New Rules for Sunscreens
Having a young child and living in a city that is at an altitude greater than 6,000', I am always concerned about the intensity of the sun's rays. In the overall scheme of things, living a mile closer to the sun doesn't really sound like much given that the sun is approximately 93 MILLION miles away, but I worry. So, when going outside, I douse the Catch-man in sunscreen and hope that it is enough to keep his pale little humanity safe from the damaging rays of our nearest star.
However, recently, I overheard a local academic explaining to her friend that the SPF levels were NOT necessarily indicative of a level of protection from the sun's harmful rays. I had thought that SPF 30 worked TWICE as well as SPF 15...NOT THE CASE. There is actually only a minimal difference in the level of protection above SPF 15. As such, the FDA recently changed HOW sunscreens can be marketed to the public, in an effort to avoid further confusion.
Below is a very helpful blog post related to these changes.
CLICK OVER TO THE ARTICLE at BFF Beauty Blog.