4 Best Inexpensive Sunscreens
By Louis DeNicola, Cheapism.com
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Following expert guidelines for sun safety requires a lot of sunscreen. As many consumers know, it's wise to apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before enjoying the sun and reapply every two hours at minimum. Authorities such as the American Academy of Dermatology also recommend wearing sunscreen whenever you're outside, not just on hot, sunny days or at the beach in a bathing suit. Water- and sweat-resistant varieties are recommended because they won't lose their effectiveness on wet skin, but they still should be reapplied after swimming or rigorous exercise. As a result, stocking up on low-cost lotion can be a big money saver.
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Generally a sun protection factor of 15 or 30 is the lowest you should choose. With no evidence that SPF above 50 provides greater protection, the FDA has proposed limiting sunscreen labels to "50+." It's important to note that SPF indicates protection against only one type of ultraviolet radiation: UVB, which causes sunburn. Not all sunscreens filter out UVA rays, which are linked to skin aging and cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common type, with more than 3.5 million cases in the U.S. every year. That's why it's important to seek out a "broad-spectrum" sunscreen that blocks both types of UV rays.
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Cheapism.com has found four inexpensive sunscreens that are rated water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, offer broad-spectrum protection, and elicit rave reviews from consumers.
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