Yesterday I posted pictures of a new product for River Bar Soaps: Sunscreen Bars. If you read the post, you know I mentioned that I was waiting for an answer from an expert to a question I had about labeling the sunscreen bars. Well, I received Marie’s answer, and here it is, in part:
“There are extremely specific requirements for the manufacture, labeling, and testing of any product that is claimed to be a sunscreen. You probably don’t want to attempt to go there.”
The FDA regulates sunscreen products as drugs, which is a completely different category than their category of regulations for soaps. So thank you, Marie, for that excellent information and advice! River Bar Soaps will not, after all, be offering sunscreen for sale. I guess our family and friends will be asked to use a lot of sunscreen this summer!
I appreciate Marie Gale’s work in sorting out and clarifying the regulations pertinent to our craft. I believe most of us want to do the right thing, but researching all the FDA regulations to hone in on the one bit you need can be a daunting task.
“Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.” American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2013.
It is important to protect our skin from UV radiation, especially during the late Spring and early Summer when UV rays are at their strongest in North America. We suggest the use of a well-made, natural product for skin protection. Badger offers a line of products made with Zinc Oxide, which—according to Badger—is the only single active ingredient allowed here in the US that offers full UVA and UVB protection.
Additionally, here are the CDC’s easy options for protection from UV radiation:
- Seek shade, especially during midday hours.
- Wear clothing to protect exposed skin.
- Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck.
- Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible.
- Use sunscreen with sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher, and both UVA and UVB protection.
- Avoid indoor tanning.