July 15, 2016 william

Shocking! Consumer Reports: Sunscreen SPF Labels Test At Only An 8

Almost HALF of sunscreens tested did not live up to the SPF claim on the label. A few scored danger

1.What Exactly Is An SPF Label?

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SPF is an acronym for: sun protection factor or sunburn protection factor. The number itself tells you how much of the sunscreen will filter out the sun’s ultraviolet rays. The SPF label addresses the UVB, or short waves. These can penetrate the upper layers of the skin, known as the epidermis. Dermatologists recommend an SPF of 30 or above.

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2.Consumer Reports Have Tested A Variety Of Sunscreens For 4 Years

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EVERY year, sunscreens have failed in their claims. This, despite the fact that the FDA requires all sunscreens to meet their labeled SPF levels. This year 43% of the 60 sunscreens tested failed to meet their claim. In fact, ⅓ registered below an SPF below 30.

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3.Two Of The Sunscreens Tested an SPF Of Only 8

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Banana Boat Kids Tear-Free, Sting-Free SPF 50 lotion and CVS Kids Sun Lotion SPF 50 both tested at this level. It should be noted that both Banana Boat and CVS deny these claims and state they meet FDA testing requirements.

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4.“Natural” Sunscreens or Mineral Products Also Performed Poorly

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These products often contain only zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, or a combination of both (as their active ingredients.) In this group, only 26% of the 19 mineral sunscreens tested by Consumer Reports met their SPF claims. To compare: 58% of the 85 chemical sunscreens tested met their claims.

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5.Here’s The Breakdown

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Of course, some some sunscreens performed well. Here’s a list of the best:

  • Pure Sun Defense SPF 50 lotion
  • Aveeno Protect + Hydrate SPF 30
  • Equate Sport continuous Spray SPF 50
  • No-Ad sport SPF 50 lotion
  • Banana Boat SunComfort Continuous Spray SPF 50 +
  • La Roche-Posay Anthellos 60 Melt-In Sunscreen Milk Lotion

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