Consumer Reports tests sunscreens

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Consumer Reports testers were given the task of trying different sunscreens to find ones that are best for people who usually don't like sunscreen. (WPVI)

Consumer Reports testers were given the task of trying different sunscreens to find ones that are best for people who usually don't like sunscreen.

"There's a slight beachy aroma," said Lynn Meyers.

People complain that sunscreens can be greasy or look shiny or leave a white residue.

In blind tests, the Consumer Reports panelists rubbed a quarter teaspoon on their arm and noted its absorbency, the aroma, the feel and look on the skin.

"Mine rubbed in very quickly and there was very, very little residual," said Lisa Keon.

And the smell is important to some. In a Consumer Reports' survey, 31 percent say they look for a tropical, coconut scent, while nearly half prefer an unscented sunscreen.

But there is hope for those who can't stand the smell or the feel.

"We did find sunscreens that you may like a lot better, and that our tests show offer good protection from the sun as well," said Trisha Calvo, Consumer Reports Health Editor.

The Aveeno Protect Plus Hydrate SPF 30, and from Walmart, the Equate Sport Continuous Spray SPF 30, won't leave you shiny or greasy.

If you want protection with a barely-noticeable scent, consider Pure Sun Defense SPF 50 lotion.

For those who like a tropical scent, Banana Boat SunComfort Continuous Spray SPF 50 delivers a slight Piña colada fragrance.

Consumer Reports' survey found women are more likely to use sunscreen than men: 57 percent compared with 43 percent.

If you still prefer not to use sunscreen, you can wear tightly woven clothing and a hat with a broad brim. Big sunglasses will protect your eyes and eyelids, but you may still need sunscreen to cover exposed skin.

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