Consumer Reports: Top Rated Sunscreens

Here is Consumer Reports latest study results on the effectiveness of varying types sunscreen. As you can see, lotions and sprays were tested from various companies and the results were quite surprising. Don’t let high prices and fancy labels fool you when choosing the right sunscreen.

Remember, broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) sunscreen is what you want for complete protection against the sun’s UV rays. UVA rays are responsible for the signs of aging, such as wrinkles, dark spots, and tiny blood vessel formation; whereas UVB is primarily responsible for the development of sunburn. Both UVA and UVB play a role in the development of skin cancer and thus should prompt the use of broad spectrum sunscreen when exposed to the sun.  Use this table as a tool to help guide your next sunscreen purchase.

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Consumer Reports 2016 Sunscreen Ratings

Photo Credit: CBS News, Huffington Post, Consumer Reports


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Published by Dr. Paul M. Graham

Paul M. Graham, D.O. (Founder/Editor-in-chief) founded Dimensional Dermatology in May 2016 with the vision to provide concise, easy to read, up-to-date dermatology and aesthetic medicine information to patients, medical staff, providers, and the general public. Dr. Graham is currently completing his training as a cosmetic dermatologic surgery fellow in Virginia Beach, Virginia at the McDaniel Laser and Cosmetic Center. He completed his dermatology training at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and was a clinical instructor at Michigan State University. He received his B.S. degree as Summa Cum Laude at Old Dominion University, his D.O. degree as Cum Laude at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed his internship at Largo Medical Center in Largo, Florida as chief intern, and completed his dermatology residency training at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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