What Labels on Sunscreen Bottles Really Mean
Knowing how to speak sunscreen is important for protecting your skin
To ensure the best sun protection, it’s important to know exactly what you’re getting when you pick up a bottle of sunscreen. “Much of what you see on the label is marketing, which can make it difficult to decode what’s truly meaningful,” says Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. But other terms have regulated definitions set by the Food and Drug Administration. Here, what some of the most common terms on your sunscreen bottle really mean.
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Editor’s Note: This article also appeared in the July 2022 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.