Consumer reports tests, rates popular sunscreen brands

The Los Angeles Times reports, “Consumer Reports tested some popular brands” of sunscreen and found that “the best choices are not necessarily the most expensive.”

The group tested 18 products, finding that “none rated excellent in all four categories:

  • UVA and UVB protection,
  • UVB protection after being in the water, and
  • staining fabrics.”…

Thirteen products scored 70 or higher.

The piece notes, “The US Food and Drug Administration has postponed until December implementation of its new rules that aim to simplify labels on sunscreen products; the rules include requiring products claiming protection against both UVB and UVA rays – ‘broad-spectrum protection’ – to pass a ‘critical wave’ test, which Consumer Reports included in its assessments.”

More details from Consumer Reports can be found here.

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