You can bet dermatologists and skin-care professionals everywhere are happy to hear this one: legislators in New York are looking to pass a new law that would require expiration dates and storage recommendations on all sunscreen product labels.
As a general rule, SPF products are only 100-percent effective for six months. After that, the key ingredients slowly break down, making them less and less potent. The current problem, however, is that people (and I’m guilty of this) tend to buy large bottles or tubes of these products, use only a little, then save them for next year-not even thinking that they could go bad. And that doesn’t even count how long they’ve been in a warehouse or sitting on a store shelf before you bought them!
The bill has already been passed by the New York State Assembly and has now been sent to the Senate. If it passes, New Yorkers could see these new label requirements as early as January 2008. And we wouldn’t be surprised if other states followed their lead.
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