Consumer Reports Issues 2019 Sunscreen Recommendations; All Contain Oxybenzone
While acknowledging concerns about oxybenzone, Consumer Reports maintains the importance of sunscreen to help prevent skin cancer and says oxybenzone-containing offerings continue to test best when it comes to broad-spectrum protection and minimal SPF “variation.”
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