My lotion sessions have, therefore, taken on a whole new meaning. I've switched to a daily lotion with SPF 15 included, but I read this article today and am feeling anxious about looking at the back of the bottle.
Experts say the best protection against UVA is a sunscreen that includes zinc oxide, titanium dioxide or avobenzone. Consumers should also look for those that are water-resistant and have an SPF of 30 or better, indicating strong protection against UVB rays, and apply liberally and often.
What I hate about articles like these, not to mention the American Cancer Society (currently featuring a photo of a sunscreen fan on the homepage) and Skin Cancer Foundation's web sites, is that they don't tell you specifically which brand of sunscreen fufills this criteria. The idea of educating the public is undermined when they fail to follow through on the research and offer "solutions." It's flattering that they think the public is so motivated as to stand in the sunscreen aisle for an hour, reading labels, but unrealistic.
I'll update after my sojourn to the store.