While many products contain sun protection these days, including moisturizers, make-up and sunscreen, the amount of protection that consumers are receiving varies greatly. For the past 33 years, the FDA has been working on new labeling requirements that will give consumers more information regarding the type of sun protection the product provides.
"The old regulations dealt with protection from sunburn which is caused by UVB and didn't deal with UVA radiation at all. UVA radiation contributes to skin cancer and photo aging of the skin. The FDA has established a test that will allow products that pass the test to be labeled 'broad spectrum.' Using a broad spectrum sun protection product, in addition to limiting sun exposure and wearing protective clothing, offers patients the highest level of protection," explained New Jersey plastic surgeon, Dr. Parker.
Another facet of the new regulations prohibits manufacturers from making claims of "waterproof," "sweat proof" or "sunblock" on their labels. The FDA believes that these claims exaggerate their effectiveness, since all sunscreens will wash off. Claims of "instant protection" are also prohibited, and no product may claim to provide protection for more than 2 hours without reapplication.
In order to help consumers clearly understand sun protection products, now only broad spectrum sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher can claim to reduce the risk of premature skin aging and skin cancer if used as directed along with minimizing sun exposure and wearing protective clothing. All sun protection products with an SPF of less than 15 can only claim to help prevent sunburn.
The skin care staff at Beaura Spa at the Parker Center for Plastic Surgery can give their patients a brightened complexion, revitalize their face, smooth wrinkles and even out their skin color. The Beaura Spa New Jersey offers several different skin care product lines with sun protection and makeup that's good for skin.
"My clients are always looking to save time with products that can do double duty. I love being able to show them a great product that will not only help their skin, but also protect it from the sun. We've learned that it's all about the feel of a product on the skin for our patients. We offer several different product lines to accommodate their preferences," said Kim Ashton Spa, Coordinator at New Jersey day spa, Beaura Spa.
Kim also went onto explain that while women often rely on sunscreen contained in their moisturizer or foundation, it will not provide all day protection. Beaura Spa offers a loose powder with SPF that can go on over makeup to extend and boost sun protection without having to start a makeup routine all over again later in the day.
Patients who've undergone plastic surgery are also advised to use a sunscreen on their incision to prevent hyperpigmentation (darkening) of the surgical site. A sunscreen will not only protect the incision, but it will also moisturize the area and aid in healing.
"Patients need to use a broad spectrum product, every day, every time they go out in the sun. These new labeling regulations should make it easier to understand exactly the amount of sun protection a product will give if you apply the recommended amount," Dr. Parker said.
While the new regulations go into effect this June, manufacturers have had over a year to change the labeling to meet the new requirements. In fact, many have been making the transition over the past year, and consumers should be able to see the new labeling on shelves already.
The Parker Center for Plastic Surgery and the Beaura Spa offers women, men and teens skincare treatment, products and, if necessary, surgical solutions. Beaura Spa offers everything from facials to dermabrasion to injectables and skin care products to keep skin bright, even and clear.
The Parker Center includes a fully accredited state-of-the-art surgical center, Surgiplex and the Beaura Spa. Patients appreciate that the Parker Center offers them the safety of a hospital, but in a warmer, calmer atmosphere and a spa that offers the latest in skin care. New Jersey surgical patients benefit from the Rapid Recovery Program, which is a unique set of medical protocols that speeds recovery, lessens discomfort and allows patients to get back to their busy lives as quickly as possible.
About Dr. Parker
Paul M. Parker, MD, a New Jersey cosmetic surgeon, is the Medical Director of the Parker Center for Plastic Surgery. He has over 20 years' experience and is well known for his surgical results as well as his commitment to patient care and satisfaction. Dr. Parker graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and completed his residency in general and plastic surgery at New York University Medical Center.
Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
122 East Ridgewood Avenue
Paramus, NJ 07090
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