SPF Claims No More Reliable In 2018 Than Previous Years – Consumer Reports
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
The nonprofit publication’s 2018 sunscreen ratings and buying guide reflect its own SPF testing in which a third of sunscreens again underperformed dramatically compared with labeled SPFs. Low-scoring brands may face a new wave of false-advertising litigation, with many related suits still pending in federal and state courts.
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