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FDA Sets New Guidelines for Sunscreens


With Memorial Day right around the corner, and the sun finally starting to appear more often, increasing numbers of people are getting outside, with it comes the seasonal warning: take care.

"Always wear sunscreen. You have to look at sun safety with an overall view," said Celeste Barkley, RN and OCN nurse at Mercy Medical Center.

People agree.

"I feel like it's really important to protect your skin because I don't feel like I did a very good job of that when I was younger," said mom and sunscreen user Dawn Ovel.

The concern is more than dawn's freckles. The Skin Cancer Foundation says one person dies of melanoma every hour in the U.S and it says, the incidences of skin cancer are growing, especially among children.

One of the best ways to protect the skin is with sunscreen, and now the food and drug administration is taking steps to make those screens more effective.

They’re now requiring new labels, which includes how often you should put it on.

They also want manufacturers to stop claiming that any sunscreen with SPF 50 or above is better because research shows, it isn’t.
If you're reapplying every few hours then you're going to have to reapply a few times with 50 or a 100," said Elizabeth Sanders who uses sunscreen.

"It doesn't hurt to use a higher one. If it was available and if it was the same price I'd probably just buy the higher one just because," Dawn said.

Still, when it comes to protecting yourself this summer, you need to go further than just sunscreen.

"Slip on a shirt, slop on your sunscreen, slap on a hat and also wrap on sunglasses," Barkley said.
Experts say reapply your sunscreen every hour and a half.
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