Before You Buy Sunscreen, Read This

After decades of debate, the FDA adopted new rules last year that are changing the way sunscreens are tested and labeled; you’ll start to see the fruits of the legislation on shelves this summer. (There are two exceptions: Small brands with annual sales under $25,000 have until June 2013 to implement the changes. And although the FDA expects manufacturers to follow these labeling and testing requirements by mid-June 2012, “products manu-factured and distributed prior to this date may remain on some store shelves,” says FDA spokesperson Shelly Burgess.) So how can you use the new information to your advantage? Heed these tips.

By Michele Bender
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Serge Bloch
Photograph: Serge Bloch

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