On June 11, 2012 new FDA regulations will go into effect regarding the labeling of all sunscreenproducts. These new measures are designed to reduce confusion for consumers and increase protection against skin cancer and premature skin aging.
“The old regulations dealt with protection from sunburn which is caused by UVB rays and didn’t deal with UVA radiation at all. UVA radiation contributes to skin cancer and photo aging of the skin. The FDA has established a test that will allow products that pass the test to be labeled ‘broad spectrum.’ Using a broad spectrum sun protection product, in addition to limiting sun exposure and wearing protective clothing, offers patients the highest level of protection,” explained New Jersey plastic surgeon, Dr. Paul M. Parker.
Another facet of the new regulations prohibits manufacturers from making claims of “waterproof,” “sweat proof,” or “sunblock” on their labels. The FDA believes that these claims exaggerate their effectiveness, since all sunscreens will wash off. Claims of “instant protection” are also prohibited, and no product may claim to provide protection for more than 2 hours without reapplication.
In order to help consumers clearly understand sun protection products, the new regulations will only allow broad spectrum sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher to claim to reduce the risk of premature aging and skin cancer, if used as directed along other preventative measures. All sun protection products with an SPF of less than 15 can only claim to help prevent sunburn.
The skin care staff at New Jersey spa, the Beaura Spa at the Parker Center for Plastic Surgery, can offer their clients facials, skin care products, treatments and makeup. The Beaura Spa offers several different skin care product lines with sun protection and makeup that is good for your skin.
“My clients are always looking to save time with products that can do double duty. I love being able to show them a great product that will not only help their skin but also protect it from the sun,” said Kim Ashton, Spa Coordinator at Beaura Spa.
Patients who’ve undergone plastic surgery are also advised to use a sunscreen on their incision to prevent hyperpigmentation (darkening) of the surgical site. A sunscreen will not only protect the incision, but it will also moisturize the area and aid in healing.
“Patients need to use a broad spectrum product, every day, every time they go out in the sun. These new labeling regulations should make it easier to understand exactly the amount of sun protection a product will give if you apply the recommended amount,” Dr. Parker said.
The Parker Center for Plastic Surgery and the Beaura Spa offer women, men and teens skincare treatment, products and, if necessary, cosmetic surgery. New Jersey surgeon, Dr. Parker, offers everything from facials to dermabrasion to laser treatments, injectables and skin care products to keep your skin bright, even and clear.