Consumer Reports tests best sunscreens for your face

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ByNydia Han via WPVI logo
Thursday, June 25, 2015

If you want to minimize wrinkles, putting on sunscreen is important. That's why Consumer Reports tested sunscreens that are specially formulated for your face.

There are so many facial sunscreens on the market and prices range widely.

Consumer Reports tested six facial sunscreens.

They contain the same active ingredients as regular sunscreens, but Tricia Calvo from Consumer Reports says: "Facial sunscreens are designed to be lighter and less greasy, and our sensory panelists found they have little or no odor."

Once applied to the skin, the facial sunscreens left only a slight amount of residue and some left none at all.

Consumer Reports uses the same test for both facial and body sunscreens.

They're applied to panelists' backs to measure protection from UVB rays. And lab tests assess protection from UVA rays - the kind that cause wrinkles.

Consumer Reports found two facial sunscreens to recommend

First, The Avon Sun Plus Sunscreen Face Lotion with an SPF 40 for $9.

And Coppertone Sport High Performance Faces SPF 50 for $10.

"Our tests on the Coppertone Faces showed it actually averaged an SPF of 41, but it will still deliver plenty of UVB, as well as UVA protection," said Calvo.

The recommended sunscreens do cost more per ounce than traditional sunscreens, but they're still a great deal.

"You can spend thousands and thousands of dollars, but if you're looking to keep your skin youthful, the best protection is your sunscreen," said Carmela Carfango of Consumer Reports.

When you apply sunscreen, you should spread at least a teaspoon on your face, ears, and neck.

Consumer Reports says your sun-protection regimen should also include sunglasses and a hat, plus you should try to stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., which is when you're more likely to get burned.