Consumer Reports ranks the best sunscreens ahead of summer

Plus, dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe shares her tips for keeping your skin safe from the sun in the hot months of summer.
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Now to our summer sunscreen alert. "Consumer reports" has just released a list of the best brands for 2018. Board certified dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe is here with all the details. Good to see you here, Dr. Bowe. Thanks for having me. So, what are the top picks? Every year "Consumer reports" conduct their own in-house testing using their own laboratory and own research facility and they'll rank their top picks so this year their top picks in the lotion category are, drum roll, please, Laroche posaw, it's $36 and the equate lotion, $5 and top pick for sprays is the trader Joe's spray, $6. It shows you don't have to spend a lot of money. What should we look for on the label. The terms can get Kong fusing but some -- three you can find that are what's considered regulated by the fda. Meaning there are agreed upon definitions and have to meet certain requirements for a company to put that term on the label. Spf, broad spectrum and water-resistant so broad spectrum so important because it means it covers uva and uvb rays and both can cause skin cancer but water resistant if you're swimming, sweating, maybe not so much if you're going to work. We see other territories on the label. We lots of other terms. Unregulated terms like sport, natural, mingal, dermatologist recommended. Those are really pretty company can throw them on the tube and they don't have to meet any requirements. So what should we be aware of? A lot of us want to go natural and don't want as many chemicals. Think about most of the natural or mineral products, most of them contain only zinc or titanium dioxide. Those are great if you have sensitive skin. Less irritating and less likely to cause an allergy but when put to the test like "Consumer reports" does they tend to not perform as well. They're not as effective as the sunscreens that also contain the chemicals, so it's a little tricky. If you use those you got to make a really thick layer. Keep reapplying. Tell us how much we should use and the type. "Consumer reports" says you want to use about one ounce, this is -- I just happen to have a shot glass. You want to put a one ounce glass and aim for an spf of 40 or above and reapply every two hours if the skin dry and more frequently if you're getting wet. And sweating and stuff like that and she has a fabulous book. Ah, thank you "The beauty of dirty skin." "The beauty of dirty skin." Thank you. More tips from Dr. Bowe in our Instagram story. Always good to see you, and now

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