Summer time means tanning time, but that also means UV rays and sun burn. Are you using the protection you need? Better yet, are the products you are using giving you the protection you think you are getting?
“Nearly a third of sunscreens tested by Consumer Reports fell short of the promised SPF protection, missing the mark by anywhere from 16% to 70%.”
Out of the 34 sun screens tested, only 15 made it on the recommended list. So how did the consumer report reach their conclusion? They had volunteers apply sunscreen, soak in water and exposed them to UV rays to see if the skin reddened. Is your sun screen on the recommended list?
- Vichy Capital Soleil 50 Lightweight Foaming Lotion, SPF 50, at $5.94 an ounce
- Coppertone Water Babies SPF 50, at $1.31 an ounce
- Equate Ultra Protection, SPF 50, at $.56 an ounce
- No-Ad Sport SPF 50, at $.63 an ounce
- Ocean Potion Protect & Nourish, SPF 30, at $1 an ounce
- Aveeno Protect+Hydrate, SPF 30, at $3.33 an ounce
- Up & Up Ultra Sheer, SPF 30, at $1.63 an ounce
- Banana Boat SunComfort Continuous Spray, SPF 50+, at $1.83 an ounce
- L’Oreal Quick Dry Sheer Finish (spray) 50+, at $2.44 an ounce
- Coppertone Sport High Performance AccuSpray, SPF 30, at $1.58 an ounce
- Equate Sport Continuous Spray, SPF 30, at $1.33 an ounce
- Coppertone UltraGuard, SPF 70+, at $1.38 an ounce
- Neutrogena Beach Defense Water + Sun Protection, SPF 70, at $1.62 an ounce
- Caribbean Breeze Continuous Tropical Mist (spray), SPF 70, at $2.75 an ounce
When purchasing any product, it is important to read and understand the label terminology. For example, broad spectrum means you are being protected from both UV and UVA rays.
There are cool summer styles you can rock to minimize over sun exposure.
- Bring out the floppy hats and fedoras
- Apply sun screen 30 minutes before being exposed to the sun
- Cool off at your dazzling Camden pool
- Bring your friends and if you’re not a Camden resident, what are you waiting for?