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Golfers can find new sunscreen ratings on Consumer Reports

May 23rd, 2012
Staff writer / LifeApps Media

Golfers should choose a good sunscreen.|| Photo credit: Public Health Image LibraryGolfers are among the athletes most in need of a good sunscreen, since they spend a minimum of four hours during a round. Consumer Reports has done its annual service by rating 18 popular sunscreens.

The top picks include No-Ad with Aloe & Vitamin E SPF 45 and Walgreens Continuous Spray Sport SPF 50.

Consumers can now benefit from new rules from the Food and Drug Administration that requires manufacturers to provide broad-spectrum protection and both UVA and UVB rays. UVA radiation causes skin and aging of the skin while UVB rays cause sunburn

Consumer Reports found seven sunscreens were rated “very good” against UVA rays and excellent against UVB rays, even after immersion in water for 80 minutes. Two products, Alba Botanica Natural Very Emolliant Sunblock Sport SPF 45 and Banana Boat Kids Tear-Free Sting-free SPR 50+, failed the testing against both UVA and UVB protection.

The report, along with details about new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) labeling rules, are available online at ConsumerReports.org.

Here are additional tips for sun protection from Consumer Reports:

Use sunscreen that is at least SPF 30 and water resistant. However, sun intensity, geographic location, skin type, and other factors come into play, so SPF is simply a relative measure of protection.

For added protection, wear a hat and protective clothing.

Check sunscreen  ingredients. Oxybenzone may interfere with hormones in the body, and nanoscale zinc and titanium oxides have been linked to potential reproductive and developmental effects. In skin, retinyl palmitate converts readily to retinoids, associated with a risk of birth defects in people using retinoid-containing acne medications. Pregnant women may want to avoid products with retinyl palmitate.

Try to avoid inhaling spray sunscreens. Until more safety information is available, consumers should avoid using sprays on children, and be sure to spray sunscreen onto their hands before they apply it to their faces.

Make sure you use enough sunscreen. That means using two to three tablespoons of lotion on most of your body, or spray as much as can be rubbed in, then repeat. Reapply every two hours and after swimming or sweating.

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