Summer is nearly here, and with countless types of sunscreens, it’s hard to know which to choose.
Consumer Reports released results of a trial Tuesday that tested 22 sprays, creams and lotions to determine which were best in skin protection from the sun.
The tests found that nine of the 22 sunscreens offered excellent protection from both UVB and UVA rays.
No one type of sunscreen—spray, cream or lotion—was better than the other in providing coverage.
The tests determined that Up & Up Sport SPF 30 from Target (spray), No-Ad with Aloe and Vitamin E SPF 45 (lotion), and Equate Baby SPF 50 (lotion) are the best sunscreen buys.
When choosing a sunscreen, a higher price does not necessarily equate to a better product. La Roche-Posay, which is $18.82 an ounce, scored lower in the tests than No-Ad, which is 59 cents an ounce.
The tests also looked at how the products felt and smelled, drying time for the products, water resistance and staining tendencies of the products.
Consumer Reports also looked at the ingredients in sunscreens.
Although almost every tested sunscreen had ingredients related to adverse health effects in animal studies, they determined that the proven benefits of sunscreen were greater than any potential risks.
CR reported that pregnant women should avoid sunscreens with retinyl palmitate, because of its tendency to convert to retinoids, which could heighten the risk of birth defects.
When relaxing in the sun this summer, wear protective clothing and limit your time in the sun to make using sunscreen most effective. You should always use a water resistant sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. And when applying product, use two to three tablespoons of lotions and go over your entire body twice with a spray.
Click here for the full study from Consumer Reports.