With summer approaching, it’s essential for us redheads to stock up on our favorite sunscreen items. But, what if we told you your sunscreen wasn’t actually doing what it promises? It may come as a shock, but Consumer Reports just released a four-year study showing nearly half of chemical sunscreens aren’t doing their job — basically, they’re not giving you the amount of protection promised on the bottle. [Insert screaming emoji here]
Consumer Reports stated in their study, “This year we tested and rated more than 60 lotions, sprays, and sticks with SPF claims of 30 or higher–30 being the minimum level recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology. But 28 of them–a full 43 percent–failed to meet the SPF claim on the label. Three of them fell far short, with our tests showing an SPF of less than 15.”
Consumer Reports reported the worst in the bunch were mineral (another word for natural) products.
Oh, and those water-resistant products you use when going for a swim? Yup, they aren’t doing their job either. The study discovered they to didn’t meet their SPF claim after immersed in water.
Now, you may be wondering what sunscreens are bad, and which are good? According to a recent article from CBS News, the Banana Boat Kids Tear-Free, Sting-Free SPF 50 lotion and CVS Kids Sun Lotion SPF 50 both tested at an SPF 8.
SPF 8 for marketing that reads SPF 50?! This not good news for redheads.