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Safe sun behavior is an important part of maintaining healthy skin.

Under the new FDA rules, products that pass the Broad Spectrum test and have an SPF value of 15 or higher may claim they help prevent skin cancer and early skin aging when used with other sun protection measures as directed. Broad spectrum sunscreens with an SPF value between 2 and 14 and sunscreens that do not pass the broad spectrum test can only claim to help prevent sunburn and must carry a warning that the product has not been shown to help prevent skin cancer or early skin aging.

Although the new FDA sun monograph is in effect as of December 17, 2012, sunscreens with new labels are already starting to rollout nationwide. Given the logistics of producing new labels and distributing products across the country, it's likely consumers will see some sunscreens with old labels next to sunscreens with new labels throughout early 2013. During this transition, you can continue to use your favorite Neutrogena® sunscreen products with the confidence that they are safe and effective in protecting you from the sun's harmful rays.

Sunscreen only works well when it's applied correctly. Studies reveal that only 1 in 5 people wear sunscreen daily,* despite the fact they know the risk of sun exposure. And those that do wear sunscreen tend to use far less than the recommended amount of 1-ounce per application — about the size of a golf ball - for the whole body. You should also reapply sunscreen as needed — at least every 2 hours.

Studies show that consumers significantly under-apply their sunscreens and may not be getting the protection that is stated on the label. Whichever sunscreen you choose, it is important to remember to apply enough for proper protection — and re-apply at least every two hours.