Consumer Reports: Sunscreen SPF

sunscreenYONKERS, N.J. — Consumer Reports tested 20 sprays and lotions that claim to be water resistant and provide “broad spectrum” protection. 18 of the 20 sunscreens Consumer Reports tested came in below the SPF they promise on their packages, although except for two they did provide adequate protection.
Tester Jamie Kopf says “We can’t say why our test results differ from the manufacturers’. In some cases we found the SPF was off by just a little. But two sunscreens were off by much more.”
The brand Beyond Coastal Natural claimed an SPF of 30, but testers found its SPF was below 15. Banana Boat Kids’ SPF was also below 15, though it claimed SPF 50.
Consumer Reports did find seven sunscreens to recommend. And it named two Best Buys. They’re Equate Ultra Protection SPF 50 from Walmart for nine dollars and the spray Up & Up Sport SPF 50 from Target for eight dollars.
Consumer Reports also recommends three more spray-on sunscreens: Bullfrog Water Armor Sport Instacool SPF 50+, Walgreen’s store-brand sunscreen called Well at Walgreens Sport SPF 50 and Banana Boat Ultra Defense Max Skin Protect SPF 110.
Two other lotions are also recommended: Coppertone Water Babies SPF 50, and Neutrogena Ultimate Sport SPF 70+.
You can get more information on Consumer Reports’ sunscreen tests here.