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Sunscreens get a makeover to help consumers

WAUSAU (WAOW) - Bottles and tubes of sunscreens have received a makeover that's designed to help people avoid sunburns.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it wants labels on sunscreens to be more informative.

No longer can the labels use words like "sunblock" or "waterproof" because the agency determined those claims were misleading.

Under the new FDA rules, if a product's label says "broad spectrum," it must have tests proving it truly protects against both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays from the sun, which medical experts consider the most dangerous for the skin.

Sunscreen should be used often, experts say.

"Many people forget to put it on throughout the day. You need to reapply it after two hours and more often if you are in the water," said Sarah Jaeger, a physician assistant at Bridge Clinic in Wausau.

Jaeger says about one ounce of sunscreen should be used to cover the face, body and ears.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

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