Choosing the right sunscreen

cancer lifestyle, Featured Article — By on July 19, 2010 at 9:34 am

When you’re looking for the best sunscreen that guards against ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B radiation which can help shield you from sunburn, wrinkles, and certain skin cancers–choose well.

Consumer Reports tests of 12 sunscreens found four sprays (available to subscribers), including one CR Best Buy, that protected a shade better than the rest.

At an outside lab they assessed how well each product blocked UVA and UVB rays and how well their claimed sun-protection factor, or SPF—a measure of UVB sunburn protection—lasted on volunteers who soaked in water for 40 or 80 minutes (depending on the length of each product’s water-resistance claim).

Whatever sunscreen you choose, make sure it has an SPF of at least 30 (plenty for most people), and that it is labeled water resistant.

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