FDA encourages sun protection on Don't Fry-Day

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Friday was National Don't Fry-day, aimed to encourage sunscreen use and discuss the new FDA sunscreen regulations.

The regulations are meant to help buyers know just what it is that they're getting.

"I'm pretty pale, and all the way since I was a kid I've been sun burning badly," said Larry Isaacs.

"I burn very easily," said Shelby Satterlee.

"I burn really easily especially with my freckles," said Leah Gutwein.

It's because of their experience with burns, that these sun goers use sunscreen.

"Whenever I go out to garden or fish, I usually apply sunscreen pretty thoroughly," said Isaacs.

"I try to use sunscreen every hour or two when I'm out in the sun," said Satterlee.

"If I'm going to be out very long in the day I will reapply at least once or twice," said Gutwein.

But when you're sunscreen shopping, what do you look for? The FDA is aiming to make that easier by cracking down on the claims some sunscreen makers use. The word "sunblock" will be out since no formula completely blocks out the sun's rays. Instead of "waterproof" bottles will now say "water resistant." Brown said that will help people realize they can't go swimming or sweat without re-applying. The bottles will also have a suggested amount of time before reapplying like 40 or 80 minutes.

"If I'm out on the water, usually every time I get back onto a boat or something, so I guess like every hour or so," said Satterlee.

Dermatologist Hal Brown suggested people use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. But, he said anything higher than that, doesn't do much for the average person.

Brown suggests reapplying about every 2 hours.

"You're going to need to reapply to get that same level of protection you thought you had, when you put it on," said Brown.

"When you're young it doesn't seem important, when you start getting older and you can see those age spots and you realize you know, I probably should have worn more sunscreen when I was younger," said Gutwein.

"I never suffer now from sunburn at all like I used to," said Isaacs.

Sunscreen bottles will also use the term "broad spectrum," meaning it should help protect against both UVA and UVB rays.

"You want to prevent the short term problems, that is sunburn, and you want to prevent the long term problems which is the development of skin cancer," said Brown.

"I think it's important to use sunscreen to protect yourself from burns that could turn into something more dangerous," said Satterlee.

"I always carry it with me in my tackle box. In my pick-up I always carry a bottle with me in case I need it," said Isaacs.

Doctors also suggested limiting sun exposure during the hours between 10 am and 2 PM. They say it's important to try to cover up with hats, sunglasses, and clothing.

The FDA warned parents of spray sunscreen on their children. Consumer Reports recommended spraying the sunscreen on your hands before rubbing it on the child's skin.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommended parents keep babies out of the sun, and suggest applying only a minimal amount of sunscreen with an S-P-F of 15 to small areas, like the baby's face.

You can find out more information on sun protection at the FDA's website.

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