Shared Reading: Best Sunscreen (Surprising Results)


Today is Memorial Day, so I found this article only fitting to share as pools and beaches across the nation officially open for the summer.  Consumer Reports rated the top sunscreens and the results were interesting.  They also prove that high price doesn't correlate to high quality.

These four -- all sprays -- provided "very good" UVA protection, "excellent" UVB protection, and met their SPF claim even after 80 minutes in the water. Plus, the Up & Up sunscreen was rated a CR Best Buy -- a tag awarded to products that both perform well and come at a reasonable price. 

I am not a member of Consumer Reports so I cannot see the entire list and scores, but here are the top four:
  • Up & Up Sport Continuous SPF 30 (Target)
  • Walgreens Sport Continuous SPF 50
  • Banana Boat Sport Performance Continuous SPF 30
  • Aveeno Continuous Protection SPF 50

At an outside lab we 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 protection—lasted on volunteers who soaked in water.

See the full article at AOL Health or Consumer Reports.

The top ranked sunscreen was a store brand which shows that you can save money without sacrificing quality.  Most store brands do have quality guarantees.  In addition there are rumors (only rumors) that some store brands are made in the same factories as the name brands.

Whatever your plans this summer, remember to stay safe and have fun.


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