Over A Third Of Sunscreens Tested Failed To Protect As Advertised

May 19, 2017

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Last summer a report was released that found that 40% of sunscreens tested did not protect users from the sun's rays as stated on their labels, with many baby and children targeted brands failing.  Now a year later there hasn't been much progress, according to Consumer Reports.  The company tested 60 of the bestselling sunscreens and found that 38% failed to protect as their labels stated. This means relying on certain brands to guard against the sun's rays could lead to a blistering sunburn and increase the chances of developing skin cancer. Recommended guidelines from the American Academy of Dermatology specifies that sunscreens meet three basic criteria: protects against UVA and UVB rays, has an SPF above 30, and is water-resistant. What they found was concerning, the worst performing sunscreen in the test is an all-natural sunscreen for babies.  While Babyganics SPF50+ mineral-based sunscreen promises to block 98% of the sun's UVB rays with a  50+ SPF rating, test concluded it had an SPF of around 25 - half what it promises. eltaMD UV Aero Continuous Spray also failed at protecting as it promises on the bottle and considering it's $31  a bottle cost, it proves higher prices doesn't mean better protection.  In fact, Trader Joe's $6 spray sunscreen received a perfect score in providing the protection it states it does.  La Roche-Posay sunscreen also received a perfect score.

SOURCE: Consumer Reports (subscription required)

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