The sky just opened up outside. Rain is coming down in buckets. The Nats game? Well…. But trust me, the sun’ll come out tomorrow. And tomorrow, the Friday before Memorial Day, is Don’t Fry Day. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are all encouraging Americans to take a few simple steps to protect their health and prevent skin cancer throughout the summer.

FDA has issued new labeling rules for sunscreen products:

  • Sunscreen can be labeled “broad spectrum” if it protects against both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays.
  • “Broad Spectrum” Sunscreen products may state that they reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging when used as directed with other sun protection measures.
  • Any product that is not “Broad Spectrum,” or has an SPF below 15, must have a warning stating that the product has not been shown to help prevent skin cancer or early skin aging.
  • Water resistance claims on the front label must indicate whether the sunscreen remains effective for 40 minutes or 80 minutes while swimming or sweating.
More tips to help you enjoy the outdoors safely throughout the summer: