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Consumer Reports: Best sunscreens of 2019

Need to replenish your sunscreen stash?

Consumer Reports has released its annual sunscreen ratings, just in time for fun in the sun.

Ratings include dozens of lotions, sprays and sticks. Ten received an Overall Score of Excellent and are Consumer Reports recommended products. Another 36 earned a Very Good score and are acceptable choices. Here’s a few of the best in the report.

Best lotions

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 melt-in sunscreen milk sunscreens: $36

BullFrog Land Sport Quik Gel SPF 50 sunscreens: $13

Best sprays

Trader Joe's Spray SPF 50+ sunscreens: $6

Banana Boat SunComfort Clear UltraMist Spray SPF 50+ sunscreens: $13

Best without oxybenzone, a chemical active ingredient that is concerning to the FDA. Research shows that it may be absorbed through the ski more than previous thought and studies in animals suggest it may interfere with the function of hormones in the body. All of CR’s recommended sunscreens contain oxybenzone.

“While we recognize there are concerns with oxybenzone, we know that sunscreen is a critical part of an overall sun protection plan,” says Don Huber, director of product safety at Consumer Reports. “It’s proven to prevent sunburn and can lower your risk of skin cancer and reduce skin aging, and our testing is based on a product’s ability to filter UV rays.”

Walgreens Hydrating Lotion SPF 50 sunscreens: $3

Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance Lotion SPF 50 sunscreens: $8

Best mineral sunscreens

Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide -- so-called mineral or natural sunscreens -- are two active ingredients that the FDA says do not need additional safety data. However, year after year in Consumer Reports the sunscreens that contain only one or both of these as active ingredients do not perform as well as the ones that contain chemical active ingredients. Some provide adequate SPF protection but not enough UVA protection, or vice versa. Here’s two that received Good Overall Scores.

California Kids #supersensitive Lotion SPF 30+ sunscreens: $20

Badger Active Natural Mineral Cream SPF 30 unscented sunscreens: $16

Consumer Reports recommends sunscreen as part of an overall approach to sun protection that includes covering up with clothing, wearing a hat and sunglasses, and staying in the shade or indoors when the sun’s rays are the strongest, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Consumer Reports has announced its annual sunscreen ratings.

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