Choosing the right brand can be intimidating if you aren’t quite sure what you’re looking for.
You’ve probably heard that sunscreens with an SPF over 50 only provide a negligible increase in protection. This is mostly true, because SPF 50 already blocks 98 percent of UVB radiation. Going over 50 can only give you another percent or so of protection. But there are a few factors that complicate the issue.
Here’s a simple checklist for the next time you’re in your local drug store:
Lotion, not spray-on
At least SPF 50, but higher if you’re likely to not put on enough
Again, for reference, Consumer Reports recommends:
Lotion: La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-In Sunscreen Milk, Equate Sport Lotion SPF 50, Coppertone Sport SPF 50, and Aveeno Protect + Hydrate SPF 30
Spray-on: Trader Joe’s spray sunscreen SPF 50+, Banana Boat SunComfort Continuous Spray SPF 50+
Stick: Up & Up Kids SPF 55