We've been coasting in the 80s here in New York, and no doubt the temps are rising where you are, too.
But before you pack up your suit and shorts for Memorial Day Weekend next week, don't forget to stock up on the most important pool-side accessory: a good sunscreen.
Making a sound pick will be easy with Consumer Reports' just-announced list of the very best sunscreens for the summer. And best of all, you can slather up on the cheap – four of the five top-rated sunscreens come from some of our favorite budget-friendly brands.
The Best Sunscreens for Summer 2017
1. La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-in Sunscreen Milk, $36
2. Trader Joe's Nourish Spray SPF 50+, $6
3. Equate Sport Lotion SPF 50, $5
4. Pure Sun Defense Disney Frozen Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50, $6
5. Banana Boat SunComfort Clear UltraMist Spray SPF 50+, $8
The independent consumer organization tested more than 60 lotions, sprays, sticks and lip balms to find those most effective at protecting against UVA and UVB rays, the leading cause of sunburn and a contributor to skin cancer.
While many of us — myself included — make a best guess based on a higher SPF (a.k.a. sun protectant factor), the method isn't fail-proof. In fact, Consumer Reports found that 23 products in its trial group tested at less than half their labeled SPF number.
That said, if you're unable to find any of the organization's top five picks, experts suggest using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 40. Also look out for chemical active ingredients like avobenzone, which five years of testing has shown to offer the best chance of getting at least SPF 30-level protection.
Regardless of which product you end up grabbing, remember the American Academy of Dermatology's recommendations to use a 1-ounce amount of sunscreen, applied 15 minutes before going outdoors, every two hours — and maybe more often if you're swimming or sweating.