What’s the best sunscreen? Consumer Reports reveals top picks

Living in Florida is paradise. It’s sunny nearly all year, the beaches are ranked the best in the world, and flip-flops are plentiful. But the temptations of our sunny skies can sometimes produce dangerous consequences.

Millions of cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year around the country, including the Sunshine State, and many of those diagnoses are deadly. What’s particularly scary is that doctors warn that all it takes is one bad sunburn.

In addition to melanoma, the aging process can increase exponentially during increased sun exposure without protection. Physicians have daily conversations with their patients about the importance of sunscreen.

So the question is, which ones are the best? 8 On Your Side has the answer.

Consumer Reports tested 34 water-resistant sunscreen products and the results may both surprise and enlighten you.

Trisha Calvo, the magazine’s deputy editor of health and food, revealed to NBC’S Today Show, seen on News Channel 8, which sunscreens scored highest.

Consumers were delighted when they heard the news, thrilled that their sun protection also protected their wallets.

Here are those that ranked the best, according to Consumer Reports magazine:

· La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios 60 Melt-In Sunscreen Milk, $36.

· Vichy Capital Soleil 50, $28.50.

· Coppertone Water Babies SPF 50, $10.50

· Equate Ultra Protection SPF 50, a Walmart brand, $9

When it comes to lotion versus spray, which one is best? This is a hotly debated topic. Ask just about anyone, and you’ll definitely get an opinion.

Long time board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Edward Farrior tells WFLA the safest bet is lotion. He explains his reason is that it can be applied more thoroughly than the spray. However, many people prefer the spray since it is a cleaner, faster method to protect your skin.

But in recent testing, ultraviolet light shows just how much skin actually people miss when they use the spray.

Dr. Farrior recommends using lotion first before you even walk out the door, covering your whole body, then using spray to touch up during the day.

In fact, doctors recommend the amount of lotion you should use would typically fill a shot glass. That amount can cover the entire body.

When it comes to sunscreens lotions, Dr. Ferrier doesn’t have a particular preference. He warns, “The point is, they are all good. You need to protect your skin with something. It’s imperative.”

But when it comes to the great debate on sunscreen spray versus sunscreen lotion, his choice is clear.

“Lotion does a more thorough job. Just protect your skin,” he said.

Dr. Farrior also told us that he has taken a recent liking to the Neutrogena sunscreen stick. It looks like a deodorant stick, and he says it is easy to get in hard-to-reach places on your body. He recommends taking extra care with the backs of your ears, the backs of your knees and the sides of your stomach, also known as the flank.

During Consumer Reports testing of sunscreen sprays, a warning was provided for parents – spray the product into hands first and then rub onto the skin. Do not, the magazine warns, rely solely on covering your child skin with sunscreen spray. Not only is it not recommended, it is simply not enough, according to experts. For adults using sunscreen spray, these rated highest:

· Banana Boat Sun Comfort Continuous Spray SPF 50+, $11.

· L’Oreal Quick Dry Sheer Finish 50+, $11

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