Consumer Reports Releases New Warning About Sunscreens Who Have Less SPF Than They Claim

We’re already halfway through May which means summer will be here in just a few weeks. After school is out and everyone starts getting acclimated to the “no school” schedule, it will soon be time for parks, pools, and beaches! Families across the country will be packing up their shorts, tanks, and swimsuits and heading out for a much-needed family vacation. Although wearing sunscreen is a must all year long, the summer months are when the sun’s at it’s hottest and the UV rays their strongest!


This means, of course, that sunscreen should be part of everyone’s daily routine. It can be a little overwhelming when you’re trying to select which brand will give your family the most protection, which is why we should all be thankful the researchers at Consumer Reports are always there to help.


This year, 73 sunscreens were put under Consumer Reports’ rigorous testing procedures and the results are a little troubling. According to the company, 24 brands had only half the SPF they claim on their label! That’s definitely alarming considering some of the sunscreens that fall into this category are some of the most popular on the market.


Moreso, many of the brands that failed to tick the safety boxes in the Consumer Reports lab are the “natural” sunscreens which are growing in popularity. In fact, not one mineral, natural, or organic sunscreen tested was recommended by CR.

Head to the next page for the best sunscreens on the market, according to Consumer Reports!