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Best sunscreen for your money

Best sunscreen for your money

Theo Thimou May 26, 2017
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Consumer Reports has ranked sunscreens and found that you don’t have to pay big bucks to protect your skin from harsh UV rays.

Here’s what so funny: One of the highest rated sunscreens that got a Best Buy recommendation turned out to be the cheapest one they tested!

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Great sunscreen protection needn’t cost a lot

Want the best sunscreen for your money? Check out these options…

Lotions

Equate Ultra Protection Sunscreen SPF 50

This Walmart store brand lotion was deemed a best buy with a score of 94 out of 100.

It costs only 49 cents an ounce — the cheapest unit price of any lotion tested!

Active ingredients include Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (13%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (7%) and Oxybenzone (4%).

Meanwhile, two other sunblocks scored higher in the lotion category and were also recommended as best buys…

Pure Sun Defense Disney Frozen SPF 50

Coppertone Water Babies SPF 50

Both the Pure Sun Defense Disney Frozen and Coppertone Water Babies scored a 98 out of 100.

Pure Sun Defense costs 79 cents an ounce, while the Coppertone costs $1.31 an ounce.

Yet both have the exact same active ingredient composition in the exact same ratios as the Equate Ultra Protection Sunscreen SPF 50!

Meanwhile, at the other extreme…

If you balked at the higher price of the Coppertone offering we just mentioned, it’s nothing compared to La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios 60 Melt-in Sunscreen Milk. We’re talking $7.20 per ounce!!

La Roche-Posay was the only brand to score a perfect 100 on the Consumer Reports test.

Yet it too had an active ingredient composition remarkably similar to the cheaper competition: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (10.72%), Octisalate (3.21%), Octocrylene (6%) and Oxybenzone (3.86%).

Why pay more for basically the same stuff?!

Sprays

Trader Joe’s Spray SPF 50+

When it comes to sprays, this Trader Joe’s offering scored a perfect 100 on the Consumer Reports annual tally.

At $1 an ounce, it might be worth a look. Active ingredients include Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (15%), Octisalate (5%) and Oxybenzone (6%).

Yet there was a cheaper option you may want to consider…

Equate Sport Continuous Spray SPF 30

At 83 cents an ounce, this Walmart store brand scored an 84.

Active ingredients include Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (10%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (2%) and Oxybenzone (4%).

Conclusion

Clearly, it’s possible to get all the protection from the sun’s harmful rays you need and not break the bank.

Just be sure that whatever sunscreen you get says ‘broad spectrum’ on the label for maximum protection. That will ensure that it protects against both ultraviolet B (UVB) and ultraviolet A (UVA) rays.

Consumer Reports says UVB is the biggest culprit when it comes to sunburn and it also plays a role in skin cancer. UVA, meanwhile, is responsible for tanning and aging skin, in addition to contributing to skin cancer.

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Theo Thimou is director of content for ClarkHoward.com. He has co-written 2 books with Clark Howard, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Clark Howard's Living Large in Lean Times.
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