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The Best Sunscreens For This Summer From Consumer Reports

The Best Sunscreens For This Summer

Will Ferrell's new line of charitable sunscreen (featuring Sun Stroke, Sexy Hot Tan, and Forbidden Fruit varieties) might get you some laughs on the beach and prevent a not-so-sexy burn, but they're not the ultimate in sun protection. In its quest to find the best sunscreens for your Summer, Consumer Reports rounded up 10 sunscreens and compared their effectiveness in protecting against ultraviolet A and B radiation.

The magazine chose three CR Best Buys based on the lab test results and reminds us that we shouldn't base our purchases on brand alone — previous tests showed quality variances within the same brand. To see what sunscreens performed the best and are worth your money,


CR Best Buys

  • Walgreens Continuous Spray Sport SPF 50
  • Coppertone Water Babies SPF 50 (lotion)
  • Target (now called Up & Up) Sport Continuous Spray SPF 30

Worst Performers

  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch With Helioplex SPF 70 (lotion)
  • Banana Boat Kids Tear Free SPF 50 (lotion)

Do you have a go-to sunscreen?


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Allytta Allytta 6 years
i'm still looking. finishing up my clinique spf 50 and buying la roche-posay (heard a lot of good things about it, Bellasugar including).
HTCmom HTCmom 6 years
I have 3 young & active children & use the Neutrogena Baby line with them. My son is a very, very fair red head (which I am desperately trying to prevent from having freckles)and my youngest is allergic to almost all lines of sunscreen. So I am really surprised at the bad rating from CR. I think it does a wonderful job.
xtinabeena xtinabeena 6 years
i adore my neutrogena. i'm just confused because i've seen SO many reviews saying neutro with helioplex is among the best. i think i will keep using it until i find something i like more!
BabeliciousSugar BabeliciousSugar 6 years
Oh my! I've used the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch With Helioplex for as long as I can remember!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
I use Bare Escentuals for my face and Peter Thomas Roth spray for my body. My daily moisturizer (Kinerase) also has sunscreen in it. My face breaks out if I use anything its not used to.
bengalspice bengalspice 6 years
I use the CVS brand sunscreen. It smells better than other sunscreens I've used.
runningesq runningesq 6 years
Bullfrog marathon spray (SFP 50 I think?) is awesome.I plan on using it at Ironman Cozumel .. I'm terrified I'm going to burn after being on the bike for 6-7 hours ...
runningesq runningesq 6 years
Bullfrog marathon spray (SFP 50 I think?) is awesome. I plan on using it at Ironman Cozumel .. I'm terrified I'm going to burn after being on the bike for 6-7 hours ...
kscincotta kscincotta 6 years
Gack! My beloved Neutrogena was the WORST?! I've found the SPF 70 formula to be hard to blend in, but otherwise, I love that line of sunblock. This is going to make me depressed all day.
supercoolnat supercoolnat 6 years
The Coppertone Sport lotion is my favorite. I've gone through so many different kinds, and this is definitely my favorite. I even use it for my face if I'm going to be active and sweat. I tried the spray previously, and it was convenient, but it ran out way too fast and wasn't convenient for my face.
heatherhas heatherhas 6 years
I normally get No AD but I can't find it anywhere this year! :( So I got Target's Up and Up lotion with 30 spf and it worked great, much better than the coppertone spray in 50 spf that I had. I play volleyball at the beach all summer, so its important that I get something that protects well and wont melt off in 30 min.
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