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Sunscreen may not be giving you the protection it claims

Some Sunscreen Brands Not Providing Promised SPF


That SPF 20 sunblock you've been slathering on yourself since the start of this warm season might not actually be protecting you as much as it claims.

According to an ABC report, 'In its test of 20 sunscreens, Consumer Reports says it found that only two sunscreens provided the SPF promised on that label."

Additionally, Consumer Reports confirms that 18 of the 20 sunscreens they tested did not provide the exact protection they promised after being exposed to water.

WRC-TV called out the two lowest-performing sunscreens, both of which only offered protection of 15 SPF or below despite claiming numbers at least twice as high.

- Beyond Coastal Natural and
- Banana Boat Kids

The two brands that shined were Coppertone Water Babies SPF 50 and Equate Ultra Protection SPF 50, which is a Walmart brand.

However, the new report wasn't only about SPF. Consumer Reports also set out to debunk common sunscreen myths, including that kids need a special formula. They actually don't, and the entire family can use the same brand.

And another myth: Two times the SPF means twice the sun protection. Also false.

"An SPF of 70 isn't double the protection of an SPF of 35. ... The FDA had considered at one point of capping the claims you can put on the bottle at 50 because it's giving people a false sense of security."

Check out the Consumer Reports website to see how your sunscreen measured up.

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