Not all sunscreens created equal

Consumer Reports finds some brands SPF not as advertised


Consumer Reports released its list of most effective sunscreens Thursday and, as it turns out, not all sunscreens are created equal.

For the fifth year in a row, Consumer Reports found that some sunscreens fail to provide the level of protection promised on the packaging. Of the roughly 60 sunscreens tested, 20 of them had less than half of their labeled SPF number.

One type that did well in testing were Equate sunscreen products from Walmart. Equate also had the best value, according to the study.

Trader Joe's Spray SPF 50 boasted well in the study, receiving a perfect score in ratings.

Pure Sun Defense Lotion SPF 50 also did well in testing.

If those three products aren’t available, Consumer Reports said to choose a sunscreen with at least SPF 40 that contains the chemical active ingredient avobenzone, rather than one with mineral active ingredients like zinc oxide.

As a reminder, using the best sunscreen won't protect skin if it’s not used properly.

Experts suggest applying at least one teaspoon to each body part 15 to 30 minutes before going outside and reapplying every two hours.

Click here to read the full results of the study.