New FDA sunscreen label standards delayed until winter

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) New standards for the labeling sunscreen, intended to help you identify which will protect you best, won't be going into affect before you hit the sands on your summer vacation.

If you're going to spend a lot of time in the hot sun this summer, you'll have to fend for yourself when it comes to picking sunscreen. The FDA has pushed back the new label standards for six months.

The new standards are supposed to make it easier for you to pick up the best bottle of sunscreen off the shelf. They force companies to make a variety of changes like make all label font sizes to be the same so you won't get distracted by what's in bold.

They also have to replace the word "waterproof" for "water resistant", and the SPF can't be any higher than 50.

These standards were supposed to take effect in June, but officials with sunscreen companies say they need more time to re-do labels, so now you won't notice a difference until December.

Since most consumers only use sunscreen during the summer months, people say the delay is really bad timing.

"December is kind of pointless for this summer," said beachgoer Sara Frost. "No one's going to need it now I guess. Next summer it will be worthwhile. But it doesn't do you much good for this summer."

If you want a quick sunscreen tip this summer so you won't get lost in all the different labels, doctors say pay attention to what's on the labels in the front. Look for broad spectrum UVA and UVB rays and an SPF that's higher than 30 so you'll get good protection from the sun.

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