A $6 Sunscreen Just Got a Perfect Score in Consumer Reports’ 2018 Sunscreen Guide

published Jun 16, 2018
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When it comes to sunscreen, less is never more. Except when it costs less but still works perfectly! Typical sunscreens from name brands can be anywhere between $10 to $25. Some people might find that pricey and try to buy store brand, but cutting costs on sunscreen isn’t always a wise choice.

Most people put sunscreen on when they are already at the beach or pool, but that is a little too late. You should apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going outside. And you can’t just apply once! Each sunscreen bottle has instructions on how often you should reapply it (roughly every 60 to 90 minutes) that need to be followed strictly.

If you take your sunscreen seriously but also love a good deal, look no further than Trader Joe’s! Their spray-on sunscreen just won a perfect score on Consumer Reports’ 2018 Sunscreen Guide . The best part is that it only costs $6!

The guide ranked 73 different sunscreens (lotions, sprays, lip balms, and sticks) based on UVA protection, UVB protection, and if the SPF listed on the label accurately matched up to Consumer Reports’ tested SPF level.

Two sunscreens earned perfect scores, La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-In Sunscreen Milk and Trader Joe’s Spray Sunscreen 50+ SPF. Those two sunscreens have very different price points, however. La Roche-Posay sells for $30, while Trader Joe’s sunscreen sells for $5.99.

Trader Joe’s lists their product with this description:

Spray Sunscreen SPF 50 provides UVA & UVB protection, and contains aloe, vitamin E, and coconut oil. It’s also water resistant. The spray-top twists to lock, making this convenient to toss into a purse, backpack or beach bag, without fear of accidental sprays – just remember to twist it to the “locked” position! Our price of $5.99 for each six ounce can is one of the best values we’ve seen in all of sunscreen-dom.

This sunscreen is perfect for the price, plus it is the right SPF level suggested by dermatologists. You should always stick to sunscreens with 30 SPF and above for the best UVA and UVB protection.