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Seasons change but the need to wear sunscreen doesn’t. And starting this season, you should be more discerning in choosing sunscreens, because of the new FDA guidelines. Anticipating these changes, EXTRASHADE developed new sunscreen for ethnic skin that not only boasts a personalized unique formula but is in compliance with the stricter FDA sunscreen regulations. Knowing the updated regulations is half the battle but understanding what it means to your skin and which sunscreen is right for you, will result in a healthier way of living.
FDA- Broad Spectrum Protection – SPF and what it means
SPF is only an indicator of UVB protection (burning rays) but there’s another, deadlier type of rays, UVA. Now the FDA mandates that any sunscreen that claims both UVA and UVB protection will have to meet their “Broad Spectrum” requirement. EXTRASHADE has a BROAD SPECTRUM Protection of SPF30.
You think your extra melanin is enough? Don’t be extra confident and scrimp on the sunscreen. Chose a sunscreen with the best broad spectrum coverage and ingredients that’s friendly to your skin.
FDA – Skin Cancer Prevention and what it means
According to the new guidelines, only products with SPF 15 or higher may make this claim. SPF values of 2 to 14 require the use of the statement “Skin Cancer/Skin Aging Alert: Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. This product has been shown only to help prevent sunburn, not skin cancer or early skin aging.”
Skin Cancer Prevention -All sun protection for rich complexions are significantly formulated to prevent against skin cancer, where the number of cases continue to increase year after year as reported by the American Medical Association.
FDA – SPF claims higher than 50 — no longer allowed and what it means – The difference between SPF 30 and SPF 50 is marginal – screening out 97% vs. 98% of the sun’s radiation. Anything higher has an increased chance of causing irritation, but doesn’t necessarily offer more protection.
FDA prohibits Terms “waterproof,” “sweatproof” and “sunblock” on labels – what this means – FDA requires specificity on a sunscreen’s water resistance. Only 2 figures are acceptable: 40 minutes or 80 minutes. Use of claims as “waterproof” “sweat proof” and “sun block” unfortunately are no longer allowed even instant protection upon application or protection for more than two hours without reapplication. Unless there is a scientific proof submitted to the FDA such terms are not allowed.
FDA requires sunscreens to have Drug Facts section on packaging, which specifies active ingredients and use claims – Now you can check the reason behind the sunscreen’s claim given that all marketing hype should be supported by no other than the formula.
EXTRASHADE complies with new FDA Sunscreen rules
EXTRASHADE offers water resistance up to 80 minutes with broad spectrum protection, contains no irritants, chalky or greasy residue and combines the best nourishing ingredients. Formulated without fragrance, lanolin, dye, alcohol, propylene glycol and other irritants to aggravate irritation or induce excessive melanin production, EXTRASHADE Sun Protection for Rich Complexions SPF 30 is uniquely photostabilized and can withstand longer hours of water resistance with UVA and UVB protection without the chalky or greasy residues.
It’s formulated with vitamins, botanical extracts, essential antioxidants and hydrators to dramatically nourish, strengthen and restore the skin.
These include hyaluronic acid that provides intense hydration; white ginger and passion flower that soothe inflammations and soften the skin; vitamins C and E that help strengthen and add radiance; soap bark, coconut and plantain extract that help heal wounds, hydrate the skin and fight free radicals; pomegranate and kiwi fruit extract that act as antioxidants, calming inflammations and fighting visible signs of aging.
People of color or ethnic complexions don’t just need any sunscreen; they need the right one that ensures their skin is not just sun protected but doesn’t get irritated too. The new sunscreen provisions are tougher for a number of reasons but mainly they’re designed to better protect consumers from exaggerating sunscreen products and ultimately against the harsh effects of UV rays.