Evaluating Sunscreens

Friday, May 27, 2011

Dr. Urvashi Rangan, an environment and health scientist with Consumer Reports, helps explain the Consumer Reports sunscreen ratings -- what works best and is safest.

EPA's Sunwise UV index lookup.


Dr. Urvashi Rangan,

Comments [9]

Maude from Park SLope

what about mineral sunscreens? are those better?

May. 27 2011 11:58 AM
Bryan from Manhattan

I prefer to use private consumer protection services over relying on government regulations. Private consumer protection services are flexible and expeditious in evaluating innovations. Excessive government regulation is a drag on innovation and may lead to companies "gaming" the "official" designations.

May. 27 2011 11:58 AM
Capper from NYC

what does she have to say about Vanicream?

May. 27 2011 11:56 AM
Mike from Staten Island

Does sunscreen go bad? Is the stuff from last summer still good or should I go out and buy new?

May. 27 2011 11:56 AM
Kathryn Stec from NJ

I have several suncreen tubes with no date on them. If they were bought last summer, are these products still potent?

May. 27 2011 11:54 AM
tom from LICity

I'm an artist working plein air many hours and getting too much sun on the tip of my nose. Even a very expensive brand (Obagi) 50 SPF sunscreen, put on heavily, doesn't completely block the sun. What options are there short of lifeguard sunblock?

May. 27 2011 11:50 AM
Geoff from UES

Does a seal from the American Cancer Society ensure that the sunscreen protects against cancer? Someone told me that only such sunscreens can protect against cancer, and that average suncsreens cannot do so.

May. 27 2011 11:40 AM
Mark from NYC

Please ask your guest to comment on the fact that commercial sunscreens block vitamin D absorption, thereby contributing to various health problems.

May. 27 2011 10:15 AM
a g from n j

yet again, "toaster and crankshaft" specialists from consumer reports, being called in to talk about human health. how NPR'like. i don't suppose,this person is going to talk about the importance of vitamin supplementation in protecting,and repairing the skin. how the internal nutritional integrity, is crucial to immune support and protection from the sun. why should they,europe has banned most nutritional supplements,and we're next. thanks to the prescription drug cartel. but coming from a mechanistic minded org., such as consumer reports,which denigrates chiropractic,and does not have the scientific mind, to understand homeopathy,what would you expect ?

May. 27 2011 09:25 AM

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