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Skin Cancer Foundation

Looking for Sun Protection Products?

Look for the Skin Cancer Foundation's Seal of Recommendation throughout the store. To earn this Seal of Recommendation, a manufacturer must prove that its product sufficiently and safely "aids in the prevention of sun-induced damage to the skin."

Daily Use Seal

Used for sunscreens that are intended to protect customers from incidental sun exposure, the kind that occurs over short periods of time and might include walking to and from the car, going to work and running errands. Examples of Daily Use sunscreens include moisturizers, color cosmetics, foundations, eye creams and lip products. This seal includes a UVA protection requirement.

To earn the Daily Use Seal, products must have:

  • UVB Protection: A sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or greater.
  • UVA Protection: Critical wavelength test results of 370 or higher.
  • Acceptable results of both phototoxic reactions and contact irritancy testing on 20 human subjects.
  • Testing data for any claims that a sunscreen is water- or sweat-resistant.
  • "Sport" sunscreens, or those labeled with similar language are not eligible for the Daily Use Seal of Recommendation.

Active Seal

Used for sunscreens that should protect the wearer from extended sun exposure, such as exposure received outdoors during recreational activities. Examples might include high SPF products, sport sunscreens, Zinc Oxide/Titanium Dioxide sticks and baby products. This seal includes a UVA protection and water resistance requirement.

To earn the Active Seal, products must have:

  • UVB Protection: A sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or greater.
  • UVA Protection: Critical wavelength test results of 370 or higher.
  • Acceptable results of both phototoxic reactions and contact irritancy testing on 20 human subjects.
  • Proof of water resistance.

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