Consumer Reports: Your sunscreen may be bluffing its SPF

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by WHAS11.com

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 20, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - Summertime is almost here, and with the sun finally shining, it's time to slather on the sunscreen.

But a new report from Consumer Reports claims the sunscreen you're using may not be protecting you and your family as much as you think.

In its tests of 20 sunscreens, Consumer Reports said it found only two provided the SPF promised on the label.

Trisha Calvo of Consumer Reports, said, "If you buy an SPF that's 50, and it's really giving you an SPF of 25 or 15, that means you may burn more quickly than you think you would."

Consumer Reports also said that kids may not need a special formula because manufacturers often use the same active ingredients in the same concentration for both kids' sunscreens and other sunscreens.

One thing that the magazine does not dispute: that forgoing sunscreen all together is the worst option by far.

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