Sunscreens: Best protection and value


The "personal care products council" - which represents the sunscreen industry - disagreed with the findings -- writing in a statement: "It appears that Consumer Reports' testing methods are not consistent with those used by FDA, and therefore are not the same testing as required by the product manufacturers to assign the SPF designation". The evidence continues to mount that exposed skin at any place on the body can lead to skin cancer.

Consumer Reports just released their annual list of top sunscreens, with a few important reminders. Trader Joe's Spray SPF 50+ received an excellent rating, along with Banana Boat SunComfort Clear UltraMist Spray and Equate Sport Continuous Spray SPF 30.

Myth: Sunscreen SPF labels can't be trusted.

Babyganics' lotion is created to allow babies to go in water for up to 80 minutes, according to the bottle.

Consumer Reports tested the most widely available sunscreen lotions in the market today. "In our tests we found that that gives you the best chance of getting a product that actually delivers an SPF of at least 30". "So, your 30 SPF is probably around 8 or 15", Dawson said. But not all sunscreens are the same.

Women were more likely than men to use the sunscreen.

Research by Chicago's Northwestern University in 2016, found that most popular sunscreens do not meet all the guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology. Most only did their face and arms.

The most common sign is the appearance of a new mole or a change in an existing mole.

Sunscreens: Best protection and value
Sunscreens: Best protection and value

Offering free sunscreen to people at public events might not be enough to motivate them to properly protect themselves from harmful rays, a recent experiment suggests.

Twenty-six of those products - or 40 percent - failed to meet the three criteria.

But with the sun comes harmful ultraviolet radiation, which is the cause of almost 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. But, both UVA and UVB rays can cause skin damage and cancer.

A good sunscreen helps protect against UVA and UVB rays, which can raise the risk of skin cancer, sunburns, premature skin ageing and wrinkles.

Choosing the correct SPF level depends on the person. Researchers set up free sunscreen dispensers at the Minnesota State Fair and observed 2,187 people using them over the course of 93 hours.

The rule of thumb is generally the lighter the skin, the greater the SPF level needed, and the darker the skin calls for a lesser level.

- People with sensitive skin must go for sunscreens that only contain titanium dioxide or zinc dioxide.

Experts advise not to forsake sunscreen, even when under the cover of a sun umbrella.

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