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Can You Trust Your Sunscreen?

By Tiffany Thomas
Posted On May 18, 2016
Can You Trust Your Sunscreen?

Summertime is our favorite time to lay out on the beach soaking in as much sun as possible.

During this season, it’s pretty much a pre-requisite to purchase as much sunscreen as possible in an attempt to protect your skin from the rising temperature and harsh sun rays.

However, this year’s Sunscreen Guide by Consumer Reports results proved that we may want to rethink putting so much trust in our sunscreens. The study tested 65 lotions, sticks, and sprays over SPF 30 (or so they said).

The results showed that 43% of the products did not live up to their SPF level shown on the bottle.

According to the results, the sunscreens that had the most protection included the chemical avobenzone while the products that tested low in SPF were mineral-based and contained titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

Surprisingly, the sunscreens with the worst rating included CVS Kids Sun Lotion SPF 50 and Banana Boat Kids Tear-Free Sting-Free SPF 50 lotion. While both these products promised SPF 50, they both tested as SPF 8. Yikes!

banana boat

The top-rated sunscreen was the La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-In Sunscreen Milk Lotion.

To be on the safe side, it’s recommended that you only purchase products that have SPF 40 or higher to guarantee a real level of at least SPF 30.

For all the sun-bathers and beach bums, here are some New You top choices for sunscreens.

Trader Joes

Nourish Spray Sunscreen SPF 50+ – $5.99

La Roche-Posay
La Roche-Posay

Anthelios 60 Body Melt-In Sunscreen – $35.99


Laneige SPF 40 – $20.00

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