Consumer Reports: Sunscreens Are Put To The Test

7:31 AM, Jun 10, 2013   |    comments
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WFMY -- When it comes to sunscreen, we all know to check the SPF number of the bottle, but a new Consumer Reports test might change the way you think about that information.

According to Consumer Reports, you also need to make sure the words "broad spectrum" are also on the label. That label indicates the sunscreen protects not just against UVB Rays, but UVA Rays as well.

Experts have said both types of rays can cause skin cancer. UVA Rays can wrinkle and age your skin as well.

When Consumer Reports tested a dozen sprays and lotions, they found most of them provide less protection than what's listed on the label.

Two types of sunscreen tested better than the rest.

According to their results, the top-rated spray was from Target, "Up and Up Sport Broad Spectrum SPF 50."

Next, the study found the best lotion was from Walmart, "Equate Ultra Protection Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50."

The study found the Equate sunscreen offers better protection than several sunscreens tested that cost much more money.

However, experts said even though spray sunscreens are convenient, the risks of inhaling them are still being studied. So, they don't recommend spraying children.

They also said don't spray sunscreens directly on your face.

With any sunscreen, you should apply it 15 to 30 minutes before you head into the sun.


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