"I think most of us thought that sunscreen is going to last all day, just because it has a high number on the box. But just because it has a high number on the box, it doesn't mean it's going to protect you for that long."
Preventing painful sunburn and potential skin cancer is easy... just ask dermatologist, Dr. Valentina Bradley.
"Avoid the sun between 10 and 2. Apply your sunscreen 30 minutes before you go outside. Reapply it every 2 hours that you're in the sun and if you're in the pool or in the water, you have to reapply as soon as you get out."
A recent study shows daily sunscreen use can help prevent skin aging and skin cancer by blocking harmful UVA and UVB rays. When looking for a sunscreen choose one with these features...
"I would recommend broad spectrum, SPF50 or higher, water resistant and sweat resistant."
Good sunscreen certainly isn't hard to find. But here's something really important, sometimes the stuff that's the most expensive isn't necessarily the best.
Consumer reports reviewed 12 sunscreens and found the top product to be Target store brand, Up and Up Sport SPF 50 spray, at $1.16 an ounce. It was the best for value. Walmart Equate Ultra Protection SPF 50 lotion was the cheapest at 47 cents an ounce. Coppertone Water Babies SPF 50 lotion, at $1.38 an ounce, Walgreens Continuous Spray Sport, SPF 50, $1.33 an ounce. And Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch SPF 30 lotion, for $1.38 an ounce.
Bottom line... protecting yourself from the sun is essential. Burning a bunch of money to do it? Not so much.
For more information including the specific brands we recommended, go to moneytalksnews.com and search for "Sunscreens."
For Money Talks News, I'm Stacy Johnson.