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Shedding Light on Common Sunscreen Myths - Myth 5 of 5

Here is my last myth for the sunscreen series. Myth 5. Any quality contract manufacturer can produce a quality sunscreen.
Not true! Sunscreens are regulated as OTC drug products and require a Drug Facts label that meets the FDA’s requirements. Only FDA-registered, cGMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) compliant contract manufacturers, such as DermaQuest, Hayward, CA, are allowed by law to produce these products. I have had years of experience developing broad-spectrum sunscreens, using a broad range of chemical and mineral filters, antioxidants and complementary ingredients, like Vitamins C and E, proven to help boost a sunscreen’s SPF; red algae with UV-filtering compounds; and Chromabright, a skin whitener with UV protective features.

Sam Dhatt

Shedding Light on Common Sunscreen Myths - Myth 4 of 5

This a myth that effects the workaholics not on Summer holiday. Myth 4. Only people who are outdoors 15 minutes or longer a day need to wear and reapply sunscreen every two hours. While it is true that anyone outside for extended periods of time should wear and reapply a sunscreen at least every two hours, it only tells half the story. Office workers who sit at a desk close to a window, for instance, should also wear sunscreen to protect their skin. A little known fact: UVA rays can penetrate glass and age the skin without a person ever suspecting or feeling the effects, since it’s the UVB rays that leave our skin sunburned. Similarly, it’s important to wear sunscreen even on cloudy days, since a sunburn can still penetrate the cloud cover.

Best,

Sam Dhatt

Shedding Light on Common Sunscreen Myths - Myth 3 of 5

I was watching television last night and saw an advertisement for a product in myth 3.   Myth 3. A sunscreen towelette with SPF 15 offers the same broad-spectrum protection as an SPF 15 cream. False again! Under the FDA’s recently introduced requirements for labeling and testing of OTC sunscreens, towelettes, body washes, shampoos and powders are no longer able to make SPF claims.

Best,

Sam Dhatt

Shedding Light on Common Sunscreen Myths - Myth 2 of 5

Now that Summer is in full swing, here is another myth about sunscreens. Myth 2. A waterproof/sweatproof sunscreen for outdoor enthusiasts like surfers may meet FDA requirements as long as the product instructs users to reapply every 2 hours. Gotcha! Trick question! Under the FDA’s new regulations, manufacturers may no longer market a sunscreen as “waterproof” or “sweatproof.” Rather, these products may now only be referred to as “water-resistant” and must bear specific language as to their effectiveness against sweating and swimming according to regulated tests.

Best,

Sam Dhatt

Shedding Light on Common Sunscreen Myths - Myth 1 of 5

You may think you know everything you need to know about sunscreens, but some common myths may still be leaving you in the dark. Here, we’ve got you covered! We’re setting the record straight and shedding light on 5 of the most common myths about SPF, sunscreens and their labels.  Just in time for summer, I will be posting a common myth every week for 5 weeks.

Myth 1. Higher SPF sunscreens offer more protection against the sun than lower SPF sunscreens. Not necessarily true! A SPF (Sun Protection Factor) only gauges the UVB protection regardless of the UVA rays. Think of UVB as the “burning rays,” and UVA, as the “aging” rays. So a sunscreen might have an SPF 50 but not contain any UVA filters, which guard the skin against those aging ultraviolet-A rays. You might not burn while wearing this sunscreen, but you could be setting yourself up for premature signs of aging, including wrinkles and age spots. Without adequate UVA protection, the sun is allowed to freely attack the skin’s critical DNA, which keeps the collagen and elastin young and healthy. Even worse, frequent, unprotected exposure can result in skin cancer.

Rather than look for a sunscreen with an impressively high SPF, you’d be better off sticking to a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a SPF between 15 and 30. The “broad spectrum” is the operative word here, as, under new FDA guidelines, only sunscreens with both UVA and UVB protection get to wear this badge of honor on their packaging.

To get the job done, broad-spectrum sunscreens often contain chemical UVA filters like avobenzone and oxybenzone or natural UVA/UVB filters, such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

Keep in mind even broad-spectrum sunscreens with SPFs of 50+ offer only the slightest incremental benefits compared to their broad-spectrum counterparts in the 15-30 SPF range, so don’t be fooled by the high numbers!

Best,

Sam Dhatt

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