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Health: Your Sunscreen Might Not Be Working Properly

Nobody panic, but you may need to rethink your sunscreen choice after reading this article. It’s been discovered that certain brands and types of products are not adequately protecting us from the sun’s icky, harmful rays, and before this summer kicks off, we need to be informed.

Over the past year, researchers at Consumer Reports tested over 60 sunscreens of SPF 30 and higher, and astonishingly, 28 out of the 60 lotions, sprays and sticks were found to contain less SPF than they claimed, and in some cases, actually contained less than SPF 15. *shudders*

This cross-section of results follows four years of previous testing by Consumer Reports. Overall, products to look out for are those claiming to be water-resistant or what are referred to as mineral or “natural” sunscreens, which generally contain only titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, or both as active ingredients.

The following products passed with flying colours…

La Roche Posay sunscreen for redheadsLa Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Body Milk


Avon sun sunscreen for redheads
Avon Sun+ Sunscreen Face Lotion SPF 40


Equate sunscreen for redheads
Equate Ultra Protection Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50


Neutrogena Beach Defense sunscreen for redheads
Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen Lotion SPF 70

Beware, redheads, of the type of sun protection product you’re going for. Natural gingers with pale skin are at the highest risk of skin cancer and we need to keep ourselves as protected as possible. Always go for a well-reputed sun care brand, a high SPF factor of 30+, and always remember to reapply your sunscreen if you’re spending a while outside in the sun.


To read more on which products do or don’t make the cut according to Consumer Reports, visit consumerreports.org.


By Emma

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Emma Kelly is the Editor & Founder of Ginger Parrot. She dresses herself in mismatched multi-seasonal clothing and has a talent for sniffing out the next opportunity for coffee. She believes that any new band with a female musician is the next big thing and that whoever is currently dating Ryan Gosling is the luckiest lady on earth. Her biggest obsession is shopping online for castles, (probably) fueled by childish fantasies of finding her prince and settling down for a life of luxury, bathing in a pool of gin and bitter lemon. Other than that, though, she’ll be incessantly researching the latest gingerful news to deliver to Gingerkind.