National Sun Safety Week is coming to an end (June 1-7) and Consumer Reports has released its list of the top products to protect your skin.
Consumer Reports tested 12 brands of sunscreen at an outside lab where they assessed how well each blocked UVA and UVB rays and if they were actually as water resistant as the label claimed. Testers also evaluated how it was applied (rub-in or spray), feel (think greasiness), and scent.
The top four sunscreens all ranked Very Good for UVA protection, Excellent for UVB protection, and fulfilled their SPF after 80 minutes of soaking. They also scored well for their feel and scent, with all four having discernible floral or citrus scent and absorbing well with minimal residue.
According to the report here are the sunscreens you should stock up on (and use!):
Up & Up Sport Continuous Spray SPF 30 – available for in a twin-pack for around $10
Walgreens Sport Sunscreen Continuous Spray SPF 50 – available at all Walgreens stores nationwide for $7.99
Banana Boat UltraMist Continuous Spray Sunscreen Sport Performance SPF 30 – available at most discount stores, drugstores, and online retailers for about $9.79 per spray can.
Aveeno Continuous Protection SPF 50 – a smaller spray can than the top 3 listed up above this product rings up at around $10 for one can.
I’ve been using the Target Brand (now known as Up & Up) for the last four years – glad to see I’ve been making the right choice all along!