Seal of Recommendation Categories

The Seal of Recommendation program is divided into several categories to better assist you in choosing quality sun protection products.

  • Daily Use
  • Active
  • International
  • Traditional

The Daily Use Seal is 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.
The Active Seal is 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.

The International Seal is used for sunscreens marketed in countries outside of the United States. The testing requirements for this seal are in line with internationally accepted practices, and they differ from those of the Daily Use and Active seals.

*Please note that the International Seal program is undergoing a transition to the "Daily Use" and "Active" model, which is currently implemented in the US. Until the transition is complete (May 2015), the current requirements are still acceptable.

The Traditional Seal is used for all sun protection products excluding sunscreens.  Examples include sunglasses, auto and residential window films, awnings/umbrellas, clothing and laundry products.  The testing requirements include a ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) of 30 or higher for clothing and fabrics, and 99% or greater blockage of ultraviolet A (UVA) UVA and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation for sunglasses and UV films.

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