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Which sunscreen should I use?

 

The people at ConsumerReportsHealth.org think they have provided some valuable insight to the long-asked question: Which sunscreen on the market really does what it says? Which one protects the best for the least amount of money?

 


At an independent lab they tested 12 commonly available sunscreens and found four sprays that did the best at protecting against harmful rays. All of the sun creams, lotions and sprays were assessed how well each product blocked UVA and UVB rays and how well their claimed sun-protection factor or SPF (a measure of UVB sunburn defense) lasted on volunteers who soaked in water for 40 or 80 minutes…depending on the length of each product\'s water-resistance claim. There\'s currently no labeled SPF for UVA radiation, though the FDA has proposed a system of 1 to 4 stars. Look for that later this year. The CRH testers also evaluated how the products smelled, how they felt and also how they rubbed in or sprayed on.


BEST:

These 4 products provided very good UVA protection and excellent UVB protection as well as met their SPF claim even after treated skin was soaked in water.


• Up & Up Sport Continuous Spray SPF 30
$9.44 at Target.com
2nd least expensive
88 out of 100

 

• Walgreens Sport Continuous Spray SPF 50
$7.99 at Walgreens.com
88 out of 100

 

• Banana Boat Sport Performance Continuous Spray SPF 30
$10.99 at Amazon.com
88 out of 100

 

• Aveeno Continuous Protection Spray SPF 50
$8.49 at Drugstore.com
88 out of 100

 

WORST:

• La Roche-Posay Anthelios 40 Cream with Mexoryl SX SPF 40
$32.00 at SkinCareRx.com
(Not water-resistant)
Most expensive!
79 out of 100

 

• Avon Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard Plus Expedition Pump Spray SPF 30
$14.00 at Avon.com
(Doesn\'t claim full range of UVA protection)
63 out of 100

 

• Burt\'s Bees Chemical-Free Lotion with Hemp Seed Oil SPF 30
$15.00 at BurtsBees.com
(Not water-resistant)
Got the lowest grade!
47 out of 100


Tips for buying and using sunscreens:

 

•It’s best to use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 (perfect for most people) - make sure that it claims to be water-resistant.
•For full-body protection, adults should apply 2 - 3 tablespoons of lotion/cream 10 to 15 minutes after going out in the sun. (*This is my humble opinion! Everything in moderation – do what is right for you and your family) Reapply every 2 hours or after swimming or sweating.
•Seek shade during the hottest hours of the day, limit your time in the direct sunlight, and wear protective clothing along with a hat.
• Dispose of your sunscreen at its expiration date or if you’ve had it for more than 2 years as it may have lost its effectiveness.
•Don’t make your purchase decisions based on just the name brand of the product. Different SPFs or formulas within the same brand may not have comparable performances.

 

~CAsuntan

 
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