Pack Your Sunscreen

07-01-2011 12:12 PM

Dr. Beth Lange, Chief Scientific Officer for Mary Kay Inc.Today's guest bloggers is Dr. Beth Lange, Chief Scientific Officer for Mary Kay Inc.

Many of you are getting geared up for the 4th of July weekend.  Planning cookouts with your friends.  Going to the beach with your family.  Spending the day at an amusement park with your kids.  As you are packing for your outing, don’t forget your sunscreen. Regardless of the activity, you need to protect your skin from the sun and use a sunscreen.  Using a sunscreen is one of the best ways to decrease the chance of skin cancer.

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced changes to how sunscreens are labeled and tested.  Mary Kay Inc. has known that changes were pending and is pleased with the new guidelines.  The changes were made to ensure consistency in labeling and testing among sunscreens in an effort to help consumers select a sunscreen that best suits their needs.  Sunscreens are required to be in compliance with the new labeling and testing procedures by June 2012 for large size companies like Mary Kay.  I wanted to share some of the most common questions we’ve received about the new guidelines.
Q: Why is the FDA requiring these changes?
A: Quite simply, these changes are intended to help protect and educate consumers about the proper use of sunscreen and the harmful effects of sun exposure. These changes will help consumers understand how to select a sunscreen that best suits their needs.  It is important to have a consistent labeling and testing process so that consumers can be sure they are getting the same level of protection when using sunscreen products.

Q:  Why is it important to use sunscreen?
A:  Our skin is literally the largest organ of our body.  The sun can cause harmful damage and using a sunscreen is one of the best ways to help ward off the harmful effects of the sun.  It is important to use broad spectrum sunscreen with at least an SPF value of 15 or higher to protect you from both UVA and UVB rays.  During the summer months, it is really important to minimize sun exposure during the peak sun times, typically around 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.  It is recommended to reapply sunscreen every two hours, stay hydrated and wear a wide brim hat, protective clothing and sunglasses.

Q:  Will Mary Kay make changes to its formulation for the sunscreen products?
A:  Package graphics will be updated to reflect the FDA’s new labeling recommendations issued for all U.S. sunscreens.  The Mary Kay® sunscreen products will continue to offer the best protection to consumers while meeting or exceeding industry standards for safety, quality & performance.  In fact, all Mary Kay sun protection products have received the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation.  You can be assured that Mary Kay’s products will always meet your needs.

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