The FDA Won't Approve Sunscreens Available in Europe

Many products available in other countries filter UVA and UVB light while avoiding the dreaded "lifeguard face."
People on vacation in Mexico's Baja California Sur state visit Los Cabos and enjoy the sun at the "Love Beach." Sunscreen chemicals long available in Europe have not yet reached American sunbathers.
Sunbathing_4_12 Source: DANIEL SLIM/AFP/Getty Images

Wear sunscreen, always. Not just at the beach but at all times, even in winter. When it comes to skin care, that Michael Pollan–esque adage is one that we can all agree on: Regular use slows signs of aging and prevents exposure to the harmful ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays that cause skin cancer.

But for many Americans, sunscreen remains a fraught subject. Products that use zinc oxide, the most effective barrier between the skin and cancer-triggering UV light, usually leave the skin with that

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