Does your pricey sunscreen really protect you from the sun’s harmful rays?

Does your pricey sunscreen really protect you from the sun’s harmful rays?

Do popular, pricey sunscreens give the protection they claim?

From Today

We’ve all walked the sunscreen aisle at the local market or pharmacy and seen the plethora of sunscreen brands stacked together.  From the sprays, gels, lotions, and 100 SPF labels, deciphering the information on the bottles can be a confusing endeavor.  Add to that the news stories and Surgeon General’s warnings about using sun protection and the thinning of the Ozone layer, and it’s enough to keep you awake at night.  This post from Today gives a great treatise on what these numbers on the bottles mean, and great information on how to be smart and savvy when shopping for sun protection for your family.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

s your sunscreen really giving you the protection it promises? Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, TODAY National Investigative Correspondent Jeff Rossen has some surprising new information to share.

Many of us will be heading to the beach this weekend, and that means we’re heading to the store today to buy sunscreen. But if you think the most expensive brands work best, think again.

According to new ratings of 12 sunscreens by Consumer Reports, the priciest sunscreens proved to be the least effective, while some of the least-expensive sunscreens scored the best.

“We found six that are really good at protecting against UVA and UVB rays, and they’re at a very affordable price,” Consumer Reports Associate Editor Nicole Sarrubbo told TODAY.

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