Consumer Reports sensory panelists found that the facial sunscreens tested had little or no odor. Once applied to the skin, they left only a slight amount of residue, and some left none at all.
Consumer Reports tested for protection against UVB rays and UVA rays, the kind that causes wrinkles. Two facial sunscreens are recommended:
- The Avon Sun + Sunscreen Face Lotion with an SPF 40 for $9.
- Coppertone Sport High Performance Faces SPF 50 for about $10.
Consumer Reports' tests of Coppertone Faces showed it actually averaged an SPF of 41, but it will still deliver plenty of UVB as well as UVA protection.
When you apply sunscreen, you should use at least one teaspoon for your face, ears, and neck. Consumer Reports says your sun-protection regimen should also include sunglasses and a hat, plus you should try to stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when you're more likely to get burned.