Broad Spectrum Sunscreen 101

What is Broad Spectrum Sunscreen and why is it important?

Sunscreens labeled as “Broad-Spectrum” pass the FDA’s testing requirements to protect against UVA and UVB rays. It is important to note that although UVB is the primary cause of sunburn, both UVA and UVB can cause skin cancer.

Previous to December 2012, sunscreens were only required to block UVB, which would only protect the top layer of your skin. Broad-Spectrum extends the Sunscreen’s protection to cover a wider range of UV ray lengths to incorporate UVA protection, as UVA penetrates deeper into skin and can lead to premature skin aging.

As demonstrated in the graphic to the left, Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen blocks both UVA and UVB rays to provide consumers with more protection against harmful UV rays.

For more information, please visit the FDA’s website.