Summer Safety: Sunscreen Myths

A consumer report claims sun screen may not be as effective as you think.
2:13 | 05/20/14

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As we head into summer, we have a warning for you this morning about sunscreen. Turns out, you may not be getting all of the protection you're paying for. ABC's gio Benitez has the story. Good morning to you. Just this weekend, I looked at that store shelf. And I thought, which sunscreen do I choose? It's so confusing. It turns out, the spf number we're so worried about, might not match what's really inside that bottle. After a long and grueling winter, time for fun in the sun has finally begun. But a new article from "Consumer reports" claims the sunscreen you're using may not be protecting you and your family as much as you might think. They'll still protect you. But you may not be getting what you think you're getting. Reporter: In its test, some 20 sun screens, only 2 provided the spf promised on the label. If it's giving you an spf of 25 or 15, you may burn more quickly than you think you would. Reporter: "Consumer reports" also claiming to debunk common myths about seasonscreen. Myth number one, that kids need a special formula. They often use the same ingredients in the same concentration for kids and other sunscreens. Myth two, that spray sunscreens provide the best coverage. It's difficult to judge how much spray you're using and where, which could lead to less coverage. And there are risks, as seen in this youtube demonstration. They can be flammable. So, you shouldn't apply them if you're going to be near a grill or any other source of flame. Reporter: Of course, there is something "Consumer reports" does not dispute. That foregoing sunscreen altogether is the worst option by far. Consumer reports says it takes about two tablespoons of sunscreen to cover your face and body. And don't wait until you're out in the sun. Slather it on at least 15 minutes before you head out. All good advice. Coming up, the extreme ways some students are paying for

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