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BROAD SPECTRUM

Term that refers to a sunscreenŠ—Ès ability to protect the skin from both UVA and UVB rays from the sun. Current FDA regulations state that in order for any SPF-rated product to make a broad spectrum claim, it must pass what's known as a critical wavelength test and have the required testing done to confirm its SPF rating is 15 or greater. Any SPF-rated product below SPF 15 can only make a broad spectrum claim that applies to sunburn prevention, not skin aging (wrinkles, brown spots) or skin cancer.

The new labeling will also tell consumers on the back of the product that sunscreens labeled as both Š—“Broad SpectrumŠ—