Skintastic Sunscreens

dw_flowerSoaking up the rays
Given the amount of sunscreen you'll slather on this summer, it's important to know that you're getting the best SPF for the buck.

Just as summer is heating up, Consumer Reports has released their 2010 list of superior sunscreens. (News for northern readers: CR also rates Canadian products!)

And the CR survey says…
These five sunscreens do a top-notch job of blocking both UVA and UVB rays. They stay on longer (even after 40 to 80 minutes in the water), rank low on the sticky residue scale (love)—and they're affordable.

Up & Up (Target) Sport Continuous Spray
Walgreens Sport Continuous Spray
Banana Boat Sport Performance Continuous Spray
Aveeno Continuous Protection Spray
Coppertone Waterbabies Lotion

Bottom line
The absolute best sun protection is a hat and a shirt, notes the Environmental Working Group, which rates sunscreens according to effectiveness and chemical safety.

But assuming you're baring some skin, use two to three tablespoons of lotion to cover your body. Sprays are harder to measure, but steady application over exposed areas should do it.

Your move
Summer budgeting starts this weekend. What are the spending hurdles on your horizon?