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May242011

'Consumer Reports' Releases Its Top Picks for Sunscreen

Comstock/Thinkstock(YONKERS, N.Y.) -- Just in time for the start of the beachgoing season this Memorial Day weekend, Consumer Reports released its top picks for sunscreens Tuesday.

After testing 22 sprays, creams, and lotions, the magazine identified nine sunscreens that offered "Excellent" protection from sunburn-causing UVB rays and "Very Good" protection from UVA rays, which cause the skin to tan and age.  Three were designated "Best Buys:" Target's Up & Up Sport SPF 30, No-Ad with Aloe and Vitamin E SPF 45, and Equate Baby SPF 50.

Out of the top three picks, one -- Target's Up & Up Sport SPF 30 -- is a spray.  In fact, Jamie Hersh, a senior editor for Consumer Reports, says "a lot of our top rated ones this time around are sprays."

Hersh says that while sprays aren't necessarily better than lotions, they're just as good.

"The important thing with the spray is making sure that you apply it properly and that you get enough of it on," he says.

He also advises consumers to watch out for a key ingredient: Retinyl palmitate.  Hersh says "it is an antioxidant and animal studies have actually linked it to an increased risk of skin cancer."

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