Just in time for summer Consumer Reports, a nonprofit consumer organization, has come out with their list of top sunscreens to protect you and your loved ones from harmful summer rays. The top of the “best buys” list was Target's Up & Up's Sport Continuous SPF 30 spray; stating that this brand “offers good protection against cancer-causing solar radiation at an economical 88-cents-per-ounce cost. Coming in close behind, are No-Ad with Aloe and Vitamin E SPF 45, and Equate Baby SPF 50. Other highly recommended sunscreens were Banana Boat Sport Performance SPF 30, Banana Boat Sport Performance SPF 100, Coppertone Sport Ultra Sweatproof SPF 30, CVS Fast Cover Sport SPF 30, Walgreens Sport SPF 50, and Ocean Potion Kids Instant Dry Mist SPF 50. All of these brands were rated “excellent”.
Of the 22 brands that Consumer Reports rated, none failed the test when it came to good UV protection; however, safety is a different issue, and the nonprofit stated that “Almost every sunscreen in the ratings contained chemicals that are potentially toxic.” Such chemicals as oxybenzone thought to hinder hormones, and retinyl palmitate has been known to cause birth defects. As a precaution Consumer Reports suggests that pregnant women should keep away from sunscreens with retinyl palmitate.