The Food and Drug Administration has issued new rules for sunscreen products. While the changes will be phased in over the next two years, some sunscreen makers have already begun making changes in their product labeling.
* Sunscreens must carry an SPF number from 2 to 30+.
* The rules set up three labeling categories: minimal (SPF 2 to 11), moderate (SPF 12 to 29) and high (SPF 30+).
* Sunscreen labels can no longer carry such claims as "sun block," "waterproof," "all-day protection" and "visible and/or infrared protection." Regulators concluded such claims were misleading.
* An optional consumer alert statement will read: "Sun alert: Limiting sun exposure, wearing protective clothing and using sunscreens may reduce the risks of skin aging, skin cancer and other harmful effects of the sun."