The Best Sunscreens to Use This Summer

I was watching TODAY recently and was shocked to learn that the SPF number on the sunscreen bottle isn’t always accurate according to Consumer Reports. In fact, 20 out of the 58 lotions, sprays and sticks that CR tested performed at less than half of the SPF listed on their labels! For example, one sunscreen was labeled as SPF 30, but the UVB protection was actually between SPF 10 and 19.

As a person who had a skin cancer scare (here’s my story), I found this disturbing, especially for the parents out there making sure their children are protected. Thanks to Consumer Reports, we now know which sunscreens to buy. Here are a few of the top-rated lotions:

See this link for the rest of the lotionsConsumer Reports also recommends that if you can’t find one of the lotions listed above, you should use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 40. It should also contain ingredients like avobenzone rather than “natural” ingredients.

If you’re looking for a spray sunscreen, they recommend:

Consumer Reports also suggests when using a sunscreen spray to be sure to shake the bottle first since it helps distribute the ingredients. You should also hold the nozzle close to your skin, avoid spraying the product into the wind, and rub the sunscreen in after you spray it on.

Regardless of what kind of sunscreen you choose, you should apply it 15 to 30 minutes before you go outside and reapply every two hours (and whenever you get out of the water). And don’t forget parts of your body like your ears, scalp, toes…

Have your own sunscreen-related tip? Share it in the comments below (or send it to whitney@johnnyjet.com)!

 

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3 Comments on "The Best Sunscreens to Use This Summer"

  1. Here’s another indispensable source for sunscreens, one that deals not just with their efficacy but their safety as well. http://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/report/executive-summary/
    “Almost three-fourths of the products they examined offer inferior sun protection or contain worrisome ingredients like oxybenzone, a hormone disruptor, or retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A that may harm skin. And despite scant evidence, the government still allows most sunscreens to claim they help prevent skin cancer.”

  2. None of these recommended sunscreens are reef safe. Reef safe meaning they don’t bleach and destroy coral. Oxybenzone (contained in your recommended sunscreens) is a hormone disrupter.
    Please Do Not recommend these sunscreens.
    “If sunscreen must be used, EWG agrees with the recommendations of the Professional Association of Underwater Instructors and the National Park Service that you should use sunscreens that use zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Avoid sunscreens that contain oxybenzone, octocrylene, 4MBC, butylparaben and octinoxate.Jul 6, 2016”
    “Almost three-fourths of the products we examined offer inferior sun protection or contain worrisome ingredients like oxybenzone, a hormone disruptor, or retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A that may harm skin. And despite scant evidence, the government still allows most sunscreens to claim they help prevent skin cancer.” EWG – Environmental Working Group

  3. Kathryn Odell | June 27, 2017 at 8:38 am | Reply

    I appreciate the recommendations! By the way, those prices for Equate sunscreen are way inflated because you are linking to Amazon. Equate is a Walmart brand, and you can expect to pay about $5 if you buy it from them!

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