Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Picking the best sunscreen: Top brands ranked

Picking the best sunscreen: Top brands ranked

Consumer Reports uses their own testing methods to determine sunscreens' SPF, which is a measure of how well a product guards against UVB rays. Many people looking to soak up the sun might be using the product incorrectly and don't even know it.

The survey found that among those who use sunscreen, nearly one in five (18%) are knowingly using expired sun cream while a further 33% are potentially unwittingly using it by never checking the expiry date.

The best way to fight melanoma is to stay out of the sun and wear as much protection as possible.

Also, the generic brands at Walmart and Target and as well as one that's only $3, the generic Walgreens baby sunscreen.

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The sun protection factor, or SPF, is a measure of how well a cream/lotion blocks out UVB rays.

Look for the words "broad spectrum". This means the sunscreen will protect against both UVA rays (which cause premature skin aging) and UVB rays (which cause sunburn). All sunscreens should be reapplied every two hours, or after swimming or sweating. "We're offering sunscreen samples to the participants and we're going to be talking about tips to avoid skin cancer, what to look for as far as warning signs'".

"The best type of sunscreen is one you'll use", Dr. Rigel says in a press release about the study, "so find one you like and apply it to all exposed skin before heading outside". A new video in the series posts to the AAD website and YouTube channel each month.

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Click the audio link below to hear more of our conversation with Dr. Corinne Howington about skin cancer prevention.

One of the most common forms of cancer in the United States is skin cancer.

In addition, the partnership will help support some of the Foundation's education initiatives, including, the leading online resource for skin cancer information; Sun Smart U, the Foundation's youth-education program; and Heads Up!

About the AAD Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology, founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. The organization represents cosmetic and personal care product companies. The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology was the third most-cited dermatology journal in 2016.

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