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Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Kameel Stanley, & Keyonna Summers

Protect your skin, don't get ripped off

sunscreen.jpgI've been duped. For the past two years, I've shelled out major cash for fancy sunscreens that include special protection against not just sunburns, but also the sun rays that cause lines and wrinkles. (No, that's not hocus-pocus, you really do need protection from both UVA and UVB rays.)

But I don't need to spend nearly so much to get it. In new sunscreen ratings from Consumer Reports, my pricey La Roche-Posey sunscreen was outperformed by brands that cost a fraction as much. Yep, while I've been paying $18.82/ounce for La Roche-Posey, I would have been better off with a bottle of No-Ad at $0.59/ounce.

Ouch. Kinda makes me feel guilty that I wouldn't let my brothers use it on a family vacation last year.

Here are the full Consumer Reports rankings, with top performers listed first. For complete rankings, check out the July issue!

SPF 30 (all sprays)
Banana Boat Sport Performance SPF 30; $1.60/ounce
Coppertone Sport Ultra Sweatproof SPF 30;  $1.67/ounce
CVS Fast Cover Sport SPF 30; $1.33/ounce
Up & Up Sport SPF 30 (Target), $0.88/ounce

SPF 40 to 50
No-Ad with Aloe and Vitamin E SPF 45, $0.59
Equate Baby SPF 50, $0.63
Walgreens Sport SPF 50, $1.33
Ocean Potion Kids Instant Dry Mist SPF 50, $1.33

SPF 50+
Banana Boat Sport Performance SPF 100, $2.25

Deal Diva Letitia


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 6:35pm]


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