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Expensive sunscreen SPF 'fails to meet protection claim'

Expensive sunscreen SPF 'fails to meet protection claim'

Looks like cheaper sunscreens can give better sun protection than some big expensive brands, reveals a new watchdog investigation.

"When you consider the prevalence of this disease and how many people will see our messages, we know that lives will be saved", said Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD, president of the Skin Cancer Foundation, in a press release. "It did claim you can use it exclusively as sun protection, but the American Academy of Dermatology does not recommend anything but topical sunscreen as a way of sun protection from the damaging sun rays".

However, after that 5 hours is reached, it is recommend to seek shade rather than apply more sunscreen.

Apply sunscreen to all areas of exposed skin even when it's cloudy.

Some sunscreen lotions also offer protection against the ultraviolet A or UVA rays, which are responsible for the skin's aging and melanoma. While no sunscreen can filter out all of the sun's UVB rays, SPF 30 sunscreens block 97 percent of the sun's UVB rays.

To get the most out of your sunscreen, make sure to have a broad spectrum SPF, which protects against UVB and UVA rays.

And for the fifth year in a row, Consumer Reports finds some sunscreens failed during testing to provide the level of protection promised on the package. It's recommended to use at least one teaspoon to each body part 15 to 30 minutes before going outside. Avoid sunscreen with oils, fragrance and para aminobenzoic acid.

"Mineral sunscreens are thicker and may leave a whitish color on your skin, so if this keeps you from wearing it, that is not good, and "medically" means you are higher risk for skin cancer", she said. "The problem with free sunscreen is that it is one of those gifts that requires you to do something, like giving someone a pet as a birthday present".

Fact: Sunscreen should be used year-round for any sun exposure, regardless of weather conditions. A new video in the series posts to the AAD website and YouTube channel each month.

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.

Customer testimonials posted to company pages, like Harmonized Water, state the product is "like a second skin of protection". The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology was the third most-cited dermatology journal in 2016.


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