Sunscreen Myths

Published 07/17 2014 12:20PM

Updated 07/17 2014 12:30PM

As we are in the midst of the summer, a popular go to item during this time of year is sunscreen.

Here are some Sunscreen Myths that are being debunked:

- Sunscreens that claim they have Antioxidants
A recent study of 12 products enriched with antioxidants showed that the compounds had little or no benefit. It's difficult to make such a product because antioxidants aren't stable.

- Tear and Sting Free Sunscreen
For kids' sunscreens, manufacturers MAY omit cooling agents and moisturizers, which may bother the eyes. However, many sunscreens contain chemicals that help the lotion to stay put on your body- but there is no guarantee it won't get in your eyes.

- Sunscreen with 100 SPF
Although many people assume that a higher number is much more effective, our testing showed that plenty of lower-SPF products perform comparably. In fact, the FDA has proposed limiting the maximum SPF value on sunscreen labels to 50+ because of a lack of evidence that higher numbers are more effective. As always, it is recommended to apply liberally and often.

- Sport Sunscreens
Generally "sport" and "active" products are sweat resistant and water resistant and less likely to irritate your eyes. These products are ideal for consumers who will be outside and expect to be sweating or jumping in the water.

(Studies and facts found from Consumer Reports).

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