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May 11, 2017

???Do not use sunscreens on babies six months old or younger. Keep them out of direct sunlight. Cover them with protective clothing and hats when outdoors, and shade them with carrier/stroller covers or umbrellas.

Starting next year, the FDA will require new labeling to help consumers make good choices.

Under those rules, the terms "waterproof" and "sweatproof" will no longer be used. In order to be labeled water-resistant or sweat-resistant, the sunscreen will have to pass FDA tests to prove their claims. The label will also tell how long those effects will last.

The term "sunblock" is also out, since no sunscreen can block all of the sun's rays.

In the future, the term "broad spectrum" will indicate a level of protection offered from both UVA and UVB rays.

Remember, only broad spectrum sunscreens with an SPF value of 15 or higher can claim to reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging - and that's only if they're used correctly and in conjunction with other sun protection measures.

Source: University of Michigan Health System