Sunscreens: What Works, What Doesn’t
Now that the FDA has postponed the implementation of new rules to simply sunscreen product labels until December–wait, isn’t that the start of winter?- we’ll rely on the advice of the experts at Consumer Reports. The Los Angeles Times reveals that those experts found that none of 18 popular sunscreens rated excellent in all four categories: UVA and UVB protection, UVB protection after being in the water, and staining fabrics. All Terrain Aqua Sport lotion rated best, and 13 products scored 70 or higher. Consumer Reports gave “best buy” to No-Ad with Aloe & Vitamin E SPF 45 and Walgreens Continuous Spray Sport SPF 50. Two products — Alba Botanica Natural Very Emollient Sunblock Sport SPF 45 and Banana Boat Kids Tear-Free Sting-Free SPF 50+ — failed the critical wavelength test. But wait, a far more comprehensive list of sunscreens and their effectiveness is available here from the Environmental Working Group, which points out that the best sunscreen of all is a hat and shirt.