Sunscreen: The Good and The Bad
Summer is here and temperatures are rising. How do you know what sunscreen will protect you from the suns harmful rays? Consumer Reports tested 19 sunscreens, out of those tested only 7 were found to protect against UVA and UVB rays. The top rated sunscreens according to the consumer-watchdog group for the best price were No-Ad with Aloe & Vitamin E SPF 45 and Walgreens Continuous Spray Sport SPF 50.
Overall, the sunscreens they recommend for the best protection from the sun are All Terrain AquaSport SPF 30, Banana Boat Clear UltraMist Sport Performance Active Dry Protect SPF 30, Coppertone Sport High Performance Ultra Sweatproof SPF 30, Eco All Natural Sunscreen Body SPF 30, and Coppertone Oil Free Foaming SPF 75+. The sunscreens to steer clear from this summer are Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Creme Lotion SPF 50, Banana Boat Kids Tear-Free Sting-Free SPF 50, and Alba Botanica Natural Very Emollient Sunblock Sport SPF. These sunscreens were rated the worst based on there low protection against UVA radiation, which causes signs of aging and increase risk of skin cancer. The FDA is requiring new labeling and testing so that sunscreens that claim to be broad spectrum will have to prove that they protect against UVA rays as well as UVB rays. This new regulation will go into effect this December.—Tai Parker
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