirements do away with words like sunblock, waterproof and sweatproof.

Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology.  Dr. Marmur says, "You should see sweat resistant or water resistant plus 40 minutes or 80 minutes, meaning reapply that product every 40 or 80 minutes."

Sunscreens will only get the water resistant label if they pass testing. Same goes for "broad spectrum," which means the sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB rays. 

Under the new rules, a product with an SPF below 15 will also need a label warning that it only helps prevent sunburn and does not protect against skin cancer or photo-aging.

Dermatologists also recommend putting on sunscreen 15 minutes before going out, wearing hats and protective clothing and spending time in the shade.

The new regulations will also apply to cosmetics and moisturizers that have sun protection.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a sunscreen that's water resistant, offers broad spectrum protection and has an SPF 30 or greater. 

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