Many sunscreens provide less SPF protection than claimed on the label: Report

Many sunscreens provide less SPF protection than claimed on the label: report

In its latest annual sunscreen report, the Consumer Reports magazine has reported that many sunscreens don’t provide the SPF (sun protection factor) protection as claimed on the label.

Experts with Consumer Reports tested 58 sunscreen lotions, sticks and sprays, and found that around a third of those products provide less than half the SPF protection mentioned on the label.

Trisha Calvo, the deputy editor of health & food for the magazine, said their study found 15 products offered the recommend amount of protection, while 20 products offered less than half the SPF listed on the label.

The experts recommend sunscreen products with an SPF of 30 or higher in outdoors, though an SPF of more than 50 offers no additional benefit.

SPF is a measure of how much a sunscreen can protect against ultraviolet B (UVB) and UVA radiation, which cause sunburn, skin ageing and contribute to cancer.

Three products, viz. La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-in Sunscreen Milk SPF 60, Equate Sport Lotion SPF 50, and Pure Sun Defense Disney Frozen Lotion SPF 50, scored 81 or higher overall scores and were included among the excellent or very good for protection against UVA as well as UVB.

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