The Press Newspaper
YONKERS, NY – Thirty-one percent of Americans polled by the Consumer Reports National Research Center said they never wear sunscreen.
But consumers aren’t oblivious to the sun’s risks: 22 percent of those polled said they’d been examined by a doctor for something they thought might be skin cancer.
The July issue of Consumer Reports rates 10 top-selling sunscreens to slather on, noting that there’s plenty of variation among the brands tested. Consumers should choose carefully. The report will be available online at www.ConsumerReportsHealth.org.
Forty-five percent of sunscreen users said they were “especially bothered” by getting sunscreen in their eyes, while 41 percent were bothered by sand sticking to their skin. Another issue was cost, which 40 percent of respondents cited as bothersome. About one third of respondents were bothered by stains and smells that wouldn’t wash out and not being able to wash sunscreen off their hands.
“Consumers should make sure they don’t forget sunscreen. There are plenty of options – creams, lotions, different scents – to suit every preference,” said Jamie Hirsh, associate editor, Consumer Reports. Forty-eight percent of sunscreen users who’d had a sunburn in the past two years said it happened during their first time out in the sun after months of little to no sun.
Other survey highlights include:
Best sunscreens, plus tips for sunscreen use
Consumer Reports assessed each sunscreen’s ability to protect against ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B radiation. Many products now claim protection against both, though SPF accounts for ultraviolet B rays only. CR’s tests also measured the sunscreens’ protection after volunteers soaked in a tub for at least 40 minutes.
Consumer Reports found that most sunscreens protected well, identifying three Consumer Reports Best Buys: Walgreens Continuous Spray Sport SPF 50; Coppertone Water Babies SPF 50 (lotion); and Target Sport Continuous Spray SPF 30, whose brand name has since changed to Up & Up. Consumer Reports notes that spray sunscreens can be tricky to apply if it’s windy.
Consumer Reports recommends the following tips for sunscreen use: